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Review: Truth Be Told

August 5, 2012

Larry King started in radio in Miami, Florida and, after he became well known there,  moved on to the national radio market, eventually landing a television gig on CNN where he hosted an hour long talk show for 25 years.  The show was well known and King claims “the backdrop to my show is one of the most recognizable images in the world.”  During his tenure on CNN, King interviewed every newsworthy person imaginable.

I thought Truth Be Told, by Larry King, would be a fun book to read since it’s subtitled Off the Record about Favorite Guests, Memorable Moments, Funniest Jokes, and a Half Century of Asking Questions, and it was when it stayed on those topics.  When he strayed into his personal life and politics, my interest waned.  The book is written in a conversational manner, so it’s an easy read, but it was just okay for me.

I really enjoyed the anecdotes and personal stories about many of King’s guest but didn’t particularly enjoy reading his political views – not only do they date the book, but they were disrespectful of those who disagree with him.  I was also surprised to read that King hopes to become a stand-up comic.  I don’t find him to be particularly funny, but he thinks he is.  The bits about his guests were the best parts of the book – unfortunately there weren’t enough of them for me.

Even though it’s a quick read, I would only recommend Truth Be Told to die hard Larry King fans.

Review copy provided by FSB Associates.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2012 4:24 am

    No, I can’t see him as a stand up comic either.

  2. August 5, 2012 7:03 am

    Larry King and stand-up comic don’t mesh in my mind. Sorry that this this one was a bit of a fail for you.

  3. August 5, 2012 8:08 am

    Sounds like this one was a bit disappointing. The subtitle does seem a bit misleading, he should have stuck to writing about what he is famous for.

  4. August 5, 2012 9:10 am

    I like to read the occasional celebrity memoir but I think I’ll skip this for the reasons you mentioned.

  5. August 5, 2012 10:50 am

    Larry King has always struck me as arrogant. He seems to think his show was more important than it was and, yes, he thinks he’s funny but not many other people do. Well, I’m glad he entertains himself but I’m just not interested in reading his book.

  6. August 5, 2012 10:51 am

    There’s nothing worse than a not funny person who thinks he or she is funny! I think I’ll skip this one. 🙂

  7. August 5, 2012 11:51 am

    I never really thought Larry King was funny – I thought that this might be a good read for my dad, who often watched his show, but I don’t think the political views would mesh that well. Shame this didn’t work so well for you!

  8. August 5, 2012 1:59 pm

    I really don’t think he is funny. Now yes, he has had some pretty amazing moments on his show, but I’m not interested in his political views, nor am I interested in his marriages with women young enough to be his grandchild. So…hmmm.

  9. August 5, 2012 3:14 pm

    I was disappointed for the same reasons you were and ended up skimming a great deal of the book. I thought that in his last years of the show he could be very rude and often seemed to have no idea of what the guest had done, ie – he hadn’t read the book the guest was touting, etc.
    Some parts/stories were fascinating but I couldn’t recommend buying. Either win (I did) or borrow!!

  10. Patty permalink
    August 5, 2012 3:52 pm

    Whoa…I admire you for just finishing this one…whew!

  11. bookingmama permalink
    August 5, 2012 6:39 pm

    Definitely not a book that I’d ever care to read.

  12. August 6, 2012 3:13 am

    Yeah, I can’t see him as a stand-up comic, either. I like celebrity memoirs but don’t think this one is for me.

  13. August 6, 2012 10:29 am

    “I don’t find him to be particularly funny, but he thinks he is.”- This slayed me! I don’t have a particular fondness for Larry King, and I don’t really have a hankering to read this one. I would love to see him try his hand at stand-up comedy, but I bet that wouldn’t last long. Very interesting and insightful review today, Kathy!

  14. August 6, 2012 1:04 pm

    I rarely watched his show,and his personal life,from what I know,is not something I want to know more

  15. August 6, 2012 2:31 pm

    nope, not going to pay money to see Larry “talk funny”. I used to watch his show quite a lot, quite enjoyed it. Did he talk about his wives at all? I think I read somewhere that has been married 4 times?

  16. August 6, 2012 3:06 pm

    Sorry to hear it’s not a more entertaining read! That’s what I would expect from a book about King . . . and definitely not so much political commentary.

  17. August 6, 2012 4:17 pm

    Too bad it dissapointed.

  18. August 10, 2012 6:35 pm

    I was thinking about maybe listening to the audio, but if it’s political it’s not for me. I would like to hear about his guests though… maybe he’ll write another book!

  19. August 10, 2012 9:28 pm

    I wouldn’t call myself a King fan, but did occasionally watch his show. Stand–up comedy was not something that came to mind when he retired. I kind of thought he might actually enjoy retirement at his age!

  20. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    August 11, 2012 10:05 pm

    I’m not really interested in him so I don’t think this one would be my cup of tea.

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