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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,288 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Walters Narrator: Barbara Walters Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780739343999
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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 forty years of interviewing heads of state, world leaders, movie stars, criminals, murderers, inspirational figures, and celebrities of all kinds, Barbara Walters has turned her gift for examination onto herself to reveal the forces that shaped her extraordinary life.

Barbara Walters’s perception of the world was formed at a very early age. Her father, Lou Walters, was the owner and creative mind behind the legendary Latin Quarter nightclub, and it was his risk-taking lifestyle that made Barbara aware of the ups and downs that can occur when someone is willing to take great risks.

The financial responsibility for her family, the fear, the love all played a large part in the choices she made as she grew up: the friendships she developed, the relationships she had, the marriages she tried to make work. Ultimately, thanks to her drive, combined with a decent amount of luck, she began a career in television. And what a career it has been! Against great odds, Barbara has made it to the top of a male-dominated industry. 

She has spent a lifetime auditioning, and this book, in some ways, is her final audition, as she fully opens up both her private and public lives. In doing so, she has given us a story that is heartbreaking and honest, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always fascinating.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Bokma | 2/11/2014

    " This is a detailed book for Barbara Walters lovers. I sort of skimmed through as Im not a big fan of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Davis | 1/30/2014

    " Listened to audiobook, very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lue | 1/23/2014

    " I admire Barbara Walters a lot and was excited when I heard she was writing her memoir. It's an interesting look at the history of television news and morning television. But I found that it was like reading the transcript from one of her specials (parenthetical asides included). That said, it'll go on my shelf beside Katharine Graham's memoir, which I'd recommend to anyone who's read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy | 1/20/2014

    " Actually, I listened to this one. Reading all the detail was too much, but listening to the 20 CDs was fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/17/2014

    " Not bad - some interesting tid bits and a background that was new to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 1/12/2014

    " her early childhood was a little upsetting for me so i did not enjoy that part but her career was delightful to read about "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bj | 1/9/2014

    " Ugh! A real name dropper!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 1/2/2014

    " This was well-written, but a little tedious at times with the name-dropping. Also, and I know this is sad, but I expected more about "The View" and found what was there almost too predictable and not at all believeable. A fascinating life to read about nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " Long book, but easy to read. I found the book to be interesting, recommend even if you're not a huge Barbara Walters fan since I'm not really and I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/9/2013

    " An amazing story. You learn that the most important thing in her life was her career, and everything else was sacrificed for it. She worked hard though, and has met and interviewed anybody who is anybody in this world. She paved the way for women in her field, and is very proud of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 12/9/2013

    " This memoir is so detailed. I learned so much about Barbara Walter's life. It is astonishing how much she has accomplished in the field of journalism. This is a definite "must read" for people who are interested in history and journalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jann | 11/25/2013

    " Well, this is a very long book but I did enjoy it. Barbara has lead an intresting and sometimes difficult life. Her comments on the stars she interviewed were interesting and I actually learned some history from this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cpthat | 11/1/2013

    " I gave up about 2/3 of the way through the book. It was well written and somewhat interesting but as much as I respect and enjoy Barbara Walters, it just got to be too much of Barbara Walters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mripma | 6/27/2013

    " Skipped immediately to the chapter entitled, "The hardest chapter to write" and found an even-handed description of the kind of agony that parents and children can suffer during the growing-up years in America. From the Dalai Lama to Oprah, Barbara tells all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deidra | 11/26/2012

    " I'm a sucker for biographies, and "Baba Wawers" was personal in insightful. It was also a good history lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 11/3/2012

    " Actually didn't finish this. Interesting tidbits but she's way too into herself for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 10/24/2012

    " Excellent book about the journey of one of America's most famous female journalists. It's not all roses, but her strength helped her conquer obstacles, discrimination, and heart-wrenching challenges. I couldn't put this one down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara Justiniano | 10/5/2012

    " Excellent book1 I found this book so interesting. I never thoguht I would have liked it but I really enjoyed it and recommend it to all my friends and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/13/2012

    " She persevered and has becomme very famous worldwide. Very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2012

    " Wasn't sure how I would like this book, but thought it was truly amazing. I listened to it on my MP3 and the reader was captivating. Just the right touch of Barbara Walters herself to draw you in between the covers of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mrs. Revier | 1/23/2012

    " wonderful. what a life she has had! amazing experiences but it seemed rather lonely. i wouldn't trade her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 9/27/2011

    " the writer must have been chosen fo being so much like Ms Walters -- the pacifist and mediator or the writer was not truthful. I believe that Ms Walters is a ind person who is able to make people comfortable. I also believe she is comfortable in her skin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelli | 6/20/2011

    " Purchased so I could really explore the history and rise of this icon whose story I felt disconnected from. Not only did I discover her personal history, but was able to be taken on a journey through our collective history as well. Finally finished the nearly 600 pages yesterday! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 6/7/2011

    " Really enjoyed learning about his upbringing as well as her challenges in her early career. Did this as an audio book and enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Renee | 5/22/2011

    " This is a fascinating read about a fascinating life. When I was a little girl I said that when I grew up I wanted to be "an interviewer" -- this book and Barbara's life re-ignited that passion. A rich, full life - complex and inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/13/2011

    " Interesting of course. Ms. Walters has lived an amazing life. I've always been a fan of hers. The book however took me forever to read. Not that well-written, some of the sections were hard to plod through. Even though I didn't love 'Audition,' I did find it a (mostly) worthwhile read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 5/10/2011

    " I went from liking Barbara to really liking her. What an amazing career and life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/5/2011

    " very interesting. fun to learn the stories about her interactions with such well known people
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 4/26/2011

    " Except for her repetition of the phrase "to this very day," the book was an interesting history. What a life she's had. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 4/15/2011

    " Absolutely loved this book and the candid language in which it was written. I've always been a huge Barbara Walters fan. She was the picture of class and composure. To learn of the little scandals, doubts and other issues of her private life was captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryann | 4/15/2011

    " A 21 disk audio book that held my interest as Barbara Walters herself read her life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 4/9/2011

    " So... yeah, I haven't finished it yet but so far it's really good. She is as good of an author as she is a newscaster, and she has a very interesting background. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kmaxham | 2/11/2011

    " My god, I thought it would never end. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first half. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2011

    " Autobiography of a personality I have admired for a long tome "

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About the Author
Author Barbara WaltersBarbara 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.