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Audition: A Memoir

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At nine o'clock this morning, I arrived at Barnes and Noble, picked up Audition and sat down to read with a cup of coffee. I read for hours, bought the book and continued reading at home. At over 600 pages, this book cannot be read in a day. However, I have read enou...
At nine o'clock this morning, I arrived at Barnes and Noble, picked up Audition and sat down to read with a cup of coffee. I read for hours, bought the book and continued reading at home. At over 600 pages, this book cannot be read in a day. However, I have read enough to report that the book is magnificent extremely well- written, very pleasurable to read and absolutely fascinating. Open this book and on the inside jacket is a listing of the hundreds (thousands?) of people who Barbara Walters has interviewed and knows. It's pretty staggering, actually. Born September 25, 1929, Barbara Walters has led an extraordinary life. Walters was first known as a TV morning news anchor and became the first female evening news anchor and many of us know her as the interviewer who can make anyone cry. Walters has spent decades reporting the news and extracting juicy details and world events out of world leaders, celebrities, heads of state and other VIP's. In Audition, we get to learn about Walter's personal and professional life and her relationships with many of the most famous people in the world. In the introduction, Walters states: 'It feels to me that my life has been one long audition--and attempt to make a difference and to be accepted.' I was quite moved by her introduction and her feelings about her mentally challenged older sister, Jackie. Walters credits her sister as being the strongest influence in her life and credits her for teaching Walters about compassion and understanding--the traits that have made her such an outstanding interviewer. 'I've guarded my sister's privacy for years.' Walters writes. 'And although she was the central force in my life, she was part of the package that I'm about to unwrap on these pages.' Walter's warmth and compassion comes through in this book and you come to care very deeply about her. This book is an inspiration for everyone, but especially for women. Walters even writes that the book is about giving others hope. I see hope and inspiration in these books especially for young women and girls, because it shows that a woman can be highly intelligent, tough and successful and still be a woman. Walters is a role model and this book a gift to the world. From the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.

posted by Anonymous on May 6, 2008

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

$11.99 is way to much!! YIKES!

B&N, are you kidding?! The nook book is barely a dollar less than the cost of the paperback?! What happened to Nook editions being so much more afordable than buying the book?

posted by 1558312 on June 5, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2011

    $11.99 is way to much!! YIKES!

    B&N, are you kidding?! The nook book is barely a dollar less than the cost of the paperback?! What happened to Nook editions being so much more afordable than buying the book?

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2008

    Not a good book

    Barbara Walters does herself no favors with this book. It is poorly written with no chronological order what-so-ever. It is very difficult to tell whether she is writing about something that happend last year or back in the 70's. She jumps all over the place in her stories. She exposes herself as selfish, arrogant, obsessed with her career and willing to sacrifice whoever to get to the top. She constantly says she feels guilt over her decisions as well she should. I hope she can look back at her career and think it was worth the people she stepped on to get there: her daughter, her parents, her mentally challenged sister, not to mention the countless men - some of whom were married. Quite frankly, I lost any respect I had for Barbara Walters and the majority of this book thoroughly disgusted me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Never read

    Ive never cared for barbara she looks down hear nose at other peoples lives as the saying goes look into your on closet before you look at someelses as your book let out a secret of yoursw

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2009

    Celebrity Self-Absorption at its Worst

    This book is virtually unreadable. Ms. Walters cannot write and she has the unenviable talent of taking fascinating events of global, historical significance and rendering them deadly dull and singularly uninformative. Unless you want a book that is all about me by someone who has remarkably little self-awareness, do not buy this book. It's great reviews must be the result of slumping intelligence among readers or else the growing national obsession with the famous. A must miss book!

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Haven't read the book yet.

    Sorry, I am still read a James Patterson book...

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