The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life

Version: Unabridged
Author: Alex Trebek
Narrator: TBD
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: July 2020
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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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.

Reviews (4)

Written by Suzanne S. on September 9th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well read and well written. What an ordinary yet extraordinary man!!

Written by Terry B. on September 6th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a very endearing and insightful story about a very dear person! And Ken's narration was the perfect touch!


Written by Anonymous on August 1st, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Well worth the listen!

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved it. It is like sitting down with an old dear friend and listening to the events of his and his reflections which are humorous and informative. It ended too soon but I hope we have the pleasure of years more of Alex in our lives.

Author Details

Author Details

Trebek, Alex

Alex Trebek has hosted the syndicated quiz show Jeopardy! for thirty seasons, earning him seven Daytime Emmy Awards--including a Lifetime Achievement Award--and the Guinness World Record for most episodes of a game show hosted by the same presenter. Prior to Jeopardy!, he hosted various other quiz shows including The Wizard of Odds and High Rollers. He began his career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, working there for more than a decade. He graduated from the University of Ottawa and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa and Fordham University. He