Thursday, June 20, 2013

Audio Book Review of Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story by Carol Burnett Narrated by Carol Burnett

Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story
Carrie and Me: A Mother Daughter Love Story by Carol Burnet
Narrated by Carol Burnett

From Good Reads:
 “More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles: the ones we share with our closest and dearest, and the one we bestow on a total stranger who needs it right then, and God has put us there to deliver.” — Carrie Hamilton

You are about to meet an extraordinary young woman, Carrie Hamilton. The daughter of one of television’s most recognizable and beloved stars, Carol Burnett, Carrie won the hearts of everyone she met with her kindness, quirky sense of humor, and wonderfully unconventional approach to life. Living in the spotlight of celebrity, but in an era when personal troubles were kept private, Carrie and Carol made a brave display of honesty and love by going public with teenager Carrie’s drug addiction and recovery. Carrie lived her adult life of sobriety to the fullest, enjoying happy and determined independence and achieving a successful artistic career as an actress, writer, musician, and director. Carrie’s passion for life and her humorist’s view of the world never wavered as she aggressively battled cancer. Carrie died at the age of 38.

Carrie and Me is Carol Burnett’s poignant tribute to her late daughter and a funny and moving memoir about mothering an extraordinary young woman through the struggles and triumphs of her life. Sharing her personal diary entries, photographs, and correspondence, Carol traces the journey she and Carrie took through some of life’s toughest challenges and sweetest miracles. Authentic, intimate, and full of love, Carrie and Me is a story of hope and joy that only a mother could write.

My Take:  I grew up watching Carol Burnett and her wonderful show.  I have always loved her in various things that she has been in especially the movie Four Seasons.  I knew that one of her children had a drug problem and I remember seeing her on her tv show Fame.  This is a story taken straight from Carol's correspondence with her daughter.  The last part of the book is the unpublished play that Carrie was working on right before she died.  I liked the spunk behind the girl and truly admired her attitude that she had about her cancer and how she was going to fight it.  It was interesting hear the various exchanges between Carol and Carrie especially after her struggle with drugs.  Carol didn't give up on her daughter and was there for her every step of the way.  

Now onto the play.  I didn't like it.  There was alot of language and it just felt wrong coming out of Carol Burnett's mouth.  I thought that much of the play was predictable and I had the surprise twist figured out long before the end.  

Carol Burnett did a great job of narrating the book.  She knew when to put in the right expressions and pauses.  

If you like memoirs or just grew up with Carol You would probably like this book.

I received a review copy of this book from Simon and Schuster in exchange for my honest opinion. 


  1. The first part sounds great! I grew up watching Carol Burnett too. I don't think I would have liked the play part either.


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