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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 loyal readers 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, Dr. Annie Reiner psychoanalyst & 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.


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May 31, 2013

A *3.5* this book contains "snippets" of Carl Reiner's life. each chapter are recollections of his life and people from his life. from relatives, to friends and celebrities{some also friends} I found this book to be hit and miss. some of the chapters are very good. recalling funny moments with fellow celebrties, to fond memories of his children and wife. a pretty fun read. I liked some chapters better than others.
4

Feb 10, 2013

This is my first ever audio book, and I owe it all to Marc Maron. Mr. Maron puts out a podcast, WTF With Marc Maron, in which he interviews comics of all generations, with a smattering of musicians thrown in. I am an avid listener and recently enjoyed an interview with Mel Brooks followed up by an interview with Carl Reiner. I was delighted with both and as a result decided to read Mr. Reiner's recently published memoir. I took advantage of the free download from Mr. Maron’s sponsor, This is my first ever audio book, and I owe it all to Marc Maron. Mr. Maron puts out a podcast, WTF With Marc Maron, in which he interviews comics of all generations, with a smattering of musicians thrown in. I am an avid listener and recently enjoyed an interview with Mel Brooks followed up by an interview with Carl Reiner. I was delighted with both and as a result decided to read Mr. Reiner's recently published memoir. I took advantage of the free download from Mr. Maron’s sponsor, audible.com, and am now enjoying the result. More later...

I've finished what turned out to be a fun listen. In 55 chapters, Mr. Reiner chronicles his first encounter with Mel Brooks and many other entertainers, the first summer he met his wife Estelle, his time spent at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, while in the army during WWII, and the death of his wife. (Mr. Reiner was 90 when he wrote the book, and his wife--8 years his senior--died at the age of 94.) I confess I had expected the book to be funnier, maybe a little flip and irreverent, but it was more a revelry, as I guess memoirs might be expected to be. It was a bit repetitive, with the same stories showing up two, three and even four times in different chapters though in different contexts, but I guess Mr. Reiner can be forgiven. 90 years is a lot of remembering, and the good stories are worth referencing more than once.

I think what I took away from this is that Carl Reiner is a sweet, family-loving man, happy with the life he's lived thus far and happy with the life he leads now. He adores his children and grandchildren and is bursting with pride for them. He cherishes his friends and spins a good yarn over games of charades played with Mel Brooks and Ann Bancroft, Norman Lear and his wife, and Larry Gelbart and his wife. He and Mel, who is a spring chicken at 86, get together every evening for several hours, just to "hang out," and sometimes they visit their ailing friend and former boss, 91-year-old Sid Caesar.

I found myself wishing he were MY grandfather! ...more
4

Feb 06, 2014

I have a love of a lot of things that Carl Reiner did (the movies he directed the classic show he helped create/write and guest star in) and so I thought I would check out this autobiography. Now, there are some perfect “autobiographies” that make you laugh and still inform you about someone’s life, there are some fun ones that are just there to make you laugh and then there are some that are a chore to read because they take you through the entire life of the person – even the boring stuff. I I have a love of a lot of things that Carl Reiner did (the movies he directed the classic show he helped create/write and guest star in) and so I thought I would check out this autobiography. Now, there are some perfect “autobiographies” that make you laugh and still inform you about someone’s life, there are some fun ones that are just there to make you laugh and then there are some that are a chore to read because they take you through the entire life of the person – even the boring stuff. I truly enjoyed this one because Carl (wisely, I think) was more interested in telling a good story than leading us step by step through his life. So what you get are 54 little short stories that manage to entertain while still giving you an idea who this man was. A very quick and enjoyable read. After reading it I love this man even more. He seems like a genuinely wonderful person. Creative, a supportive friend/husband/father, and I applaud his political views (his story about Ronald Reagan was spot on). The biggest down side is he barely even mentions the creative efforts he is known for. We don’t find out about his directing, his writing, and barely anything about the writing on the Sid Ceasar show. In the end, that wasn’t the point of the book BUT I wish he had thrown in a few more stories about that. But the ones we did get were highly entertaining.
Like Albert Brooks, my favourite chapter was Chapter 29.
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3

Nov 16, 2014

you know, no matter how interesting a life a person has led and no matter how many anecdotes they may tell, at some point after several hours or several hundred pages, it all seems boring and self-indulgent. now, i love carl reiner and have been a fan of his since his days with the dick van dyke show, but this was just a little too much carl reiner. the book is touching in its telling of his lifelong love for his wife, and interesting in the stories he tells of everyone from hedy lamarr to you know, no matter how interesting a life a person has led and no matter how many anecdotes they may tell, at some point after several hours or several hundred pages, it all seems boring and self-indulgent. now, i love carl reiner and have been a fan of his since his days with the dick van dyke show, but this was just a little too much carl reiner. the book is touching in its telling of his lifelong love for his wife, and interesting in the stories he tells of everyone from hedy lamarr to george burns. in smaller doses i probably would have loved this book. next time i read an auto-biography, i think i'll do it over a considerably longer time period. ...more
5

Apr 09, 2014

Carl Reiner, while still in the public eye on shows like Hot in Cleveland and Two and a Half Men, but his career in show business started before I can remember, even in re-runs. Carl is funny in a not very sensational way. A lot of the things he described as being funny episodes in his real life end up being stories that end with the thought, "Well, I guess you had to be there." He is ninety years old as he's writing this autobiography. He reads it on the audio version as well. I enjoyed his Carl Reiner, while still in the public eye on shows like Hot in Cleveland and Two and a Half Men, but his career in show business started before I can remember, even in re-runs. Carl is funny in a not very sensational way. A lot of the things he described as being funny episodes in his real life end up being stories that end with the thought, "Well, I guess you had to be there." He is ninety years old as he's writing this autobiography. He reads it on the audio version as well. I enjoyed his performance, reading the book.
The format reminded me a lot of the Mark Twain autobiography. Mark Twain dictated his autobio and was a collection of scattered thoughts from day to day, chapter to chapter. Carl Reiner's is the same. In this book, we learn about his wife, his children, his dogs and his service in the military -- which was in the entertainment branch, interestingly.
What I like about these kinds of autobiographies is finding out behind the scenes information on songs, movies and television shows. There was some of that stuff in this book, but not as much as I'd like. I've listened to Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall's books and I like them a lot, as well. ...more
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May 16, 2015

What can I say, he sounds like a truly nice guy. Anybody who can leave you with the invitation to make a list entitled "There's no end for the living if you can..." can't be that bad. Thanks Mr Reiner. I'm glad you remembered so much.
5

Oct 04, 2016

I go back to this book often. I love this man and the fun he created in our lives. His stories are sweet and wonderful. He belongs to all of us but more importantly his family is his ballast and he shares the golden riches of his family life with us. Love him!
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Apr 18, 2016

This is an engaging and entertaining collection of almost literally random memories from this man's long and full life. Eschewing the structure of a more typical 'autobiography,' being as he had already written a couple of standard accounts of his life, this is literally just a set of whatever interesting thing he could remember and felt like writing about as he worked on the book. That structure gives it an extra dose of charm. This is a funny and smart guy, and his recollections cover a gamut This is an engaging and entertaining collection of almost literally random memories from this man's long and full life. Eschewing the structure of a more typical 'autobiography,' being as he had already written a couple of standard accounts of his life, this is literally just a set of whatever interesting thing he could remember and felt like writing about as he worked on the book. That structure gives it an extra dose of charm. This is a funny and smart guy, and his recollections cover a gamut of issues and situations. Fairly entertaining, especially if you're familiar with any of his work. ...more
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May 01, 2013

Often when I read a biography, I come away with new appreciation and respect for the subject. Every once in awhile, after I read a biography, I come away sppreciating and respecting the subject a little less. That was the case with this one.

Carl Reiner is extremely liberal, and he describes himself as "a Jewish atheist." I don't care what his views are, but I don't feel that this was the forum for him to push his liberal agenda. I wanted to learn about his life in show business, which I did. I Often when I read a biography, I come away with new appreciation and respect for the subject. Every once in awhile, after I read a biography, I come away sppreciating and respecting the subject a little less. That was the case with this one.

Carl Reiner is extremely liberal, and he describes himself as "a Jewish atheist." I don't care what his views are, but I don't feel that this was the forum for him to push his liberal agenda. I wanted to learn about his life in show business, which I did. I didn't want to be demeaned because my political and religious views were different than his. ...more
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Feb 04, 2015

I listened to this on a car trip. The book is read by the author, Carl Reiner. Mr. Reiner is a charming story teller full of interesting anecdotes about his family and his friendships with other famous entertainers. I do not think readers under 30 would enjoy it as much as my husband and I did since we are old enough to remember many of the famous people Mr. Reiner talks about. However, Mr. Reiner's stories of dedication to his wife, Estelle, and his kids and grandkids are timeless. I recommend I listened to this on a car trip. The book is read by the author, Carl Reiner. Mr. Reiner is a charming story teller full of interesting anecdotes about his family and his friendships with other famous entertainers. I do not think readers under 30 would enjoy it as much as my husband and I did since we are old enough to remember many of the famous people Mr. Reiner talks about. However, Mr. Reiner's stories of dedication to his wife, Estelle, and his kids and grandkids are timeless. I recommend the audio book to hear the inflection of his voice and his imitations of others. ...more
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Sep 07, 2014

A fun series of cheerful, sometimes nostalgic, vignettes from Reiner's life and career, I enjoyed it both as an ebook and as an audio book. (It makes for great listening in the car or at the gym, since the short chapters are natural breakpoints.)

A few stars off for terrible editing. For example, Reiner describes campaigning for Johnson and Humphrey in 1964 to defeat "Richard Nixon and William E. Miller." Unfortunately, Nixon didn't run that year, and Goldwater was Miller's running mate. Several A fun series of cheerful, sometimes nostalgic, vignettes from Reiner's life and career, I enjoyed it both as an ebook and as an audio book. (It makes for great listening in the car or at the gym, since the short chapters are natural breakpoints.)

A few stars off for terrible editing. For example, Reiner describes campaigning for Johnson and Humphrey in 1964 to defeat "Richard Nixon and William E. Miller." Unfortunately, Nixon didn't run that year, and Goldwater was Miller's running mate. Several similar errors crop up throughout the book.

Otherwise, a very enjoyable read. ...more
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Jan 27, 2015

I actually listened to it, rather than read it and that added to it. Here's a bright and engaged 90 something talented man, reading his own story. It's a gentle memoir ... meaning ... beyond a stinging criticism of those who bought into McCarthyism and other far right credo, there are no salacious reveals. It's simply a mellow (but sharp) memories from a talented man who lived an incredible life. If you are interested in the history of mid-20th century comedy and comedy writers, you will love I actually listened to it, rather than read it and that added to it. Here's a bright and engaged 90 something talented man, reading his own story. It's a gentle memoir ... meaning ... beyond a stinging criticism of those who bought into McCarthyism and other far right credo, there are no salacious reveals. It's simply a mellow (but sharp) memories from a talented man who lived an incredible life. If you are interested in the history of mid-20th century comedy and comedy writers, you will love it. ...more
3

Sep 18, 2014

This book is a good one for people that know they cannot sit and read for a long period of time. Carl Reiner has collected a lot of great stories about his life and put them down in fifty-five easy to read chapters. Each chapter is short and focused on one story. Reiner covers everything from his childhood, family, friends, other celebrities politics and religion. He does it all with humor. I could see this book being a turn off for anyone that has different political beliefs than Reiner because This book is a good one for people that know they cannot sit and read for a long period of time. Carl Reiner has collected a lot of great stories about his life and put them down in fifty-five easy to read chapters. Each chapter is short and focused on one story. Reiner covers everything from his childhood, family, friends, other celebrities politics and religion. He does it all with humor. I could see this book being a turn off for anyone that has different political beliefs than Reiner because he does slip in comments periodically during different stories.
I think that this would be a good book for anyone that enjoys the work of Reiner, likes old Hollywood or just enjoys reading humorous writing. ...more
3

Aug 29, 2014

Enjoyable vignettes about a very nice guy, Carl Reiner, who created the Dick Van Dyck Show. The show was actually bases on his life in New Rochelle, as a sir urban family man who just happened to be a comedy writer who worked in the city. Remember how Rob was always going to the train station. Ironically, Reiner had to relocate himself and his family to Los Angeles to produce and act in the show set in New Rochelle. It seems his life was as merry as Rob's (his son in real life is named Rob too), Enjoyable vignettes about a very nice guy, Carl Reiner, who created the Dick Van Dyck Show. The show was actually bases on his life in New Rochelle, as a sir urban family man who just happened to be a comedy writer who worked in the city. Remember how Rob was always going to the train station. Ironically, Reiner had to relocate himself and his family to Los Angeles to produce and act in the show set in New Rochelle. It seems his life was as merry as Rob's (his son in real life is named Rob too), a fact he conveys in his latest memoir. Except perhaps Shelly winters who delayed his filming of Enter Laughing with Er eccentric acting habits. All I all he's had a wonderful life and seems to. Be a real Bronx success story. Some nice stories.
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5

Apr 25, 2016

A charming collection of stories pulled from the vault of Carl Reiner's memory. I listened to this book on audio which made it especially enjoyable. You can even hear Reiner flipping pages as he reads you his stories. This memoir is filled with tales of his personal life and his career. We hear a lot about his three kids Rob, Annie and Lucas and his wife Estelle and about friends like Mel Brooks. Some stories were touching, others heart breaking but most are just hilarious. Reiner is an A charming collection of stories pulled from the vault of Carl Reiner's memory. I listened to this book on audio which made it especially enjoyable. You can even hear Reiner flipping pages as he reads you his stories. This memoir is filled with tales of his personal life and his career. We hear a lot about his three kids Rob, Annie and Lucas and his wife Estelle and about friends like Mel Brooks. Some stories were touching, others heart breaking but most are just hilarious. Reiner is an excellent story teller. My favorite stories were about Reiner's dad, his wife Estelle and his kids but my number one pick from the whole collection is the roll-on-the-floor-laughing story about Reiner working with actress Shelley Winters. It's worth the price of admission alone. ...more
3

Jul 12, 2016

This showbiz biography is initially quite interesting, while Reiner describes his career. The book bogs down in the retelling, sometimes word for word, of stories and events that the author found very funny, but to which my response was, "I guess you had to be there." There is a little redundancy from time to time. The book's editor was probably reluctant to try to convince Reiner to tighten things up, and so he rambles on a bit toward the end with stories of his later life. (He was 90 at the This showbiz biography is initially quite interesting, while Reiner describes his career. The book bogs down in the retelling, sometimes word for word, of stories and events that the author found very funny, but to which my response was, "I guess you had to be there." There is a little redundancy from time to time. The book's editor was probably reluctant to try to convince Reiner to tighten things up, and so he rambles on a bit toward the end with stories of his later life. (He was 90 at the time he wrote the book.) And there's some unfortunate language. Still, Reiner accomplished a lot in life and his career, and I enjoyed learning about both, although some of the longer tales would be more suited to a personal history for family consumption than to a commercial biography. ...more
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Dec 21, 2016

I think Carl Reiner is one of the funniest guys alive. He has lived an incredible life. He has so many fantastic, wonderful, hilarious stories. Having said all that, I was greatly underwhelmed by this book.

Each chapter appears like it will be an amusing tale, but each story has another story wedge in it and he keeps referencing other items. Each chapter jumps around to a different topic, theme or period of time. There is not continuity or rhythm to the book. I felt lost half way through some I think Carl Reiner is one of the funniest guys alive. He has lived an incredible life. He has so many fantastic, wonderful, hilarious stories. Having said all that, I was greatly underwhelmed by this book.

Each chapter appears like it will be an amusing tale, but each story has another story wedge in it and he keeps referencing other items. Each chapter jumps around to a different topic, theme or period of time. There is not continuity or rhythm to the book. I felt lost half way through some paragraphs. There were even a couple of moments where a paragraph ends midsentence and never to be found.
The book needed an editor or at least a better one.

There are some gold nuggets in the book, but they are hard to find.
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5

Mar 23, 2016

Carl Reiner is definitely one of the good guys. From the days of class. I saw him many times on the Dick Van Dyke Show, so I was very interested in this book. While working as a Deputy Sheriff at the Universal City Walk, I met Car Reiner circa 1998. Chris Rock was doing a concert at the Universal Amphitheatre and I was working overtime at the venue, in uniform. After the show I went to the back stage area, and found Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Carl Reiner in a private bar area having a Carl Reiner is definitely one of the good guys. From the days of class. I saw him many times on the Dick Van Dyke Show, so I was very interested in this book. While working as a Deputy Sheriff at the Universal City Walk, I met Car Reiner circa 1998. Chris Rock was doing a concert at the Universal Amphitheatre and I was working overtime at the venue, in uniform. After the show I went to the back stage area, and found Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Carl Reiner in a private bar area having a cocktail. I quickly introduced myself, and quickly left. But all were gracious. Having been a cop by day and a stand up comedian by night for over 20 years at the time, meeting all these legends was amazing. I read this book many years after this encounter, so my high opinion could be skewed by my personal interaction with him, but I don't think so. It's a great, easy and quick read. It's a great insight into one of our comedy legends. ...more
5

Jul 26, 2017

This is an excellent book from one of the greatest comedic writer and actor there has ever been! Quick, fun read!
5

May 22, 2018

This is filled with stories from Reiner's over 90 years on this earth told with all the humor one would expect from this talented comedian. Very enjoyable & varied.
3

Jun 30, 2019

Decent book telling about Carl's life through events he remembers.
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Jul 12, 2018

I love Carl Reiner. This woukd have potentially benefited from an editor, it was just a but unfocused in content.
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Feb 13, 2019

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What a life. And 32 is the funniest number.
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Feb 13, 2019

I listened to this on audio and it was read by Carl Reiner. He's led a most interesting life and it was fun to hear him tell the stories.
5

Dec 13, 2017

Carl has known and worked with the brightest and best in the comedy world.on television and film, and he is a forerunner in the development of many fantastic shows and bits. His long life and memories kept me in stiches.

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