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  • Audition: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara Walters
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    "Young people starting out in television sometimes say to me: 'I want to be you.' My stock reply is always: 'Then you have to take the whole package.'" And now, at last, the most important woman in the history of television journalism gives us that "whole package", in her inspiring and riveting memoir. After more than 40 years of interviewing celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

    Shaddi says: "Absolutely Incredible Listen!"
    "An engaging and amazing read!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I haven't finished listening, but am about three quarters through and cannot stop recommending this book to family and friends! It's a wonderfully touching and candid memoir, written by a celebrity I didn't really appreciate; as a young Australian, although I know who Barbara Walters is, I'd never understood or appreciated just why she was so famous as a professional television journalist. This book has certainly set me straight!!

    Without doubt, this is one of the best memoirs I've read and definitely the best book I've read in the past year or so. Barbara's conversational writing style is very engaging and her recollections of interviews, news stories and scoops, along with amazing inside and background information, as well as the political/historical context, makes for a truly fascinating read. The heartwarming revelations about her personal and family life also made me admire her all the more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is an odd question to be answering for an autobiography, but that said, if you enjoy memoirs and like getting up close and personal with the subject, this is a must read! Barbara's personal and professional story is incredible and very interesting. Aside from Barbara herself, her comments and personal views about all of the Presidents she has interviewed throughout her career were truly fascinating.


    What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is fabulous and adds to the poignancy of this memoir. Such a wonderful choice!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to mention any particular anecdotes, as they will be spoilers for those of you that decide to get the book, however, I found the episodes of Barbara's personal and family life very touching. Not only do I admire all of her professional achievements as a television journalist, but I also appreciate them knowing the personal struggles she went through.


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