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Oprah: A Biography | [Kitty Kelley]

Oprah: A Biography

Based on three years of research and reporting, as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era.
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Publisher's Summary

Based on three years of research and reporting, as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era.

Anyone who is a fan of Oprah Winfrey or who has followed her extraordinary life and career will be fascinated and newly informed by the closely observed, detailed, and well-rounded portrait of her provided by Kitty Kelley's exhaustively researched book. Listeners will come away with a greater appreciation of who Oprah really is beyond her public persona and a fuller understanding of her important place in American cultural history.

©2010 Kitty Kelley (P)2010 Random House

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    Linnea Carlson-Sabelli Chicago, IL USA 01-01-12
    Linnea Carlson-Sabelli Chicago, IL USA 01-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Oprah unmasked"

    The author did an incredible job writing this book based on a meticulous review of media reports. It is documented throughout with quotes from published sources. It was very interesting at first, but I tired of Oprah's story after a while, and just stopped reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Rockville, MD, United States 06-19-11
    Linda Rockville, MD, United States 06-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Save your time and money"

    This stinks. Hands down this is the worst Audible book ever. Kitty Kelley narrates her own book and her voice was very irritating. The tale about John Tesh was downright rude (and showed him to be a lout). Kitty Kelley comes across as the ultimate mean girl. I could only get through the first couple hours and had to quit it. It just wasn't interesting and I didn't want to hear anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda ANNANDALE, VA, United States 01-30-11
    Glenda ANNANDALE, VA, United States 01-30-11
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    "Not What I Expected!"

    I love it it's honest real, entertaining and hard hitting. Kitty Kelley pulled this off with Oprah's own words and facts. Sad that Oprah's power kept Kitty from being able to market the book to a wider audience that would love the book as I do. It's not sensational but interesting, real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-18-10
    John Toronto, Ontario, Canada 05-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Oprah, Oprah, Oprah"

    Reached my limit around the 15 hour mark. Couldn't take much more. It simply gets repetitive and boring after a while. Some interesting facts at the beginning but if you've read any highlights from reviews, that's about it, unless something huge happens after the 15 hour mark!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana E. Lundin Los Angeles 05-08-10
    Diana E. Lundin Los Angeles 05-08-10 Member Since 2005
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    "I Feel Dirty After Listening to This"

    There are always at least two ways to tell a story... a recitation of the facts, not embellished with judgment... or the Kitty Kelley way, sensationalized to make things seem a whole lot more dramatic than they appear to be. If there is a way to ascribe ulterior motives to Oprah, then Kitty Kelley finds every single one of them. The one who comes out looking bad in this book is Kitty Kelley. Petty, mean-spirited, and judgmental. Her narration is abysmal as well. Wow. I actually like Oprah more after this book. And now I loathe Kitty Kelley.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 05-02-10
    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 05-02-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Oprah, a Biography"

    Kitty Kelly is known as a writer of tell-all books, unauthorized biographies. This one is no exception. While she gives us a thorough review of the Oprah show, and what everyone thought of her, friends and foes alike, it did feel a little like being a voyeur, but of course I enjoyed it. Kitty Kelly narrated her own book, and she did quite well. It is said that people talk to her because she seems like such a benign grandmotherly type person. You could hear that in her voice as a narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christeena Tulsa, OK, USA 04-29-10
    Christeena Tulsa, OK, USA 04-29-10
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    "Scathing but good!"

    Kitty Kelley has again accomplished another Scathing story. I could not put this book down! Many of the transcripts are from episodes that I remember and was shocked to hear how many of her stories have changed over the years.

    What a sad portrait of this woman who is famous for touching the lives of so many women has lost touch with reality with the real world because of her fame and fortune.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Palo Alto, CA, USA 06-03-10
    Sheri Palo Alto, CA, USA 06-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst book ever!!!!!"

    Don't waste your money! I wish that I could get a refund! This is nothing more than sour grapes by an old biddy wannaby. I had never read anything by Kitty Kelly and never will again. She puts a negative spin on the most banal details. She's obviously a very jealous, unhappy person. This book says more about Ms. Kelly than about Oprah.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    ken Acworth, GA, United States 05-20-10
    ken Acworth, GA, United States 05-20-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Absolutely do not waste your time......."

    What a terrible book. Audible is there anyway I can bet my money back. I hated this book. I thought the author did a great job, it was the subject matter that was just terrible!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas mortton, IL, USA 04-17-10
    Thomas mortton, IL, USA 04-17-10
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    "excellent read"

    This is a well written book avout a lovely person. She had to put a lot of research into it.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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