The Answer Is . . .

The Answer Is . . .

Reflections on My Life

Downloadable Audiobook - 2020
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Longtime Jeopardy! host and television icon Alex Trebek reflects on his life and career.
Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a week. Last year, he made the stunning announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. What followed was an incredible outpouring of love and kindness. Social media was flooded with messages of support, and the Jeopardy! studio received boxes of cards and letters offering guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life. Yet he was moved so much by all the goodwill, he felt compelled to finally share his story. "I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year," he writes in The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life.

The book combines illuminating personal anecdotes with Trebek's thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions he gets asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache, his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and his opinion of Will Ferrell's Saturday Night Live impersonation. The book uses a novel structure inspired by Jeopardy!, with each chapter title in the form of a question, and candidly captures Trebek over the years.

This wise, charming, and inspiring book is further evidence why Trebek has long been considered one of the most beloved and respected figures in entertainment.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio


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Nov 11, 2020

I really enjoyed this book, read by both Alex Trebek and Ken Jennings. It was honest and insightful without being too "heavy," and gave a nice overview of his life. It was also personable, as he talked to his "audience" like a friend.

DCLadults Aug 07, 2020

A Listen to This staff pick 2020. The Book: Longtime Jeopardy! game show host Alex Trebek pens his memoir, and you finally find out why he shaved his signature mustache. The Audio: Multiple-time Jeopardy! winner and Trebek friend Ken Jennings narrates the lion's share of the memoir, and Trebek himself takes on the sections that are the most personal to him.

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