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Brief Encounters Audiobook

Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks

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Publisher's Summary

A 2016 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album

Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life.

In Brief Encounters, the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett introduces us to the fascinating characters who have crossed his path, from James Gandolfini and John Lennon to Mel Brooks and Nora Ephron, enhancing our appreciation of their talent, their personalities, and their places in the pantheon. We tag along as Cavett spends an afternoon with Stan Laurel at his modest apartment in Los Angeles, spars with Muhammad Ali at his training camp, and comes to know a young Steve Jobs - who woos him to be Apple's first celebrity pitchman. He also offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing, and the utter improbability of being alive at all.

On his talk show, Cavett welcomed the leading figures from film, music, theater, literature, comedy, sports, and politics and engaged them in conversation that made viewers feel that the discussion was taking place in their own living rooms. Jimmy Fallon, the new host of The Tonight Show, has called him "a legend and an inspiration" and has written a foreword that makes clear the debt that today's talk show hosts owe to Dick Cavett. Brief Encounters opens the door on how Cavett's mind works and what it is like to live in his world.

To spend a few minutes or an hour or even a whole evening with Dick Cavett is an experience not to be missed, and now there's no reason to deny yourself. Settle in, and enjoy the conversation!

©2014 Richard A. Cavett (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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  • Harold
    10/12/14
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    "Cavett at his best"
    What did you love best about Brief Encounters?

    Cavett's style. He obviously enjoys being the smartest guy in the room. He has had a fascinating life and he shares it in perfectly sized doses.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cavett is Cavett.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Cavett – was your favorite?

    He did them all very well.


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

    No- you don't want to use it up too quickly.


    Any additional comments?

    His sniping at conservatives- Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh- comes off as petty and dated.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Derwent
    Dallas, TX
    11/12/16
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    "Very Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Brief Encounters?

    His articulate and nuanced perspectives on show business and the lives of those he met while in it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brief Encounters?

    His memories of Richard Burton.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Cavett?

    Though his voice tends towards the monotone he emphasizes his own attitudes more clearly than I think others would have.


    Any additional comments?

    While I'm a conservative and he's clearly a far left liberal with a touch of NYC's Upper East side snobbery I found the audio (mostly) delightful. Maybe it's because I lived on NYC's Upper East side for a number of years or, more likely, he's a clever fellow whose had the great fortune of meeting many Hollywood greats and has a unique and often unexpected perspective on life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    24/07/16
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    "Get Talk Show Instead"

    I struggled to finish this one. It seemed unnecessary. I could have given Talk Show another listen and been happier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beth Knight
    Upstate NY
    02/06/16
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    "What a treat"

    Brings back when my mom and I sat in the kitchen and watched his show each night on our 13 in B&W tv on top of the refrigerator while my father sat by himself in the family room watching God knows what on the giant color tv.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mitchell Goldstein
    23/03/16
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    "So many people so many great stories!"

    It will keep you very entertained the whole time you are listening to Dick Cavett!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yvon Malenfant
    14/11/15
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    "An Excellent Read!"

    I really lovced this memoire. So witty! I need to listen to more of Dick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Segal
    Ithaca
    22/11/14
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    "Profound, Engaging, and Relentlessly Charming"
    Where does Brief Encounters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dick Cavett reads this collection of his NYT columns with such perfect delivery that you almost forget that he is a master of the spoken word. Every chapter is engaging, and Cavett manages to teach you about some much without even seeming to. A must listen!


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • carol White
    22/03/15
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    "A great book to listen to while you walk or drive"

    While I enjoyed the entire book, I thought that the essays and biographical elements of the first half were slightly superior to the stories which Cavett relates in the second half of the book.
    But I would counsel anyone who has an interest in the era of television which Dick Cavett speaks about, to read this book. Or to listen to it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jimmy Rosen
    Oradell, NJ United States
    11/12/15
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    "Hard to follow"

    Pass on this one. Much too drawn out and bland. No spice or belly laughs.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RaineDay
    01/07/15
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    "no intro by Jimmy Fallon, Cavett has lost his edge"

    First off, this audiobook claims to have an introduction by Jimmy Fallon but it doesn't.

    Secondly, his musings are dated, out of touch and barely interesting.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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