Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life; Alex Trebek

 

                                           The Answer Is...Reflections on My Life; Alex Trebek                                                                                             Simon & Schuster Audio - 2020

I listened to this audio (4.5 hours) twice, alone and then on a road trip with the hub. We both enjoyed it as we are long time Jeopardy fans who were saddened to learn in March of 2019 that Alex Trebek had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The memoir is read mostly by Ken Jennings, an all-time champ (winning 2 million plus) from the show. He is now close friend of Trebek.  Alex does read the intro and wrap up as well as a few smaller parts in between.  All of the chapters about his life start out in the form of a question, much like the game show. 

Trebek was raised along with his younger sister in a working class Canadian household. He's a Mr. Fix-it type who always liked to putter around the house and admits that he has a 3-car garage full of tools and gadgets, some he was never quite sure how to use.  He's also a charitable man, a real humanitarian who believes deeply in helping the less fortunate, humans and animals alike. He doesn't feel that wealthy people, including himself, need a tax break and that they should pay their fair share so that more of less fortunate can be helped.  Married to his second wife, Jeanie, for 30 years, (she is 24 years younger) the couple has 2 adult children together. Although they've traveled quite a bit, Alex also admits to enjoying a simple life: home, family and relaxing outdoors.

Trebek admits that he never wanted to write a memoir and had been approached many times earlier. However, after his cancer diagnosis, he agreed as he didn't want an unauthorized bio written after he passes away.  100% of the proceeds of this book will be donated to a variety of organizations important to Trebek.  

Although we enjoyed listening to this memoir, at times it didn't feel like a lot of thought was put into it. Perhaps the book was a bit rushed because of the seriousness of his illness. 

Rating - 4/5 stars




9 comments:

  1. I am a long time fan of both Jeopardy and Alex Trebek. So glad he decided to write his memoir and I look forward to listening to Ken Jennings read it.

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  2. I'll bet that is good. Our impression of him has always been that he's a nice man.

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  3. Thanks for the review, Diane. I've been reluctant to read this one because it seemed like reading it would be some kind of goodbye to Alex, and I'm not ready to do that yet. The life you describe is kind of the way I pictured his would be; he just comes across as that kind of man. I'm sorry, though, to hear that it seems rushed because that would leave me a tiny bit disappointed in the book. It wouldn't be as satisfying a read as I have hoped it would be.

    I'm still going to read it at some point, just not right now.

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  4. I've been a fan of Jeopardy and Alex Trebek for many many years so I definitely want to listen to this audio!

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  5. When my parents were living the nightly routine was dinner, then Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. My family would get pretty competitive about who got their own answer in first. My son was talking about getting this e-book because he heard on the news about Alex's health issue. He seems like a genuinely decent and friendly man. I might read this later this year.

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  6. I find it so sweet that Ken Jennings and Trebeck have become good friends! I used to love watching jeopardy and did my own version in my history and government courses.

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  7. A wealthy man who does not want a tax break and shares his riches with the less fortunate! Wow, how rare.

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  8. This looks like a nice, easy road trip listen. This week the brother of a friend in my book club was on Jeopardy. He won the first night, lost the next. So fun to be rooting for someone :)

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  9. I’m happy we can now watch Jeopardy in the UK! What a nice man to make such a huge donation.

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