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This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  11,565 Ratings  ·  1,333 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
Audio CD, 6 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Random House Audio (first published 2010)
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Feb 25, 2015 TL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: don't remember
*upping my rating :)*
*Minor edits to original review*
Original read: March 6th-15th 2015
Re-read: April 22nd-30th 2016 (need comfort reads)
Third Re-read: January 2017

Can I adopt Carol into my family?:) Would still highly recommend, got myself the physical version of this as well.

This book still lifts my spirits... started it again when I was having a black mood and fell right back into listening to Carol relate her stories :)

Some are still my favorites and some still have me tearing up... the
This is a wonderful collection of stories from Carol. Expect no muck-racking or trash talking about other celebrities-Carol is too classy for that. You can expect to learn more about her variety show, all of her guests and co-stars, and a little about her family and her life growing up. There are very few sad moments or stories here, but that was just fine with me.

Highly recommended in audio form for fans of the Carol Burnett show.
Mar 30, 2011 Flannery rated it it was amazing
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
I was watching Annie with my little one the other day and within minutes, I was shaking my head. How could any actress even attempt to play Miss Hannigan after Carol Burnett's performance. It wasn't just that it was funny. In fact, it may not be a lot of people's cup of tea because it is so broad, as is her style. It was that Carol Burnett decided that her character was going to play this silly, comedy musical, as if it was a melodrama. She was Joan Crawford at her long-suffering, martyr best!!! ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Lotusgirl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I adore Carol Burnett!!! My sister and I both do. Growing up we couldn’t wait for Saturday night to roll around and the privilege of staying up late to watch “The Carol Burnett Show” featuring Vickie Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Tim Conway. Zany skits – elaborate musical numbers – colorful costumes – a live orchestra and audience – and headliner guest stars. So many laughs. So many great memories, lying on funky-orange shag carpet, chins propped in our hands, eyes glued to the old Magnavox conso ...more
Misha Crews
Jun 17, 2012 Misha Crews rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 07, 2011 Schmacko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 11, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike (the Paladin)
May 09, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
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
Oct 20, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Burnett is an icon in comedy and this collection of short anecdotes about her life in the business, her family, and her friendships was really interesting and fun. Nothing too deep here, she has other memoirs on the meat and potatoes of her life. This was mostly fun with a couple of heart breakers thrown in for substance. She is a really amazing person!
Mar 23, 2011 Aileen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
3.5 stars

Carol Burnett had amiable, but alcoholic, parents and was raised in the Hollywood area by her grandmother. Early in life Carol realized she wanted to be an entertainer and, with talent and drive, became a very successful comedian, singer, and actor. Along the way Carol acted in stage plays, TV shows, and movies. She was a regular on the Garry Moore TV variety show for years and then had her own TV variety show for 11 seasons. Carol was also married three times, had three daughters, an
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
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

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
Apr 23, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 28, 2011 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 5 stars, not because it is great literature, it's not, but because it is exactly what I want when I pick up a show biz biography/memoir. It was an easy read, well written,and had lots of backstage insights and tidbits about other stars. I was already familiar with some of the stories from other books or interviews. But most them were new to me and I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
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."
Oct 09, 2016 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candid, hysterical, and even heartbreaking at times. I have been a fan of Carol Burnett for as long as I can remember. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her narrating snippets of her life.
Aug 06, 2010 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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—my favorite memory outsource—confirmed that I had read an eBook edition of this book when it was first published, three years ago.

Aug 06, 2010 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2010 Petra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 02, 2010 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 20, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auto-biography
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
Marius van Blerck
Jun 24, 2010 Marius van Blerck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Angele Gougeon
Oct 02, 2016 Angele Gougeon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love biographies. And Mrs. Burnett's biography, 'This Time Together,' did not disappoint.
Personable, humorous and sometimes poignant. It left me wishing for more.
I can not recommend this novel enough. A feel-good read that you will be unable to put down.
Kerry Riffle
Dec 23, 2014 Kerry Riffle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Entirely enjoyable. Easily my favorite memoir so far.
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CAROL BURNETT has been an actor on Broadway, on television, and in the movies. She has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, The Mark Twain Prize for Humor and the Kennedy Center Honors, among other singular achievements of a woman comedian who was nothing less than a pioneer and a role model for stars like Tina Fey, Amy Pohler and Amy Schumer.
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“Carol, if you could be a member of the opposite sex for twenty-four hours, and then pop back and be yourself again, who would you be and what would you do?” My mind started racing like mad. Opposite sex? For twenty-four hours? Who would I be? What would I do? I said a quick little prayer. Please, let me just open my mouth and have whatever comes out make sense. I took a deep breath and what came out was this: “I’d be Osama bin Laden, and I’d kill myself.” 3 likes
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