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This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  8,298 ratings  ·  1,036 reviews
A touching and hilarious memoir by the author of Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story , This Time Together is 100 percent Carol Burnett – funny, irreverent, and irresistible.

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its
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Hardcover, 266 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Crown Archetype (first published 2010)
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Flannery
Jul 02, 2012 Flannery rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of comedy memoirs, quick audiobooks, Carol Burnett, and emotions
Recommended to Flannery by: Aileen
At the end of each episode of her eponymous show, Carol Burnett would sing "I'm So Glad We Had This Time Together," a short tune written by her then-husband and executive producer Joe Hamilton, and then tug her ear as a reminder to her gran that she was thinking of her. The lyrics are, in part, as follows:

I'm so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh, or sing a song.
Seems we just got started and before you know it
Comes the time we have to say, 'So long.'

There's a time you put aside
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TL
A lovely collection of reminisces from Carol's life. She's, as Carl as said herself, quite the run. All the things she has accomplished are amazing and impressive.

Some of her stories were so funny, I found myself thinking about them while at work and home. I purposefully dragged this one out because I didn't want it to end...it was such a wonderful time:).

Hearing Carol narrated it upped the enjoyment. Like with John Barrowman, I felt as if I was sitting on the couch listening to Carol tell her s
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Lotusgirl
Why I bought it? I actually didn't buy this one. A friend recommended it highly and lent it to me on CD.

Synopsis: Carol Burnett tells humorous vignettes and memorable moments from her life starting at her childhood and continuing through her rise to fame and beyond.

What I thought? There's a reason I'm breaking my regular schedule for this. I LOVED it. I highly recommend listening to this one. Carol Burnett narrates. She tarzan yells, sings, chuckles, and you chuckle along. It's completely enchan
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Misha Crews
Jun 17, 2012 Misha Crews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Misha by: Karen
Shelves: 2012
Probably the best thing I can say about This Time Together is this: I stopped reading for two days, right before the end, because I didn't want it to be over.

Like many people, I grew up watching The Carol Burnett Show, and I still count many moments of that show as some of the funniest I've ever seen on television. How many TV programs make you laugh 'til you're breathless? Hers managed to do that all the time. This memoir was pretty much as perfect as any fan could hope. It was as if Carol wer
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Schmacko
Carol Burnett is one of my heroes, someone who I remember clearly from when I was very little. I often imagined being related to her, as a Patrick to her Auntie Mame. What can I say; I’m one of 11 kids, and I had dreams of a charming and singular exit from destitution. Before my dad married my stepmother, who controlled our Zenith console like a despot ruler, I got to pick one television program a week; it was always The Carol Burnett Show.

This memoir is a collection of cute, funny stories about
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Amanda
My parents gave my sister and me a Kindle for Easter which I could go on and on about. Aside from being a wonderful gift, one of the best parts about it is that they are linked. If one of us buys a book then it pops up on all four devices. Another great perk seems to be that I'm going to read books that I wouldn't have ever picked up on my own like this one.

While I remember watching The Carol Burnett Show as a kid, it must have been in re-runs because it went off the air the year I was born. Ev
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Emily
Let me start of saying I love Carol Burnett. I find her hilarious and a good actress to boot. This however was bland and boring. I guess its kind of not a biography, or really a memoir. What it is, is tiny stories about people in her life, certain events etc. Each chapter is a new one about a different person or event and is only 3-4 pages long.

This wouldn't be so bad if it were more advertised this way and if the stories were more interesting. She glosses over a lot of things. Saying, things l
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Mike (the Paladin)
How many of you reading this recall The Garry Moore Show? I grew up watching it and still recall it for it's humor (as a kid the musical numbers were mostly of lesser interest). Mr. Moore gave a lot of people a start, people you'd recognize the names of but none was funnier than a woman who became a regular on the show. This program wan my own introduction to carol Burnett.

Here we have a memoir that will leave you laughing and wishing for more. If (like me) you recall Garry Moore as well as the
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Aileen
I've been wanting to write a review about this one for a while (I read it maybe a year-and-a-half ago), but haven't really been able to eloquently speak about how much I love Carol Burnett.

You know how every so often you come across someone who's, quite honestly, the nicest person you've ever met? I have a friend like this (Hi Sonnet!) who'll greet me in the morning with a, "Hey, Aileen! Aren't you looking fabulous today. You're so pretty! And wonderful! And I love you!" and other stuff that mak
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
When I was growing up, everything stopped for the Carol Burnett show. My mother loved the singing and dancing while we kids loved the silly sketches and inventive costumes. Since we had never left the Midwest and didn't go to non-Disney movies in those days, we didn't get some of the references, but that was OK. We wanted to see what Carol's latest mad character would be, or watch Tim Conway crack up Harvey Korman with his wide-eyed innocent look and the "little old man" schtick. (I didn't like ...more
bookczuk
The audio version of this book is read by Carol Burnett, herself, and hearing it in her own voice adds a nice layer to all the stories told. I'd read Ms. Burnett's first book about growing up in an extremely dysfunctional, yet extremely loving family. This was a nice follow-up -- stories of her breaking into show-biz, time on TV, family life, and life after The Carol Burnett Show. There were quite a few funny moments, some poignant, and some really interesting/informational. It was more on the s ...more
Kathleen Hagen
This Time Together, Laughter and Reflections, by Carol Burnett, narrated by Carol Burnett, produced by Random House Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This book got me through a harrowing weekend laughing throughout. Here we have remembrances of people and events, and the back story to scenes for the Carol Burnett show which lasted eleven years and got 25 Emmys. We hear reminiscences of her friendships with Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, Beverely Sills, Julie Andrews, (including a prank that she a
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George
ENJOYABLE BUT A BIT BLAND
(Less bland in audio format)

Now, the senility begins/continues. I was at least three hours into the audiobook of This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection, by Carol Burnett, before I realized that the anecdotes I was hearing ware very familiar. Familiar, but none-the-less enjoyable listening.

Sure enough, a quick consult with goodreads.com—my favorite memory outsource—confirmed that I had read an eBook edition of this book when it was first published, three years ago.

T
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Delightful, really. The lady knows how to tell a story. In this one she tells a lot of stories about the great variety of famous people she has had the pleasure to know as friends and co-workers. She is one class act.

Thanks to my sister's college roommate, I will always think of eye boogers when I think of Carol Burnett. For those of you who don't know, that's pronounced "AAH boo-GAHS."
Wendy
I read Carol Burnett's memoirs about her childhood, One More Time, about 15 years ago and loved it. I've always been a fan and grew up looking forward to her weekly TV shows for top-notch entertainment and lots of laughs. I think I love her even more after listening to her narrate her own auto-biography of her years in television and movies, including her marriages and children and friendships developed with other actors. Her stories combine a rich combination of humor and tenderness and left me ...more
Kathie
Jul 21, 2010 Kathie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoyed Carol's television show.
If you like Carol Burnett, you will like this book. This book includes funny stories and touching stories about her life, her family, and her career as a comedienne, stage and television actress and singer. The short chapters in her familiar, comfortable style reveal anecdotes about those she worked with on her show and others who were guest stars and friends, including Lucielle Ball, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, Marlon Brando, Jim Nabors, Joan Crawford, Beverly Sills, the list could go on and ...more
Louise
Carol Burnett has written a beautiful memoir of her rise in show business and the people she’s met along the way. With her wonderful sense of humour she tells us of her most hilarious moments to her most heartbreaking moments.

Carol was fortunate enough to work with the best of the best from the comedy world such as: Lucille Ball, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, and Carol Channing. She worked with the best of actors like: Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Marlon Brando. Carol even worked with the hugely
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Linda Rowland
Almost a five. I give a lot of fives since I base my stars on how much I enjoy reading something.
She told my two favorite stories so that meant a lot. Only caught one error.
It could have been a series of who I know, but she was honest about the fumbling she did on meeting big stars.
Cheryl
I've always enjoyed Carol Burnett and so I thought I would enjoy this memoir. She is a pillar in the TV industry and it was fun to read the stories of her life in the industry. She keeps things fairly curtained concerning her private life except for her daughter's battle with cancer. I think she keeps the details of her divorces and other relationship whoas at surface level because of her desire not to put down anyone she has had problems in relationships with over the years. I have to admire th ...more
Petra
In the beginning of the book, Carol tells us that this is more or less a collection of stories for her grandsons and she has decided to share it with everybody. I wasn't sure if I would like this approach to a biography. And for some people, I probably wouldn't but Carol was able to pull it off brilliantly. Almost every "story" is just a couple pages so I would 4 or 5 before going to sleep each night. I could hear her voice telling some of these stories. They are funny, sweet, and highlight the ...more
Tara
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Kerry Riffle
Funny, sweet, touching. Simply a series of short chapters/tales from Carol's life - mostly revolving around her career - this is a fun, quick read that ever fan of Carol's should pick up.
Mishka
Totally enjoyed this! Watched this show so much when I was growing up and now I really want to find it online so I can enjoy it again!
Jane
A touching and hilarious memoir by the author of Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story , This Time Together is 100 percent Carol Burnett – funny, irreverent, and irresistible.

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or mem
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Rich
"Nanny, I know that man."
"What do you mean, you know him?"
"I just do. He's my friend; we just haven't met yet."
Carol Burnett had this exchange with her grandmother after seeing a Jimmy Stewart film. She felt this connection of warmth and friendship, years before they actually met.

This is the way I have always felt about Carol Burnett. I've just known her. I grew up with her. She made me laugh until my sides hurt and I had tears in my eyes -- every week, and then, in syndication, every evening.

Th
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Marius van Blerck
I listened to the audio book, which Carol Burnett narrated earlier this year (2010). The book is an absolute pleasure, and this is largely because of the author's personality. I loved her long-running show, and it was obvious to me back then that the cast had great fun making the show. The book confirms this, and more, with many fascinating (and some emotional) insights into the life of this wonderful comedienne. She's the aunt, cousin or friend we would have all liked to have. Good on you, Caro ...more
Linda
It was great. I read it in one day and I haven't done that in a lot of years. The chapters were short and to the point. One was less than a half page long. It made the read go faster because I kept telling myself, "I can read just two more pages." She basically answered the most FAQ that have been asked of her over the years. Any fan of her show would enjoy the behind the scenes stories. I have a Nook, but I borrowed this from the Riverwoods library.
Sandi
A feel-good memoir (really a collection of reminiscences and stories) of Burnett's life and career from her first jobs in California, to moving to New York City and landing her first job on Broadway, to her television success. I listened to the audio version read by the author and I think this greatly enhanced the experience. Burnett can still really project her voice and the humor and emotion really came through.
Ann
I enjoyed this book. She has a wonderful sense of humor. She discussed family and show business through the years and she spent at least a chapter on each of her costars from her show. Also mixed in some very humurous stories about everyday life (especially encounters with regular folk). The ending was very touching when she discussed her daughters passing.

Nothing earth shattering here just some good laughs.
Meghan
I first discovered Carol Burnett, when I watched reruns of her great variety show 'The Carol Burnett Show', with my maternal grandma. I quickly became a fan and enjoyed her work as Miss Hannigan in 'Annie', along with alot of great guest star roles through the years. I never knew much about her life though. When you hear about her childhood, you see how far she's come and she herself days she's truly blessed for all that's come her way. She tells great stories of the legends she met along the wa ...more
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