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The Big Bang Theory

By: Jessica Radloff
Narrated by: Jessica Radloff,Fleet Cooper,Abhay Ahluwalia,Anna Williford,Suehyla Young,Allan Robertson
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Publisher's Summary

The definitive, behind-the-scenes look at the most popular sitcom of the last decade, The Big Bang Theory, packed with all-new, exclusive interviews with the producers and entire cast.

The Big Bang Theory is a television phenomenon. To the casual viewer, it’s a seemingly effortless comedy, with relatable but deeply unique characters tackling real-life issues—a kind of visual comfort food for its millions of dedicated fans. But the behind-the-scenes journey of the show from a failed pilot to a global phenomenon is a riveting story that even the most die-hard fans don’t know in its entirety.

The Big Bang Theory: The Definitive Oral History is a riveting, entertaining look at the sitcom sensation, with the blessing and participation of co-creator Chuck Lorre and executive producer Steve Molaro, as well as Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, and more. Glamour senior editor Jessica Radloff, who has written over 200 articles on the series (and even had a cameo in the finale!), gives listeners an all-access pass to its intrepid producing and writing team and beloved cast. It’s a story of on-and-off screen romance told in hilarious and emotional detail, of casting choices that nearly changed everything (which even some of the actors didn’t know until now), of cast members bravely powering through personal tragedies, and when it came time to announce the 12th season would be its last, the complicated reasons why it was more difficult than anyone ever led on. Above all else, The Big Bang Theory tackled issues no other sitcoms would touch, which underwent a brilliant metamorphosis during its 279 episodes that mirrored the changing attitudes of America itself. These are the stories shared here, with the intimacy and the reverence the show has earned.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Jessica Radloff (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

Critic Reviews

"A fun look at the sitcom megahit. . . Entertaining in its own right, this book examines the how and why behind the success of a landmark series."—Kirkus Reviews

"I'm so excited for fans to finally see my behind-the-scenes Polaroids for the first time. These photos are very special and super personal, so knowing Jess was taking such care with them, as she did with this book, was very comforting to me."—Kaley Cuoco

"There is no one more enthusiastic, more knowledgeable, more competent, or more dialed into the pulse of TBBT than Jessica Radloff. Jessica cultivated deep and rich relationships with all of us on TBBT over many years so that she can bring you the most detailed, delightful, and authentic TBBT book there will ever be. Bravo, Jessica, for putting up with us for so many hours of discussion, reminiscence, laughter and tears; thank you for being a part of our show's impact with this thorough and exceedingly well-researched work of art!"—Mayim Bialik

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Good story but...

I love big bang theory so was excited to read the BTS about the actors and show runners. The only thing that made it sort of difficult was the fact that voice actors were used to narrate instead of the actual people from the cast. Since most fans know the voices of the actors, it made it just a little weird to listen to other people narrating their stories. But otherwise, the story was great and Jessica Radloff did a great job executing the book!

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Meh

In full disclosure, I’m only about halfway through this book. That being said I am struggling to get through it. I love the show and was so excited for this book. I was expecting it to be written similarly to As You Wish by Cary Elwes and I suppose that was a mistake on my part. The first few chapters were really great and intriguing!! Fun behind the scenes stories and experiences that I had never heard about. However, it quickly went from fun stories to the stars celebrating themselves (which is deserved), “tooting their own horns” and talking about how great they are. We all know they’re great and they do deserve praise but I didn’t realize that’s what the entire book was going to be. They really lost me during the 45!!!! minute chapter about Johnny and Kaley’s relationship. Maybe I misinterpreted what this book was going to be about but hopefully it goes back to fun facts and stories about the show.

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Such a Fun Listen! I Had a Blast!

As a hardcore fan of TBBT, this book made me love and appreciate the show and the actors even MORE…who knew that was even possible? I really enjoyed all the factoids and tidbits, as well as the behind-the-scenes stories. I would’ve liked to have heard something about Kripke’s backstory or the story behind who came up with Mystic Lords of Ka’a, but they include so many other things, you really don’t miss it. My one minor gripe is with the performance. They obviously had the same voices reading for more than one individual, so when those individuals happened to be speaking back to back, sometimes I had to rewind to catch who is actually supposed to be talking. And it felt like the Jim Parsons narrator was doing a caricature more than an impression. I got used to it though, over the course of 18 hours. Otherwise, well-written, informative, and just a fun listen! I wish other shows would do a book like this; I’d love a “Seinfeld,” “Dexter,” or “Friends” version!

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A must for any TBBT fan

If you love The Big Bang Theory like I do, you will love the backstories on everything from initial casting, (some surprises there!) writing, guest stars, personal lives of the stars and much more. Even though the interviews are performed by voice actors, I felt like I was visiting old friends hearing the things the actors shared with Jessica in her interviews. Five stars all around!

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Great book except for all the dang apologies.

I loved the Big Bang Series, and I've seen each episode multiple times. So when this tribute book came out, I knew I needed to listen to it. My prediction is there will never be another book that digs this deep in to the series again, with such inside scoop information. The author being able to get so many on board with giving interviews and dishing out info is mind blowing, and I loved that part......................HOWEVER. This book is full of apologetic Social Justice Warrior crap. Apologizing for so many things as far as it handled different subjects inside the series. I'm not going to post the spoilers, because it won't take much listening to know exactly what I'm alluding to. This Social Justice Warrior junk is what the past crew of Friends is putting out now, along with Harry Potter, and even the new show Wednesday on Netflix. It's getting old..........Now to to my other gripe, and why I gave it two stars on the performance. A few of the voice actors reading the script did an awesome job, while a couple of them really sucked. Just give it a listen, and it won't take long to guess which ones a person could get annoyed with. Basically the woman voice actors were great, the ones who read for the producers of the show were great, but the ones who read for the male actors of the show, thats a big nope from me. With that all that, if you are a die hard fan, its still a must for giving a listen.

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Awesome story

I have enjoyed this inside look at The Big Bang Theory it was very insightful and thoughtful it may my experience with this tv show more enjoyable.

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Fantastic

I didn’t know I would love this book as much as I did. I love the Big Bang theory that I had to at least try… so glad I did!!!!💕😘💕😘😘

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Must read for any Big Bang fan

Absolutely loved it! The stories and interviews made me want to re-watch the show from the pilot even though I've seen every episode at least three times.

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Narration with voiceover actors

I enjoyed listening/reading about the stories from the perspective of the show. The voiceover actors started to become annoying after a few episodes vs listening to the actual person. The accents added were a part of the turn off for me.

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Fans and telephiles will enjoy

I’ve listened to or read a lot of books on how various shows were produced. Rarely do they offer as many surprises as this book. Casting changes, premise expansions, acting choices all included. One of the better behind the scenes books on how a now classic show
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  • Smlambert
  • 11-30-22

Good book, voice acting terrible.

Listened intently, great book for all Big Bang fans. However the actors voicing the BBT cast left me cringing, especially the guy voicing Jim Parsons. All I could think of was through the keyhole”who lives in a house like this”. Despite that lots of facts and interesting anecdotes.

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  • 11-27-22

A must for fans

Loved it. Amazing insite on the show, A must for all fans of the show

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  • Ashley daniels
  • 10-29-22

Amazing

This Audio book is Amazing I love the Big Bang Theory TV series this just topped it off

Thank you for those Audio book.

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  • MRS T.
  • 10-25-22

Brilliant

I’m a big fan of the show, but was a bit dubious as to how this book could live up to my expectations. It surpassed them. Loved all of the snippets from behind the scenes and stories from members of the cast and crew. Brilliant!

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  • Maria
  • 10-20-22

A must read (listen) for every fan of the show !

Really great way to look behind the scenes of the production process. Highly recommended!