Even This I Get to Experience

Written by:
Norman Lear
Narrated by:
Norman Lear

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2014
18 hours 59 minutes
The New York Times bestselling memoir from the creator of some of the most iconic television programs ever, including All in the Family, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

“Charming, candid, and copious . . . There is still a lot of zest, passion, and whimsy in the man who taught Americans to laugh at their failings.” —The New York Times

Norman Lear’s iconic television programs—most memorably All in the Family—drew in as many as 120 million viewers each week. These shows dealt with the most serious issues of the day—racism, poverty, abortion—yet still left audiences howling with laughter. But TV is only a fraction of Lear’s tale. The renowned producer came of age during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, staging variety shows for his fellow airmen in addition to flying fifty-two bombing missions. After the war he caught his break as a comedy writer in Hollywood, soon working with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Movies with Frank Sinatra, Dick Van Dyke, and Jason Robards followed. Then came the ’70s and Lear’s legendary string of TV hits. Filled with moving insights and behind-the-scenes stories from the shows that redefined the medium, Even This I Get to Experience is a memoir as touching, funny, and remarkable as any of Lear’s unforgettable creations.

'Lear is one of the great storytellers of our time...This book should be required reading for everyone working in Hollywood.' —James Patterson

“One of the best Hollywood memoirs ever written . . . an absolute treasure.” —Booklist, starred review
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A long book, but unfortunately, Lear spends little time focusing on the sitcoms that made him famous, which was the main reason I wanted to listen to this audio book. I was really hoping for the backstage banter on the development of hit shows such as The Jeffersons, Good Times, and especially Sanford and Son, but was left disappointed, and decided not to finish the book after Lear moved on from the sitcoms altogether. I also think he devoted too much effort in gloating over his political activism as well in this work.

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