Audie Award Nominee, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2013
The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show.
From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television. The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a hand in creating today's celebrity icons. In the witty, no-holds-barred style of his show Watch What Happens: Live, Cohen tells tales of absurd network-news mishaps, hilarious encounters with the heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind the Real Housewives.
Dishy, funny, and full of heart, Most Talkative provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of television, from a fan who grew up watching the screen and is now inside the TV, both making shows and hosting his own.
©2012 Andrew Cohen (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
So entertaining, I cannot imagine downloading this info into my brain any other way than by Andy himself reading to me!
Books have always been an escape for me: initially from my studies, now from too much work. A good story is my favorite remedy.
I've already recommended the book to any friends or colleagues who share the guilty pleasure of any Bravo television shows. It was a fun insiders' view of the reality television industry while also demonstrating for readers that there is so much more to Mr. Cohen then is shown on WWHN.
The book was escapist delight and brought a smile to my face -- if not outright laughter -- on several occasions. Mr. Cohen writes (and narrates) just like he speaks on his talk show: energetic, self-deprecating, honest and with a spirit of unbridled "let's have some fun!"
Being of the same generation as Mr. Cohen, I recognize that other readers/listeners might not resonate so much with his exeriences and observations. However, I really enjoyed his recollections and hope that he'll follow-up in a few years with more perspectives on our peeping-Tom society -- or is it a "There but for the grace of God, go I" society? -- and remains as open and honest as he is here.
Probably not, as sometimes a little Andy Cohen is a lot of take and might not be everyone's cup of tea
I was kind of ready to give up listening in the middle when he began to explain playing pranks on his parents and what a spoiled employee/intern he was at CBS. This aspect of him is just not likeable and while I understand that he lived it (and has learned from it), it was not fun to listen to. However, it did improve and I enjoyed the rest of the book.
LOVED the part where he imitated Ross Perot and Michael Jackson - really funny
No sorry, it was just a light escape to listen to while travelling
Funny, behind the scenes and an easy read.
Can't think of one.
A must read for Bravo lovers.
I'm a fan of Andy Cohen and his show, so I was really looking forward to this book and he didn't disappoint for the most part. His work history and his journey to coming out were interesting and sweet, but I think I enjoyed his childhood letters from camp the most. He's fun to listen to, because he doesn't can make fun of himself and not take things so seriously. But, Andy....where's the juicy housewives/Bravo gossip? I was expecting more than how bad you thought the scenery for the reunion was!
I know in a book like this, it's customary for the author to read his own story, but......i could have done without. It may have been weird if he didn't, but Cohen sometimes sounds like he was a mouthfull of saliva or runs out of breathe. I can also hear his "acting".
Listening to Andy Cohen read his book is like having an old friend tell you his stories, secrets, and gossip. It's full of great anecdotes and hearing them in Andy's voice makes them truly memorable.
I will listen to Most Talkative probably several times. It is entertaining and honest. I love Andy Cohen. He's hilarious!
Andy is a natural. I felt like I was listening to a friend tell a story.
It feels like you're sitting with a friend and just enjoying a long chat/gossip session. I listened to it at work, and my day flew by. I was sorry when it ended because I wanted MORE!!
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey because they both left me feeling like I'd spent the afternoon with a friend.
I really enjoyed hearing about the Real Housewife shows and casts.
It made me giggle several times.
I found Andy and his story charming and fun. The writing and delivery felt comfortable and friendly and just made me wish I could hang out with Andy and dish about all sorts of things.
Yes I did recommend this to a friend! He loved it too. We both watch Bravo and we both enjoyed Andy Cohen's narration.
So much insider information and "behind the scenes" anecdotes.
Humorous reading. Feels like a friend telling you stories. Audiobook listeners even get some extras.
Yes, when Andy decided to come out to his friends. The letter he wrote was very touching.
Loved this audiobook! Andy Cohen's performance makes this a "must listen" rather than a "must read."
The letters from camp were hysterical!
Hearing Andy's words in Andy's voice. He made it feel like a good friend sharing gossip and funny stories.
I liked all the stories about the "behind the scenes" of Real Housewives shows and all the stories about his meetings with Oprah and Susan Lucci.
His special inflection and making it feel like we were sharing time together.
I laughed and chuckled a lot.
I wasn't a big fan of the Real Housewives series, but found the stories fun and made me want to take another look at the series. I hope he does another book.
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