Here We Go Again: My Life In Television

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Betty White

Narrated By: Betty White

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2010

Duration: 2 hours 58 minutes

Summary:

A MEMOIR OF BETTY WHITE'S FIRST FIVE DECADES ON TELEVISION'AS IRREVERENT AND IRRESISTIBLE AS THE BELOVED ACTRESS HERSELF

BETTY WHITE first appeared on television in 1949 and has gone on to have one of the most amazing careers in TV history, starring in shows such as Life with Elizabeth, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Golden Girls, among many others. She is one of the hardest-working actresses of any era, and her sense of humor and perennial optimism have seen her through half a century of industry changes and delighted millions of fans.

Now, during Betty's sixty-first year on screen, a year in which she has enjoyed a huge resurgence of popularity, her 1995 memoir makes a comeback too. Here We Go Again is a behind-the-scenes look at Betty's career from her start on radio to her first show, Hollywood on Television, to several iterations of The Betty White Show and much, much more. Packed with wonderful anecdotes about famous personalities and friendships, stories of Betty's off-screen life, and the comedienne's trademark humor, this deliciously entertaining book will give readers an entr'e into Betty's fascinating life, confirming yet again why we can't get enough of this funny lady.

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  • Jessica Herring

    4.25? Audiobook? This was my first nonfiction audiobook (ever!) and as such, I’m not quite sure how to rate it. I’ve always thought of myself as a huge fan of Betty White, but listening to this memoir has made me realize that I’ve really only ever been a fan of her work as Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls, rather than Betty herself. Listening to this audiobook has changed that forever. Here We Go Again: My Life In Television chronicles all of Betty’s work in television, up to 1995, when this memoir was originally published. I have to admit to being somewhat disappointed that only 30 minutes of the three-hour audiobook were devoted to Betty’s time on The Golden Girls and not much new information about it was revealed. It wasn’t exactly what I was originally looking for, but I did come away with a plethora of new information about Betty’s life and other work. In particular, I was delighted to discover her great love of animals. As an animal lover myself, I appreciated that much of this memoir focused on the animals in Betty’s life and how they impacted her career. Others have expressed disappointment in the fact that Betty seems to keep many personal details of her life out of this memoir, as she has a right to do, in my opinion. But discussing her deep affection for all things furry is one area she did not hold back on and her love for animals was definitely made apparent by the numerous anecdotes she shared. This was a fast listen that could easily be heard in one sitting. It has broadened my understanding and admiration of Betty White tenfold. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning more about the span of her career. Devoted fans may be disappointed by the fact that this memoir only seems to skim the surface of Betty’s career (chronicling 46 years in under three hours), but for someone who is just beginning to take interest in Betty outside of one area (i.e. The Golden Girls), it provides an interesting and effective survey of all that she has accomplished. I intend on continuing my “Betty White 101” lessons by listening to If You Ask Me, a more general account Betty’s many philosophies. Narration review: Who better to narrate this memoir than Betty White herself? She comes across as laughable and lovable, just as she does on television. I believe her narration of this audiobook bore significant weight on my enjoyment of it. It enabled me to close my eyes and picture her sitting across from me, recounting stories from her life in television. Her narration was so humorous and expressive, and not at all monotone or robotic. I frequently wondered if she was going “off-script”, because it didn’t sound like she was reading at all, just gabbing with a friend. When beginning this audiobook, I was concerned that a nonfiction title would not be able to hold my attention. The problem ended up being that Betty wouldn’t let my attention go! I started this at 11:30pm, intending to only listen for about 30 minutes before bed, and wound up having to force myself to stop listening around 2am. Even though the print version of this book comes with color photos (of which I am jealous), I’d still recommend the audiobook over it. Betty’s narration adds so much to the experience and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to miss out on it! ??