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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,651 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andy Cohen Narrator: Andy Cohen Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Andy Cohen's name may not be recognizable to many, but his influence on pop culture is familiar to most. From a young pop culture-obsessed kid to being an executive at a cable network, Cohen's journey has taken many turns. Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture reads like a journal, recording comical moments and touching stories from his youth until today.

Cohen's first love was television, and his childhood devotion to Charlie's Angels and All My Children is evident in his daily letters home to his mother from summer camp. The letters are included in the book, each reminding her to tape his shows so he wouldn't miss an episode. His Mom Evelyn Cohen plays a central role in the book, portrayed as a typical Jewish mother from the Midwest, and one who is continually duped by her son's over-the-top pranks. Cohen also writes of growing up in St. Louis and being a gay teen in the 1980s, a time when society wasn't very accepting of homosexuality. He focused on journalism and broadcasting in college, hoping to turn his passion into a career, and, in fact, the book begins with him interviewing his childhood heroine Susan Lucci for his college newspaper. After working with several national news programs in his 20s and early 30s, Cohen took a position as an executive at cable network Bravo and helped build the channel into a reality television empire. The book gives his behind-the-scene looks at everyone from Oprah to the women on his real housewives series.

Today, Cohen serves as the Executive Vice President of Development and Talent at Bravo. The network is a subsidiary of NBC Universal. He serves as the host of Bravo's late night talk show Watch What Happens Live. His blog is popular among fans of pop culture, television and media. Most Talkative is his first book.

The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television show

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew one thing: he loved television. Not in the way that most kids do, but in an irrepressible, all-consuming, I-want-to-climb-inside-the-tube kind of way. And climb inside he did. Now presiding over Bravo’s reality TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie’s Angels and All My Children and to his mother, who received daily letters from Andy at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it’s hard to believe that everyone didn’t know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

The journey begins with Andy interviewing his all-time idol Susan Lucci for his college newspaper and ends with him in a job where he has a hand in creating today’s celebrity icons. In the witty, no-holds-barred style of his show Watch What Happens Live, Andy tells tales of absurd mishaps during his ten years at CBS News, hilarious encounters with the heroes and heroines of his youth, and the real stories behind The Real Housewives. Dishy, funny, and full of heart, Most Talkative provides a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the world of television, from a fan who grew up watching the screen and is now inside it, both making shows and hosting his own.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Andy Cohen’s new book Most Talkative is laugh-out-loud funny. Anyone who likes pop culture will really like this book. It’s a perfect read for this summer.”

    Anderson Cooper

  • Most Talkative is Andy Cohen’s story from starting out as an intern for CBS news and working his way up the ranks through programming and then eventually becoming a personality himself. He’s a really funny writer!”

    Kelly Ripa

  • "[Cohen] is funny as Augusten Burroughs used to be…[Most Talkative] requires zero interest in Top Chef, Real Housewives or anything else on Bravo to find him highly entertaining company through this joke-filled joy ride.”

    New York Times

  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration by the Author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 2/20/2014

    " I really enjoy watching Andy on tv and think he is so funny! I want to go to the clubhouse! I liked his book too! For some reason his Dan Rathers stories gave me a case of the giggles! A good read if you like bravo shows! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kate Knouse | 2/13/2014

    " Love Andy Cohen. Love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tracee | 2/7/2014

    " A quick, breezy read with occasional LOL moments of how Andy Cohen came to be Andy Cohen. It's not Shakespeare or a true autobiography but it definitely adds a dimension to the personality we see 5 nights a week on Watch What Happens Live. You'll be done with the book in less than a day, certainly something to just sit back and relax with for a few hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/4/2014

    " I thought this book was really funny, although I'm a huge Andy Cohen fan and from St. Louis! I would definitely recommend it to any BRAVO fan. "

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