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Talk Show

Lu par : Dick Cavett
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For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation’s most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.

Pull up a chair and listen to Cavett's stories about one-upping Bette Davis, testifying on behalf of John Lennon, confronting Richard Nixon, scheming with John Updike, befriending William F. Buckley, and palling around with Groucho Marx. Sprinkled in are tales of his childhood in Nebraska in the 1940s and 1950s, where he honed his sense of comic timing and his love of magic.

Cavett is also a wry cultural observer, looking at America today and pointing out the foibles that we so often fail to notice about ourselves. And don't even get him started on politicians.

A generation of Americans ended their evenings in Dick Cavett's company. Talk Show is a way to welcome him back.

©2010 Richard A. Cavett (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

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  • Martha Humphreys
  • 14/07/2011

Witty, wry and wonderfully entertaining...

As a long time fan of Dick Cavett, his memoir "Talk Show" took me down memory lane of some of my literary heroes, television greats, political silly people and the golden era of live television. Mr. Cavett's intelligent insights and observations of those familiar faces and public figures enlighten his readers/listeners with his humor and his understanding.
I especially enjoyed his analysis of the Imus firing situation, perhaps because I agree with it. I wonder if Mr. Cavett's respect of the I-man remains after his "defection" to Fox Speak...more's the pity.

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  • Janet
  • 12/05/2011

Pretend he's not being pretentious, & you'll enjoy

I rarely watched Cavett's show (he always seemed TOO full of himself), and yet I've seen brief clips of many of the shows I missed and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Maybe that's the answer...Cavett in small doses is manageable. At least I found MOST of these columns to be either interesting, humorous (the ones about Richard Nixon, George Bush) or downright poignant (the one about Paul Newman brought tears). I DID NOT enjoy learning he was not only friends with - but GOOD FRIENDS with - the irksome William F. Buckley. And Cavett seems to get far too much enjoyment remembering tales of his childhood/teen vandalism, minor though it may have been.

His writing skills are exceptional, and he's a pleasant narrator

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  • Anthony Freyberg
  • 18/11/2010

Dick Cavett Remembers

I’ve was never a fan of Dick Cavett. I tried and tried to watch his talk show. He got terrific guests. But all that unrestrained wit and unbearable, never ending cleverness was too distracting for words. I couldn’t figure out who he was trying to impress – the celebrities, his audience, the crew, himself? Maybe if he had an English accent it would have been easier to take. But Dick Cavett the writer is another matter. He’s got great stories to tell and he tells them with the same wit and style I found so tedious on television. A few of the anecdotes are dated and boring but that’s what the fast forward button is for. Most of his tales are truly wonderful and he reads them in a warm, relaxed conversational manner. Its almost as if he were sitting next to me in the car. He’s a lot more likable that way.

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  • David
  • 12/11/2012

Exceeded My Expectations - Considerably

Would you consider the audio edition of Talk Show to be better than the print version?

Yes. I have a preference for books read by the author.

What other book might you compare Talk Show to and why?

Since this is one of the very few memoirs I've read, it's hard to compare, although I did listen to Michael Caines most recent and Cavett's compared more than favorably.

What does Dick Cavett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Obviously, his voice (tone, modulation, inflection, etc.)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The John Wayne segments. A pair that is hard to imagine

Any additional comments?

I bought the audio thinking it would be a straight forward memoir. At first I was disappointed at it being a reading of his blogs. However, after I got into the pattern, I was very pleased. As to Mr Cavett himself, I found him to be more agreeable and empathic than I thought. That said is absolute intolerance of folks addicted to food and alcohol was a bit disconcerting.

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  • Joanne Shepson
  • 21/03/2011

Love it!

I just love this audiobook. I always enjoyed Dick Cavett.....it's refreshing to listen to someone so intelligent and articulate. I've missed his TV show and was thrilled when I learned of this book. He kept me company on a long car trip. It felt like he was in the passenger seat telling me stories. Since I've returned home, I've played several for my husband and some friends, and I enjoy them the second time through just as much as the first. He's brilliant!

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  • Gretchen SLP
  • 13/08/2018

Worth It Despite Author’s Haughty Pretentiousness

Like previous reviewers Janet and Anthony, I’ve had an instinctive aversion to Dick Cavett ever since childhood due to what (even to my youthful, inexperienced eye) appeared to be his incredibly inflated ego and pompous, name-dropping, wittier-than-thou style. That didn’t prevent this from being at least a four-star listen for me, however, because so many of the tales (of Cavett’s own experiences, many with authors, actors, musicians and other celebrities) are so interesting. I actually bought the Kindle version of the book too, just so I could keep reading even when listening would have been inconvenient. But listening was its own pleasure because Cavett has great comic timing and reads so smoothly it’s as if he’s just ad-libbing. This could almost have been a five-star listen across the board, except for a few unfortunate facts:

1.) This is a compilation of Cavett’s NYT columns from about 2007-2011; it’s not a new work.

2.) As other reviewers have noted, inclusion of columns related to a particular political campaign dramatically shorten the shelf-life of a book. No one still cares about (even if they still dimly remember) any particular speech delivered by John McCain or Sarah Palin, or by Hillary Clinton when she was running against Obama for the Democratic nomination. All of the political columns and columns relating to one specific, relatively minor current event should have been omitted from this collection. Ditto the column that is solely devoted to raving about how The Sopranos represents the zenith of television and how Cavett feels sorry for anyone who doesn’t recognize this.

3.) If you’re going to be an overt grammar snob, at least bother to be correct! I noticed at least one instance of misuse of the word “incidence” to mean incident or instance, as in “there were several incidences” of something, and occasional other errors of grammar, syntax and usage. Even as an English teacher married to an English professor, I wouldn’t normally care, but... Mr. Cavett, if you’re going to throw stones, maybe move out of your glass house first.

4.) Cavett often uses the most roundabout, wordy-for-the-sake-of-being-wordy language possible when the sentence would have been 10x clearer, simpler and more effective if written in straightforward prose. For example, a heart attack becomes, in Cavettspeak, “acute discomfort in the cardiac region.” (This from a man who faults physicians for “euphemizing” cancer as CA, clearly unaware that this is just medical shorthand like any other, eg HTN/hypertension, ABO/antibiotic, Pt/patient, or PNA/pneumonia.) A typical example of a Cavett sentence run amok: Instead of just saying “Younger readers may need to Google Walter Winchell to understand this story,” Cavett writes, “Readers who’ve achieved a number of years toward the minimal end of the age scale might feel the need of a dose of Wikipedia upon hearing the moniker Walter Winchell.”

Verdict: A-

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  • Jack
  • 24/12/2012

Dick Cavett Talks Trash!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Already have because I learned a lot of trivia and love it

What did you like best about this story?

How witty it was

What does Dick Cavett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His delivery as a speaker/writer

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sure if time would permit but I didn't. Four sittings.

Any additional comments?

I thought the book was a true insight as to the esoteric private stories behind the celebrity peeps. It's so witty that I couldn't wait to pick up from where I started from after taking a break. It's a lot better than "People Magazine" and doesn't mimic "The Inquirer" but more of an intellectual entertainment learning experience without pictures. It's certainly a generational book about people my children, who are in their forties, most probably never heard of or understood. I would give it a "Five" based on content and originality!

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  • Kathleen McKinney
  • 31/07/2012

Fascinating...

I used to watch Dick's talk show & liked it since he didn't just stick to film stars, but brilliant people like Bill Buckley. This is a real find-the fact that Cavett narrates the book & very well too, enhances the experience. As other reviewers have said, it is like he is in the room with you. I was enthralled through all of it. I would almost bet a fiver that you will not be bored. Bravo!

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  • Laura
  • 05/03/2012

A delightful time spent!

What made the experience of listening to Talk Show the most enjoyable?

By far the best part of this adventure was hearing it told in Mr. Cavett's own voice, infused with his characteristic wit and intelligence. This reminded me of both how much of an influence he was on my life over the years, and how much I miss that now.
The book is a treasure-trove of backstage glimpses, wry observations on life, political commentary, and some very memorable jokes.
And, thank you Dick Cavett, for coming to the rescue of the English language!!

Any additional comments?

As soon as the audiotape ended, I raced over to my computer to see if his autobiography had been recorded by him here. Disappointed to not find it! What do you say, Audible?

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  • C.S.Kelly
  • 01/10/2011

Exceptional.

This book was exceptionally well written and performed-Mr. Cavette has had a fascinating career and shared so much of it in this book. I always thought he was intelligent but I have learned he is brilliant with a wonderful and wry sense of humor. I felt he gave me a gift with this book.

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