I Remember Me (Unabridged)
by Carl Reiner
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For over half a century, millions have appreciated Carl Reiner's work as comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author. Winner of numerous accolades, including 12 Emmy wins and one Grammy award, Carl Reiner once again brandishes his literary talents to tell the story of his life in I Remember Me. Reiner reminisces on 90 years of love and laughter, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs. Told with a warm heart and an occasional touch of nostalgia, Reiner draws from decades of family, friends and fun to illuminate his life and career as one of America's most loved and memorable figures. I Remember Me weaves an American tapestry of colorful tales, beginning with the timid musings of a young boy on the verge of becoming a man in the Jewish section of New York's Bronx neighborhood, and bringing us up to date with the mature insight of a man whose remarkable trajectory has sent him to the top of Hollywood's elite and sparked the careers of dozens of household-name entertainers. Along the way, Reiner treats his listeners to everything from the ordinary to the truly unforgettable: a family trip to a nude beach, French lessons with Mel Brooks, a chapter dedicated to Rinnie (the dog who unfortunately mistakes a skunk for a cat), a surprise early-morning visit from the McCarthy era FBI, a heart wrenching story of loss describing the day of his wife's passing, and then - in a revealing chapter of Reiner's character - he describes "the most theatrically triumphant day" of his young career. Through his memoir, we meet the man behind the success in roles rarely seen before: son to Romanian immigrant Irving Reiner; husband to fellow Bronx native and renowned singer Estelle Reiner; father to the prolific filmmaker Rob Reiner, psychoanalyst Dr. Annie Reiner, gifted singer, and, Lucas Reiner, a globally recognized fine artist. Written with the same combination of playful jest and modest humility that has garnered the love and respect of fans for generations, I Remember Me remembers the creative and inspiring journey of one of the most revered comedic icons of the past hundred years.
This recording is sweet, sentimental, sometimes sad and even schmaltzy. But it's not funny. I know, I couldn't believe it either. You may smile but I tended more toward yawning. I'd been looking forward to the man who'd written decades of the funniest stuff on television. But nothing. If you knew the people or pets he goes on about it might be interesting as you looked back on your memories too. But as it is you learn all about the talents of his wife as a singer and a lot of hatred for Conservatives and Ronald Reagan in particular but frankly I couldn't care less and doubt you will either at these prices. Carl, bless him, thinks some of his stories are funny but I guess you had to be there. But I didn't find myself wishing I were there. One warning: about halfway through Reiner feels the need to imitate his pet in a loud yowling...Beware if you're wearing earphones or listening while falling asleep. Maybe it's me. Maybe I'll care when I'm 90 like Carl. I hope I get the chance to have you ask me then but I also hope I'll be listening and laughing to something funny instead.