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Review: Priceless Memories

July 10, 2009

Priceless Memories

I listened to the audio version of Priceless Memories by Bob Barker.  It’s billed as a memoir, but it was really just a bunch of rambling memories.  Bob Barker does the narrating and, at first, this worked well on the audio because it was like listening to an old relative reminisce, but I’m not sure it would fare so well in the print version.  He tells of his childhood, his time in the Navy, his marriage to Dorothy Jo and of his experiences on both Truth or Consequences and The Price is Right.  He doesn’t have an unkind word for anyone and his love for his mother and his late wife are very apparent.  There really isn’t any new information in this book and Bob Barker clearly avoids touching upon any scandalous topics.

I enjoyed the beginning of this audio book, but by the end of it, I felt like I was being preached to.  I would estimate that 20 percent of the book covers Barker’s stand on animal rights – his reasons for them and his activism in animal rights organizations.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for animal rights, I just don’t think it’s necessary to know about every parade he’s  marched in and what organizations he chooses to donate money to.  I’ve always liked Bob Barker, but I’ve never been what you would call a fan – I think his fans would enjoy this one more than I did.

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

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26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2009 7:32 am

    I’m not a huge fan of Bob Barker, but I loved the Price Is Right when he was the host. My husband and I are listening to this right now and enjoying it so far. We’re at the part where he’s just starting to talk about all the animals he and his wife took in, so I haven’t heard any preachy parts yet.

    –Anna

  2. July 10, 2009 7:34 am

    Too bad he blew a good start to this book. You’d think an editor somewhere would have been forceful enough to tone down the preaching. I’m not a fan of the man either and will probably pass on this one.

  3. July 10, 2009 7:35 am

    Diary….I was just going to say the same thing.
    I am not a HUGE fan of BB. I really find him bombastic and egotistical. I don’t discount his great work on behalf of animals, but I also think he objectifies women. Oh…did I say all that.

  4. July 10, 2009 8:54 am

    Thanks for the great review! I’ll probably pass, I’m just not that interested in the guy!

  5. July 10, 2009 8:57 am

    Thanks for the review. When I was much younger (like 7 or 8) my mom use to watch this show all the time and I remember how many times I use to hear him talk about his wife – and then she died. For some reason that always marked me up to this day.

  6. July 10, 2009 9:06 am

    I think I would be bored by too much preaching. Blah. Love the animals, but not my thing either!

  7. July 10, 2009 9:42 am

    It’s really too bad. I think if Bob Barker would have focused the book on interesting tidbits about The Price is Right, it would have attracted more readers.

  8. July 10, 2009 10:22 am

    Too bad it didn’t work out. It could have had potential!

  9. July 10, 2009 10:55 am

    It doesn’t really sound like my kind of book!

  10. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 10, 2009 12:17 pm

    Loved The Price id Right growing up, but probably wouldn’t need to read this. Especially after reading your review!

  11. July 10, 2009 1:19 pm

    Hmmm …. interesting. I’ve been wondering about this book because he’s always tried to come across as the ultimate good guy. In fact, he’s never had much to say about the scandals that hit his behind the scenes reputation. Makes you wonder what the real truth is.

  12. July 10, 2009 1:24 pm

    Hmm… I think I’ll pass on this one!

  13. July 10, 2009 2:47 pm

    Ok, I know it’s terrible of me, but I was really hoping there’d be some scandal. 🙂

  14. July 10, 2009 3:22 pm

    Kathy its too bad you didn’t like the book (audio). I probably won’t put it on my wish list. I wonder if the book is like the audio which I am sure it is and if thats the case I don’t want to hear all that, I want to hear about his life and scandals. LOL

  15. July 10, 2009 4:13 pm

    I’m still laughing at Alyce’s comment 😀
    I don’t appreciate preachiness either. Hopefully, proceeds go to the Humane Society or another animal related agency.

  16. July 10, 2009 5:18 pm

    I’m not the biggest Barker fan so I’ll probably not be reading this one, but thanks for the honest review of it.

  17. July 10, 2009 8:31 pm

    I agree – I wanted more stories of the game shows. I too thought the animal rights stuff, although a huge part of his life, took on a lecturing tone.

  18. melsbookshelf permalink
    July 10, 2009 10:48 pm

    I, too, was disappointed that such a large chunk of the book was devoted to animals rights. Like you, I support that, but I would have liked to have heard more stories about the game shows or even other parts of his life. It was just a little to preachy, as you said.

    And I definitely think this benefited from being an audio book, and that’s probably why it’s being pushed so heavily in that format. I don’t know that I could have finished it had I been reading the print version.

    Great review!!

  19. July 11, 2009 8:49 am

    Probably not one that I’ll be picking up. My grandparents were always big fans of the show so they might enjoy it.

  20. July 11, 2009 2:22 pm

    My grandparents are fans of Bob, they always loved Price Is Right and even met him once in Las Vegas. I’ve been thinking this would be something they may enjoy listening to. They miss the old guy, and now when they watch Price Is Right all they do is heckle Drew Carey – after every show my grampa says “Well he’s sure no Barker!”

  21. July 11, 2009 2:59 pm

    LOVED The Price is Right.. but never have had much interest in Bob Barker. I think the audio would world for me better than the book… that is if I could muster up the desire to put it ahead of some of the other things on my list. You review was very helpful.

  22. July 11, 2009 9:17 pm

    I grew up watching the Price is Right with my Dad and totally loved the show. But I don’t think I want to read Bob’s memoir, especially if he goes on and on about his stance on animals. We already know about that…we want to hear about him!! Thanks for the great review Kathy!!

  23. July 12, 2009 2:46 pm

    ohhh! i used to watch the price is right on the rare days i stayed home sick from school–11am, channel 2! i loved the gameshow and bob with his little lollypop microphone.

    i was slated to review this audio book as well, but my copy never arrived! maybe it made it’s way into my mailbox while i was on my vacation. here’s to hoping!

  24. July 12, 2009 8:04 pm

    I didn’t like this one too much. I thought the book was really repetitive.

  25. July 13, 2009 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the honest review. I wasn’t much interested in this one to begin with; now I think I’ll skip it completely. I appreciate it!

  26. July 14, 2009 11:46 am

    I brought this one home from the library but returned it when it seemed I wouldn’t be getting around to it any time soon. I had read a review that said he didn’t discuss any of his past bad behavior but your review is the first that let me know he came off preachy. I love his animal rights cause but I don’t care for anyone but a minister to preach to me.

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