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Audition: A Memoir | [Barbara Walters]

Audition: A Memoir

"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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2008 Barbara Walters; (P)2008 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"She regales you with the juicy behind-the-scenes details of the celebrities she's interviewed, mixed in with stories of her own trials and tribulations. In the end, you envy her a little less and admire her more." (The Washington Post)
"Compulsively entertaining." (Salon.com)
"An unusually ambitious and successful book...suffused with an emotional intensity; it belongs to a part of American culture that Walters helped invent." (The New Yorker)

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    alice edwards 07-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "educational, inspiring, and interesting"
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    a great book about a pioneer of women in broadcasting. whether or not you like barbara walters, you have have to admit she had to have something to have attained the successes she has, and i wanted to learn what that might be. Unlike many long books, which i prefer but not infrequently tire of halfway through, i was drawn in for the duration of the tale, all 26 or so hours . . . which says as much about the narration as it does the telling of the story. what a career she has had, and i say good for her. it wasn't handed to her on a silver platter. Definitely one of my favorite Audible "reads."

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    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 06-24-15
    bethann milwaukee, WI, United States 06-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "hmmm....."

    interesting to hear her back story, but very surprised by some of the subtle but comments about others physical appearance-using judgmental adjectives reflecting a person's value--weight, appearance, wealth, etc. This seemed rather haughty, for someome who prides herself on social etiquette. also...I can only say, "ewwwww" & "tmi" when the visual hits --that these are Barbara Walters wprds describing her own sex life. I thought listening might help.me understand her popularity -- but I'm left smh wondering why I wasted the time. I like her even less now. :(

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    Kathleen Morgan Hill, US, Canada 03-19-15
    Kathleen Morgan Hill, US, Canada 03-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating read, a little long"

    I enjoyed the book tremendously and learned many things about her childhood I hadn't known

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    bookworm 06-09-14
    bookworm 06-09-14

    I only like to read n0n-fiction. Bio's memoirs, true crime, profiling, History of wars. I'm interested in the truth of things.

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    "Really good read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    a terrific insight into the woman. If you don't know her background, you won't know the woman. It about Barbara's drive and patience to get to where she wanted to be, NO ONE worked as hard as Barbara to see to it that she was respected and taken seriously.
    And she did it all with grace, and dignity


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Audition?

    Her relationship with her parents and how much she wanted to do what she could to help them when they need it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all good. Maybe the way she handled her interviews with the powers in other countries
    and her encounter with Guilda Radnar when Guilda imitated her as Barbara Wawa


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Maybe not in one sitting, but Yes to two sittings


    Any additional comments?

    I have a new found respect and appreciation for how hard she worked for everything thing
    she got.

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    Darnelle Baltimore, MD, United States 01-14-14
    Darnelle Baltimore, MD, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting memoir about an interesting woman"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Any fan of Ms Walters would enjoy this audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ms. Walters has lead a fascinating and somewhat sad life, and I think the stories about her father, Lou Walters were my favorite. He was successful yet tragic, a risk taker and someone who had passion. He had so much and ended with so little for all of his efforts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Because I knew so little about her personal life, all of the the stories about her family were my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Barbara Walters: her life life with royalty, the famous and the infamous.


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    Donna LaPorte, IN, United States 05-17-12
    Donna LaPorte, IN, United States 05-17-12
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    "Good read"
    What made the experience of listening to Audition the most enjoyable?

    Interesting, entertaining, unique insight into how she became the woman she is today. Amusing anecdotes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Excellent narration.


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