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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toby Young Narrator: Toby Young Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first.

In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan - Alistair Cooke then, Anna Wintour now - so why couldn't he?

But things didn't go quite according to plan. Within the space of two years, he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn't get a date for love or money. Even the local AA group wanted nothing to do with him.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People is Toby Young's hilarious account of the five years he spent looking for love in all the wrong places and steadily working his way down the New York food chain, from glossy-magazine editor to crash-test dummy for interactive sex toys.

But it's more than the longest self-deprecating joke since the complete works of Woody Allen (Sunday Times); it's also a seditious attack on the culture of celebrity from inside the belly of the beast. And there's even a happy ending as Toby Young marries - for proper non-cynical reasons, as he puts it - the woman of his dreams. Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna Leung | 1/28/2014

    " Saw the movie because I love Simon Pegg movies. I was pleasantly surprised by this book though. There were some pretty outlandish things that went on with the author and I question how this book got published if they were true. Let alone the people he talked about so candidly - it's interesting in that he talks about reputation and yet there were some things revealed in this book that would slightly tarnish said rep. In my opinion anyways. Either way, if you're a total fashionista who's into the glossy fashion magazine of New York's Conde Nast, you might be interested in learning about the inner workings of such profession. I personally stopped buying magazines because they were a waste of money and space, so now my head is filled with more useless information! But still, an interesting read with a happy ending of course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/24/2014

    " This book splits you in two ways, thinking the author is just a bit of a self important idiot and feeling sorry for him, as he appears to redeem himself towards the end. Funny and cringeworthy in equal measures, 4 stars because it was like a train wreck I couldn't tear myself away from. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K8e | 1/18/2014

    " Had a little trouble getting into the book. The majority of the book was funny and some of the stuff that Toby does is just hilarious and off-the-wall stupid. The ending didn't really keep me as interested as the middle of the book either. This was my favorite line: "Some people are lucky enough to stumble across the right path straight away; most of us only discover what the right one is by going down the wrong one first." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 1/10/2014

    " Didn't really hold my interest very well. Very hard to relate with the main character or feel any type of compassion for him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 1/10/2014

    " Inconsistent, is my one word review of Young's book. At times hilarious; at times tedious. Partly a fascinating glimpse into American culture from an outsider's perspective; partly a repetitive laundry-list of how Brits differ from Americans (as if we didn't already know). Young is amusing, but also obnoxious. You want to like him, but he's an outright jerk. Still, I guess that's what the book is all about -- a 5-year chronicle wherein a full-of-beans British journalist becomes a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, tries to take Manhattan by storm, and fails miserably due to his odious personality and colossal miscalculation of what Americans are willing to put up with vis-a-vis malapropos behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yamille | 1/3/2014

    " I enjoyed this book because I thought it was funny BUT I recommended it to four others who disliked it. Some didn't even finish it. Not sure what that says about me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarbjit | 1/1/2014

    " If you starting your career read this book to learn the things that are acceptable in a civilised working environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzy | 12/24/2013

    " Kind of sad. Thought-provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haylee | 12/2/2013

    " I still haven't seen the movie, but when this book first came out Wes read it and loved and passed it along to me. It is hysterical!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 11/11/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get through, but perseverence paid off. It's well written and you can't help but just love Toby. Many of the "characters" are still in roles in publishing and you see their names all over Conde Nast publications. Even more intriguing! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Francesca | 8/24/2012

    " If I could give this book no stars, I would. Not a fan, at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisaann | 6/22/2012

    " Toby Young was one of my favorite Top Chef judges--loved his dry wit. This memoir of his time in New York, is thoroughly enjoyable. He begins as a bright, rising star on the staff of Vanity Fair and it all goes downhill from there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Kavanagh | 3/16/2012

    " If you want to understand how fundamentally different Brits are from Americans, this is the book to start with. They turned it into a really bad movie but the book is still a classic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clarisa Doval | 3/1/2012

    " (2.5). I quite enjoyed the first part, but towards the end, I could not wait to finish it and pick up something different. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 10/30/2011

    " I quit. Apparently the only thing funny or interesting about this book is its title. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 10/27/2011

    " Now that I know someone working at Vanity Fair, I know it's all true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 6/19/2011

    " I loved this book, abmitly the only reason i read it was i had seem the movie, but it was so much better than the movie I had to give it five stars, even though it only deserived four.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 4/21/2011

    " Absolutely hilarious! A book you cannot put down, in either sense of the word. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kemi looves 2 read | 4/10/2011

    " It was a mix of funny, witty, gossipy and some moments of annoying rants and bleak outlook on his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassandra | 3/20/2011

    " Toby Young really frustrates me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 3/7/2011

    " Really good book on the inside workings of journalism. I really got into it at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/29/2011

    " It's not as funny as I thought it would be given the description.

    At first I thought it would just be a bunch of name-dropping. There is that, but also a lot of social commentary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/28/2011

    " I loved this book, abmitly the only reason i read it was i had seem the movie, but it was so much better than the movie I had to give it five stars, even though it only deserived four.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 12/30/2010

    " Not the book I was expecting. I'd seen the trailers for the film based on it(though not the film) and expected comic rom-com chick-lit sort of book. Instead there's a lot more polical and social comment. interesting maybe but not what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/21/2010

    " Very entertaining if you enjoy snarkiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 12/14/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to get through, but perseverence paid off. It's well written and you can't help but just love Toby. Many of the "characters" are still in roles in publishing and you see their names all over Conde Nast publications. Even more intriguing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haylee | 10/29/2010

    " I still haven't seen the movie, but when this book first came out Wes read it and loved and passed it along to me. It is hysterical!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 7/28/2010

    " This book rocks if you have ever worked in magazine publishing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 7/14/2010

    " 8/10. Unflatering view of vacuous American publishing. Amusing in places. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 7/9/2010

    " Or "How I Screwed Up Writing For Vanity Fair." Actually pretty interesting, although the last quarter of the book was rather dull. A pretty funny memoir, if anything. "

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About the Author
Author Toby Young

Toby Young is the bestselling author of the laugh-out-loud funny How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. In the course of his career as a journalist he has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the Times of London and Vanity Fair, and most recently the Mail on Sunday. He is currently restaurant critic for the Evening Standard and theater critic for the Spectator. He lives in London.