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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (169 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anonymous Narrator: Cristina Panfilio Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781469207568
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Sasha King dreams of being a serious novelist and living the good life with her surfer boyfriend, Brock. But her day job as assistant producer of Project Icon, a once-mighty ratings juggernaut that’s recently taken a hit in viewership, keeps her working nonstop.

She’s got her hands full with Icon’s two new celebrity judges, entrepreneur-actress-singer Bibi Vasquez (“Crew to be forbidden to make eye contact with Artist AT ALL TIMES,” reads her contract) and Joey Lovecraft, a horny but spiritual rock legend who doesn’t even own a TV (it goes against the teachings of his guru, Tibetan high lama Yutog Gonpo).

As the competition among the young would-be stars?—including foul-mouthed, opera-trained Mia Pelosi and apple-cheeked yodeler Jimmy Nugget (“It’s like Roy Rogers made love to a Bee Gee!”)—?heats up, Sasha finds herself constantly putting out fires. A date with a mysterious stranger makes her rethink her devotion to Brock. And then an unexpected revelation rocks her world.

Add a frighteningly smooth host (Wayne Shoreline), muckraking gossip columnists, and powerful people named Nigel, and you have the pure madcap reading pleasure of Elimination Night, a book so searingly accurate about the talent show machine that it had to be written anonymously.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Rings deliciously true.”

    People

  • “More withering than Simon Cowell, crazier than Paula Abdul — it’s the novel that will have Hollywood on a witch hunt.”

    New York Post

  • “A fun read.”

    New York Daily News

  • “Anyone who has ever watched American Idol, and that will be almost everyone, will have the immense satisfaction of the ‘inside scoop,’ real or not.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mundi | 2/15/2014

    " I enjoyed this book much more than I probably should have. It was silly, shallow and predictable, but it was easy and fun and just what I needed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 2/14/2014

    " I enjoyed it and I don't even watch American Idol. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lance | 2/10/2014

    " This review will be very brief and shallow...which matches this book's character and plot development. I did muddle through the entire book hoping upon hope that there would be something good from this. But much like the TV show this book is supposedly describing, it too is a bad piece of its type of media. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monece | 2/4/2014

    " Fun to guess how much of it may be based on truth...only for current or former American Idol fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 1/29/2014

    " for the uncorrected advance proof "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terah | 1/21/2014

    " It was an okay read, but the Sasha/Bill back story wasn't as interesting as the AE-inspired bits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 1/19/2014

    " Light, fictional account of creating episodes of American Idol-type show. Not much redeeming value. I did read the whole book, so it was enjoyable, in a People Magazine kind of way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abutterfly | 1/16/2014

    " Not bad. It's a good in between read. What you watch during the commercials of the real show you're watching. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Waldron | 12/24/2013

    " Fun, diverting beach read, especially for fans of American Idol. Not terribly well-written, but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Day's Lee | 12/23/2013

    " The book was as entertaining as I hoped it would be. Yes, the characters are thinly disguised, but the facts about how shows like "American Idol" are produced are fascinating. I'll watch Idol with a fresh eye the next time I tune in. Definitely a summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen McCready | 12/5/2013

    " Quick easy read. Lots of "inside" info from Hollywood. Sort of reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbie Grob | 12/3/2013

    " I liked this one. I want to say it was too cheesy and over-the-top to be real, but who am I to say what going on in Hollywood? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 11/4/2013

    " Light and entertaining. A little ridiculous and predictable at times, but a fun light read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kit | 9/28/2013

    " If you enjoy your tabloids or entertainment gossipy shows you will find something to like in this book. It's pretty transparent as far as character development. It's not much of a guess who inspired this story, but it is dishy, gossipy tale and would be a perfect vacation read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 9/26/2013

    " It's rare for me not to finish a book but I thought this book was horrible and only read about 25%. It wasn't written well and I found it boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki Fulton | 9/25/2013

    " Totally a morphed American Idol Drama, fun guilty pleasure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 8/29/2013

    " Bad spelling errors, bad character development. Bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lavone S. | 7/11/2013

    " A little predictable, but a fun read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 5/6/2013

    " If you followed American Idol the last two years (judges JLo and Steven Tyler) you would enjoy this book. Is it fact or fiction? Hard to tell but interesting no doubt. You have to translate the names in your head. Simon is Nigel, BiBi is JLo, Joey is Steven. Fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ashley | 3/16/2013

    " Raunchy. Poorly written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Kepner | 3/12/2013

    " a guilty pleasure -- quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Faust | 3/2/2013

    " Amusing potboiler taking place behind the scenes of a certain thinly-veiled talent search program, replete with dueling egos, backstabbing, betrayals, and airing of dirty laundry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann Baskervill | 2/2/2013

    " Too stupid to waste my time reading about this show. "

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About the Narrator

Cristina Panfilio is a voice talent, audiobook narrator, and actor whose credits include Fallen Angels at Indiana Rep, The Merchant of Venice at Notre Dame Shakespeare, Twelfth Night at Chicago Shakespeare, Mirandolina, Seascape, Laughing Stock at The Milwaukee Rep, and Memory House at Renaissance Theaterworks. She was also part of touring productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet with the Utah Shakespeare Festival and five wonderful seasons with the Riverside Theatre Shakespeare Festival in Iowa City.