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Oprah: A Biography Audiobook

Oprah: A Biography

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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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    Donna Gulfport, MS, USA 04-19-10
    Donna Gulfport, MS, USA 04-19-10
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    "WOW! The Big O"

    What a great book, the true side of Oprah! I do remember reading and hearing Oprah say many of the things that reviewed in the book, however it is easy to she that like all Actors Oprah is on stage playing to her audience, A big thank you to her aunt/cousin that came forward, her aunt/cousin is a hoot!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Khoi 03-01-17
    Khoi 03-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen for fans of Oprah"

    Being a major fan of Oprah, nearing to the statement that she is indeed one of my few idols, I find this listen a fantastic way to wade through a work day that needs some perking. Kitty Kelley is said to have interviewed over 850 people for her research of this book (many of the quotes coming directly from Oprah from past and previous interviews) and the thick pages and countless quotes attest to that account. I am someone who Oprah can in perpetuity do no wrong in my eyes, so no revelation too scandalous or accounts of petulant tantrums would ever tinge my holistic view of her. Kelley when asked if her opinion of Oprah has changed after she had written her book stated that " my impression of her hasn't changed as much as it has expanded" and I find that this rings true for me as well. The over arching tone of the unauthorized and un-corroborated biography tends to have a page six, internet gossip site element to it in the stories that are told and retold. Only minute details of her spending and giving coupled with anecdotes from her days before her syndicated talk show revealed to me details that I ( and most likely other readers) had not already known. Kelley does her fair attempt at creating a leveled unbiased coloring of Oprah but I would have to say that if she was to praise Oprah as much as she were to prod and point out her numerous faults and failings this book probably wouldn't have had as much interest nor be as commercially successful as it stands.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. O'Reilly 09-04-16
    T. O'Reilly 09-04-16 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I should have known better...."
    What would have made Oprah: A Biography better?

    Different author for starters


    What was most disappointing about Kitty Kelley’s story?

    I have never read anything or listened to anything by this author before I purchased this book to listen to. And I never will purchase another one again. There is nothing balanced about this biography (if you can call it a biography)


    Any additional comments?

    I should have known better....I am just disgusted with myself for spending even $1 on this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RLane Long Beach, ca United States 07-22-16
    RLane Long Beach, ca United States 07-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I never imagined there could be another side."

    the story paints a different perspective. I guess sometimes it's better to be left with the fantasy of how you pictured a person, rather than learning the possibility of an opposite truth.

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    Kathy 03-30-16
    Kathy 03-30-16
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    "Biased"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Kitty Kelley again?

    NEVER!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She slurs.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the bove


    Any additional comments?

    The tone of the book was biased and she repeatedly used racially charged words with a vocal tone that denoted racism and overall distaste for the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Horrilbe delivery of product...."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Sounds goes up and down.. as if in a tube.. and THIS TIME it is now my computer...why does Audible sell products that they know are lower than acceptable quality/ THIS happens lots and they know about this already... and they block the easy return of books too- no guarantee


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 08-19-15
    Amma Louisa, Kentucky USA 08-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Oh"

    It's complicated. The book engendered empathy for Oprah as well as sadness that she feels compelled to utterly control those who work for her via life long nondisclosure forms they are forced to sign.

    I've never enjoyed the books on her book club list and came to realize if Oprah loved it I wouldn't. Obviously O is trying to heal those childhood wounds. I hope someday she does.

    It would appear that to be a friend has beautiful perks. If this book is indeed accurate I feel badly for those who work for her but I feel sad for Oprah as well. Surely she has a full abundant life. I wish her well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie New Florence, PA. United States 04-30-15
    Julie New Florence, PA. United States 04-30-15

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    "Didn't believe "

    I think the author had a vendetta against Oprah!
    I won't be reading or listening to any more if this authors books.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linnea Carlson-Sabelli Chicago, IL USA 01-01-12
    Linnea Carlson-Sabelli Chicago, IL USA 01-01-12 Member Since 2014
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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 2010
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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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