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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (May 6 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030726646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307266460
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 4.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Audition is brutally honest, both about Walters and those she's worked with. Readers won't be left wondering what she thinks of anything, or anyone, for that matter. . . . It's a fascinating look at a woman who has lived a fascinating life.”
–Laura L. Hutchison, The Free Lance-Star

“[Walters’] heartfelt candor lifts this book above mere titillation. . . . blended with this personal drama is a delightful tale of the golden age of television . . . Through 50-plus chapters, you feel as though you’ve enjoyed a year of weekly lunches with Walters . . . 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.”
–Kathleen Matthews, Washington Post

“…the book is a triumph!”
—Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic

“…the grande dame of TV news has written a blockbuster. . . . Readers will gobble up the excerpts from scores of interviews with world leaders, politicians, celebrities and murderers.”
–Kathleen Daley, New York Sun

“an indispensable book along with a surefire monster best seller…intensely readable…She’s TV’s original monarch and superstar where power, show business and journalism converge. It’s Barbara Walters’ world, and the rest of us just live in it. [Her] mammoth memoir, doesn’t just touch chords, it’s a 600-plus page oratorio.”
–Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

“…compulsively entertaining…”
–Rebecca Traister, Salon.com

“Ms. Walters’s story is greatly humanized by the family memoir that colors her long litany of professional successes.”
–Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“an unusually ambitious and successful book. …suffused with an emotional intensity…it belongs to a part of American culture that Walters helped invent.”
–Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker

“She doesn’t shy from the tough stuff… Nor does Walters, an entertainer as much as a ground-breaking journalist, skimp on the fun bits.”
–Allison Adato, People

“…the crowning glory of a remarkable career…”
–Liz Smith, New York Post

“…sizzling…”
–Jo Piazza, New York Daily News

“…compulsively readable… [Walters] gives us an entertaining panorama of a full life lived and recounted with humor and bracing honesty. Alternating between tales of her personal struggles, professional achievements and insider anecdotes about the celebrities and world leaders she's interviewed, this mammoth memoir's energy never flags.”
Publishers Weekly (starred)
 
“A smart, funny, fascinating book in which Walters captures possibly her most elusive subject: herself.” 
–Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred)

About the Author

Barbara Walters is the first woman ever to cohost a network news program. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. An ABC News correspondent, she is also host of The Barbara Walters Specials and the creator, cohost, and co–executive producer of ABC Daytime’s The View. She lives in New York City.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie on May 6 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.

Thankfully, there is also a detailed index. I found myself eying the index and flipping through to certain sections. I enjoyed reading about Walters' experience with the application form and other details at my alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College.

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 interviewing, extracting juicy details and information 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 prologue, Walters states: "It feels to me that my life has been one long audition--an 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nick on July 20 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great read! I feel like I have known so many people better after I've finished reading it. Barbara Walters' writing made me feel I was reading a book written by someone I know instead of a media icon. What a life! How can one woman who has a young daughter have travelled that much, met so many heads of state including dictators, dated so many prominent men,and had such a colourful career. I think it's important that Barbara recorded the sexism she has faced in her career that spanned five decades. It's interesting to know the men who had given her a hard time had either been let go or died of cancer. It made me wonder which is the cause, and which is the effect. Regretably, today sexism remains alive everywhere. To keep it brief, I just want to say "Barbara, thank you for writing this book. It's simply the best."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Ronan on Jan. 31 2010
Format: Paperback
What a life! Such an interesting, intelligent, driven, accomplished and fasinating women. I really appreciated her honesty and truthfulness about her life. she talks about her family history, her relationship with her mother & father and her slightly mentally retarded sister and how she felt responsible to be the bread-winner for her family because her father Lou Walters had been bankrupted many times throughout his life/career causing hardships for the family. she writes about her many husbands as well as her daughter Jackie. I really enjoyed this book and learning more about her personal and professional life as well as all of the fasinating people she had met and interviewed over the years. Very well written. I couldn't put this one down. If you're at all a little interested in Barbara Walters &/or journalism get this book. You won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francine Boudreau on Sept. 20 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's amazing to read about all this lady, whom I idolize, has accomplished. Very educational and interesting.
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