Audiobook Review: In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett. Carol Burnett people, who wouldn’t love an audiobook narrated by Carol Burnett? I may be dating myself, you know who she is right? I love her.
Title:In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox Author:Carol Burnett Publish Date: September 13th 2016 by Crown Archetype
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Why I Picked It Up: Not all books work as audiobooks. I was taking a break from Podcasts and needed one that was guaranteed to be good. Memoirs or Autobiographies are usually narrated by the author which makes them so much more interesting, so I can always count on them to be a good choice. I figured Carol Burnett had to be entertaining and I love to laugh while I’m driving. Plus I’ve done a lot of heavy books lately (suspense, thriller, etc).
The Official Summary (from Goodreads)
Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.
Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show’s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.
Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, In Such Good Companyskillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars—the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day—Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode.
Here are all the topics readers want to know more about, including:
• how the show almost didn’t air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents;
• how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway;
• anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White;
• the people behind the scenes from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show’s opening Q&A;
• and Carol’s takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise.
This book is Carol’s love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.
I checked this book out from the library via Overdrive and then listened it in the car to and from work. I love the fact that my library has so many audiobooks available! They also let you search by narrator which is great if you find one you like. Believe me, a narrator has made me switch a book from audiobook to reading it. Not all books work as audiobooks!
While I never watched The Carol Burnett Show, I am very familiar with the show, with many actors from the show and of course with Carol Burnett herself. Getting to hear the stories directly from her were so much fun. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments. Carol Burnett is simply charming as she shares how she first met Vicky Lawrence, worked with Tim Conway and had the opportunity to work with so many amazing celebrities. She comes across as so humble when she really is a legend. Another thing that was so interesting was to hear about how TV was done at that time. The costumes, the musical numbers, the music and the intro, everything is so different from how things are done now!
So what didn’t I like? Some of the stories started to feel a little repetitive at times, but I guess the show was on for eleven years! I think it would have been a completely different story if I hadn’t listened to it as an audiobook. Hearing Carol do the voices, and even hearing audio clips from some of the other actors just completed the book.
This book really is the perfect example why memoirs make the best audiobooks. When I get in an audiobook slump, where I just can’t get into any of the audiobooks I check out, I either turn to podcasts or download a memoir. I love learning about other people and it’s the perfect way to do it.
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