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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Darnelle
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • 01-14-14

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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  • Alexander
  • Sarasota, FL, United States
  • 05-05-13

I Love the Details

Walters generously delivers behind-the-scenes gems. It's like having her alone for a 24-hour dinner party.

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  • Donna
  • LaPorte, IN, United States
  • 05-17-12

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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  • bethann
  • milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 06-24-15

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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