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Top of the Morning

Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV
Narrated by: Brian Stelter
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (107 ratings)

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Just as The Late Shift did for late night television, Top of the Morning reveals the dish and dirt behind the polite smiles and perky demeanors of morning television. Listeners will be fascinated by the never-before-told, behind-the-scenes stories about the cutthroat battle for first place before dawn. The book is based on all-new reporting at the highest levels.

©2013 Brian Stelter (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Worth Picking Up Again

This book was originally research for a journalism project, but maybe 2 years later I'm happy to pick it back up. It's informative, but extremely interesting in a way I never thought news could be. I also appreciate that Stelter narrated his own book. For me it brings much more authenticity for listening.

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Fun Listen

This book was great fun to listen to while I drove. It brought back so many memories of the mornings though out my life.
I loved it!

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Easy read/easy listening

Fun, informative book of all
That goes on in the morning shows. Fun to hear the inside scoop. Documents a lot of what you’ve heard through gossip sites. But also gives you the inside stories and the truth of what really happens.

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Inside look at morning TV ..

Brian takes us into the hush hush meetings of network execs responsible for the major network morning shows. Specifically, we hear the backstory of how, and why, NBC gave Ann Curry the ax. Interesting stuff and a fun read for TV morning show fans.

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Not What I Hoped

I should have known better! I don’t watch morning TV so from my perspective this book could never really be THAT good.

After having read “Top of the Rock” I wanted something equally as juicy surrounding Morning TV. I suppose this book does supply that element, but it’s missing a very important ingredient: my interest. I know all about the scandals through pop-culture media, but because I don’t watch any of the shows I don’t feel like I know the people involved - so ultimately the book was not that interesting.

Lesson learned, I am not going to read “The War for Late Night” . I am tempted, but I think I’ll be disappointed for the same reasons (haven’t watched Late Night TV since the early 90s!)

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