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The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life

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An alternate cover edition of this book, with ISBN 978198215799, can be found here.

Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career.

Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
I’m very sad to only give this 3 stars. However this was entirely different than what I expected.

I’ve been raised on Jeopardy. At 7:30, my family and I would all gather to watch it, every single weeknight. This was just what we did from as far back as I can remember. I’ve even taken the test to be on the show several times, but have never made it to auditions! Alex trebek has always been someone I respected and looked up to as a more intelligent human.

I feel like he would be a great conversati
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Matt
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The world lost a great man today...

I was quite pleased to be able to get my hands on this brief autobiographical piece by Alex Trebek. He entertains readers with some pieces from his long time in the public spotlight, as well as many of his more personal moments. Trebek hails from Sudbury, Ontario and grew up in a loving home, where he was able to develop as a fully bilingual child. Trebek speaks a great deal of his diametrically opposed parents—a heavy drinking father and teetotaling mother—wh
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Diane Barnes
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bedtime-books
I never read political books or celebrity biographies. The first category just raises my blood pressure, the second goes on the I could care less list. But this.....well, this is Alex Trebek. He's not a celebrity, he's a member of my family.
When I had finished 18 hours of labor when my daughter was born, exhausted and weepy, he was there to comfort me. And he had all the answers! When I fought with that same daughter as a teen, again, exhausted and weepy, there he was. Bad day at work....Alex. S
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Elyse  Walters
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook...read by Ken Jennings and Alex Trebrk

And the answer is.....
FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

I’m a total blubbery mess though—
my eyes are still red from having an ugly cry...one that I felt coming on for a couple of days—
I lost it, with this book!

Jeopardy fan or not.... there’s so much to love about this book.
....It’s personal...
....so darn heartfelt...
fun...
....informative and engaging...
with many wonderful life stories throughout:
...marriage, divorce, another marriage, kids, traveling, Toronto, L
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Matthew
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had luck with uplifting timely biographies lately. Trebek's biography and Michael J. Fox's most recent memoir have both been recent audiobooks for me. Each of them was released this year and both contain content related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Talk about up to the minute updates before publication! Also, they were both great books as they present uplifting outlooks on life in the face of mortality and illness. I can only dream of having as optimistic an outlook on life as Trebek and Fox ...more
Yun
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Jeopardy! has long been a staple in our family, and we try to catch it every chance we get. My husband, in particular, loves the show, and we have a friendly competition going to see who can shout out the most correct answers before they're revealed. If one of us is particularly clever, that person even gets to lord it over the other for a couple of hours afterwards. So I was super curious when I saw that Trebek's memoir was coming out.

The Answer Is… is a look back at Trebek's life and his work
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Carole
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek offers the reader a view into his life and a look at his influence on a program that has endured for decades. His approach to life and to death speaks of a simple man who lived a fascinating life. There is food for thought here, from his love of family to his courage when faced with a terminal diagnosis. All proceeds from this book are to be donated to people who live in poverty or have special needs.
Zoeytron
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
I dislike game shows in general, and rarely read biographies or autobiographies.  An exception had to be made for Alex Trebek.  My husband and I have watched Jeopardy! for well over 30 years.  Other reviewers have mentioned how Alex almost feels like a member of the family, or a good friend.  I agree wholeheartedly.  As well known as he is, there is an utter lack of pomposity about him.  From the first, he insisted on being introduced as the "host" rather than the "star" of the show.   The book ...more
Sheri
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, 2020
A nice narrative about a nice man. The brief anecdotes kept things moving along while still allowing for good insight into Alex Trebek’s character. I came away with a solid impression of Alex as a humble, down-to-earth, all-around good guy who hasn’t let his celebrity status affect him negatively. An enjoyable listen about a true American icon.
Carol
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
George Alexander Trebek ~ July 24, 1940 - November 8, 2020

Jeopardy!

Oh I loved this book, but am so MAD! I rarely ever miss Jeopardy and was so looking forward to watching the last weeks of Alex Trebek's taped shows, but several days ago my money-grubbing cable provider together with the equally money-grubbing owner of NBC removed the channel that I pay for! Combined with Covid, staying home ALL the time and other recent disappointments I won't bore you with, I am ticked!

Anyway, this was a f

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Brina
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like millions, I grew up watching jeopardy. In Chicago, the quiz show was on at 3:30 in the afternoon, a segue between afternoon rest and coffee and supper prep on a lazy day off from school. Many times I organized my schedule around when the show was on because I did not want to miss it. I would watch with my mom and we both were determined to see if we knew more than the contestants. Sometimes we did, many times we did not. I even tried out for the teen tournament in high school, and I can att ...more
Holly
Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Watching Jeopardy is part of our weekday routine in my house - my husband and I watch it together and we individually keep track of how many 'answers' we shout out correctly before they are revealed by either a contestant or Trebek. We then compare our totals at the end of the show and the person with the highest score is that day's Jeopardy champion. It's a fun friendly competition. So of course I had to go ahead an pick this book up, and in audiobook format because it's narrated both by Trebek ...more
Perry
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The man was like the favorite uncle of all North America. He was also a really good guy. In this day and age, that, sadly, is saying quite a something.

I enjoyed learning more about him and of his will to live. His memoir is not a deep think-piece, nor is it particularly profound. What it is: life-affirming and a must for any fan of his Jeopardy!
Christy
3.5 stars

I absolutely love Jeopardy. It’s the only game I have on my phone and not to toot my own horn, but I’m a billionaire on there 😉 When I saw Alex Trebek had a memoir out I knew I had to read it. I’ve been on the wait list for my library for what seems like forever, and I was so sad to hear that while I was waiting, he passed. His story was interesting and he seemed like a great man. I loved the few chapters her narrated. I do wish this was a little more in depth and fully narrated by him,
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Jean
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am a big Jeopardy fan. I have been watching since it started in the late 1960s. At that time, I also watched College Bowl hosted by Alan Ludden (Betty White’s husband). I wish they would bring back College Bowl. I would rather watch college teams compete academically as well as in sports.

The book is well written. I chose to purchase the Kindle version because of the photographs instead of the audiobook. Trebek provides a brief overview of his life growing up in Canada. Most of the book is abou
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Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Did i cry just by hearing Alex say thank you and goodbye? Yes. Yes, I did
Kathleen
"I believe in the will to live.
I believe in the power of positivity.
I believe in optimism.
I believe in hope."
- Alex Trebek


Last year I was surprised when my mother informed me that Alex Trebek announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Due to the outpouring of love and kindness, cards and letters with prayers, and encouragement , Alex Trebek
felt he should write a book.

Longtime "Jeopardy" host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career. He has hos
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Connie G
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
11/8/2020 Alex Trebek died today after battling pancreatic cancer. In addition to his career on Jeopardy, he was known for being caring, warm, and an extremely nice guy. Rest in peace.


Alex Trebek, the longtime host of the game show "Jeopardy!," reflected on his life in this warm, conversational book. In addition to amusing anecdotes about his career in "Jeopardy!," he tells about his childhood in Canada and his present life in Los Angeles. He's a loving husband, and thinks the world of his two a
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Toni
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, audiobook
How can one rate Alex Trebek on his own memoir, or as he prefers, his brief autobiography. It’s all the stars, of course.
I’ve always been a Jeopardy fan since my mother watched it when I was younger, then my older sister and me. The tradition continues but now my kids are too smart and way too fast!
Alex is just the guy I thought he was, a regular guy, as he describes himself. A nice guy, good neighbor and family man, and he even fixes stuff around his house! Very interesting to know he has a g
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Larry H
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'll admit I waited a while before reading Alex Trebek's The Answer Is... , reflections on life from the late game show host and television icon.

“...even if you are learning facts that you are not going to be able to use in your daily life, it enriches you—the fact itself just enriches you as a human being and broadens your outlook on life and makes you a more understanding and better person.”

I watch very little television, but watching Jeopardy every night has definitely been a ritual fo
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Michelle
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. These are words that NO ONE can bear to hear...but my Dad heard them and so did Alex Trebek. My Dad used to say to me all of the time that they were going to beat it together. Although both men are gone, but never forgotten, they will be remembered as being tough as nails and refusing to let this disease bring them down.

“A lot of people think I’m pretty sharp as the host of Jeopardy, but when I look back on my life I did plenty of stupid things.” Alex keeps it real thi
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Cindy Rollins
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, 2020
Lovely chat with Alex Trebec.
MissBecka Gee
This was just okay for me.
While I did get to hear Alex Trebek swear (it's kind of magical), I feel like a large portion of this book was dedicated to other people's stories.
The stories we do hear surrounding him were delivered with something like aloofness.
Maybe it was just me hoping for more.
He is still one of my all time favourite Canadians, and I will miss him when he's gone.
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Mimi
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Was going to read just a few pages this morning, but ended up reading the whole book. Because who doesn't like Alex Trebek? And it's surprisingly current, wrapping up with life in COVID-19 quarantine. ...more
Tzipora
4.5 stars only because I wish it had been even longer!
But maybe 5 stars anyway because it’s Alex fucking Trebek! (I think he’d get a kick out of that, as much as I try to watch my language in reviews, there’s some early ribbing from Alex about his own love of cussing and how that may shock some).


I suppose I’ll start this review by telling you my own probably very typical story of what Alex and Jeopardy means. I don’t have the best relationship with my family. I grew up in a lot of chaos (and in
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Rory
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs-and-bios
I was surprisingly moved by this book--Alex is waging great war with a cancer that has killed people I love, and he carries himself with so much grace and gratitude. I'm going to give this five stars because it's 2020 and anything that makes you really cry without ALSO making you want to scream is an esteemed, important part of any media diet.

I liked the loose formatting and flash memories. I thought Alex came across as genuine and dedicated, if a bit pompous. Loved his generous take on Kenny J
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Kevidently
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Normally, I don't talk specifically about the audio editions of books I read. Mainly because of the structure of a sentence like that: I didn't READ, precisely, I LISTENED. But I'm of the opinion that audio reading is still reading, so long as it's not abridged. And in the case of Alex Trebek's new autobiography, the audio makes a few fairly significant changes that colored and nuanced my love of the book.

First off, Alex doesn't read most of the book. Often when I see two readers on the front co
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Rachael ☕️
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not a typical autobiography, but rather this book is exactly what the title states- Alex's reflections on things throughout his life. At first I was thrown off by the casualness of the writing, I guess I assumed it would be more literary, but after I adjusted to it I really enjoyed the writing style. It didn't feel overthought or overworked. ...more
Celeste
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Jeopardy was a huge part of my childhood. It seemed like every time I visited my grandparents, which was everyday, Jeopardy was on. It’s how I learned to embrace my huge thirst for and retention of useless trivia. Because it’s not totally useless if it could potentially help you win on Jeopardy one day, right? It’s why the only team I joined in school was Quiz Bowl, and why Quiz Bowl captain was one of my favorite things to list on college applications. It’s part of the bond I share with the afo ...more
Brandon
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Answer Is… is the memoir from long-time Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek.  Those looking for a standard paint-by-numbers linear memoir may be disappointed, but what you get here is likely a better experience.  I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook, which aside from the introduction, the conclusion and a handful of chapters read by Alex, was mostly read by Alex’s friend and Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings.

In his memoir, Alex muses on the highlights of his life.  From growing up the son
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Alex Trebek was a Canadian-American television personality, game show host and actor. He was the host of the syndicated game show Jeopardy! after its revival in 1984, and also hosted a number of other game shows, including The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration, and To Tell the Truth.

Trebek also made appearances in numerous television series, in which he
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