Scathing Book Reviews of Audition: A Memoir, by Barbara Walters

Audition: A Memoir by Barbara Walters is one of those that gets talk-talk-talked about but no one I know has read it, or is likely to. Why the talk? Well Babs has been around for awhile (The Baba-WaWa thing still has legs, though I never quite got it – she must’ve had speech therapy by the time I actually saw her on TV) and she has a talk show, ABC to still polish her star, and wide and deep industry connections. Then there was that revelation of an affair – nice PR spin there, if not so nice to the guy’s family.

Why hasn’t anyone I know read it? Well, while I’m not young, I ain’t old either, and let’s get something straight – she’s elderly. Vibrant? Sure. But old. To Baby Boomers, she was probably a major influence as one of the first prominent female reporters, but to me, she was the co-host of 20/20, where she had Hugh Downs around to make her look younger.

Anyway, for these reviewers, this Audition by Barbara Walters fails:

She believes her life is far more interesting than I find it to be. Not to mention the fact that if you have heard all her never-ending press interviews etc., you already know everything in the book.

…and:

Barbara, you are not fooling anyone with all the facelifts and the skinny jeans on the View. We can tell you are an old lady.

…and:

She should not have written this book but her ego forced her to. How sad she had to end her brilliant career in such a manner. Sad, sad, sad.

…and:

If you like Barbara Walters and want to continue to like her; DO NOT READ this book. If I could have selected zero stars, I would have.

…and:

Wow! Why is the most interesting thing in Barbara’s life her sex life with a black man. Who else did she sleep with to get ahead? Why did she not reveal this? What role did affirmative action play?

…and:
How this self-aggrandizing ‘legend’ can consider herself a legitimate journalist (sorry–you can’t be both Rona Barrett AND Walter Cronkite) in light of the decades of questionable situational ethics she recounts here is anyone’s guess.

…and:

Barbara Walters should have been a politician. The careful way she says one thing, but infers other things, is a study in political correctness combined with mud slinging.

…and this review of Audition by Barbara Walters gets points because it has none – neither in punctuation or meaning, from what I can tell. Even better, someone replied and said “Learn to use punctuation, and then write a revue.” (sic!):

So about Barbara and her book coming out why write about marriages and just write a little about her background and about her career and not to meson about these three men she was married to just write quick Biography about her and her story and her career and forget all the murmuring and write a little about her sister and Parents and Grand Parent’s and so forth and drop it I think it would been a better book for Barbara and her self and not to put all the joke an it and forget it and the view is so silly that why not turn it an something else then having shooting with Rose O’Donnell and the rest of them and just keep it simple and interview people and just keep it simple for get all the shooting and the joke and silly to talk over each other and nothing is wrong with Elizabeth she has her opine like we all have with the Barbara interview she just ask questions and didn’t intercrop any one or made it bad so I don’t see any thing with Elizabeth why they just have a topic and interview people that has written a book or done a music CD or some Organization or someone that could give a program make it more interesting to view’s and for them Interview someone from a Organization that dose good an the community or some one is interesting then sent around a table and talking it doesn’t make bunch since to sent around the table and talk then not to interview people that have a interest.

2 Responses

  1. I am almost finished with Auditions and have enjoyed it. I have always admired Ms. Walters and the book did not let me down. I find her to be encouraging, positive, sweet and funny. I have recommended the book to all my friends. I wish my daughter could talk to her about women in the work force…Ms. Walters had it very tough in being the first women to approach network tv and succeed. I love how she loved her family and friends and especially love her relationship with Jackie, her daughter. You go Barbara!!

  2. I read “Audition” and couldn’t put it down until the 580th page. It was poorly written, full of split infinitives and dangling participles, frequently repititious, many of the “facts” were incorrect, but who would question her since half the people she writes about are dead. It’s was like reading “The Inquirer” with a binding. the gossip was scintillating. It’s perfect summer reading.

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