Audition: A Memoir

Unabridged / Go to Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Barbara Walters

Narrated By: Bernadette Dunne

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: May 2008

Duration: 26 hours 48 minutes


From presidents to dictators to the world's hottest celebrities, Barbara Walters has interviewed hundreds of notable people. Now, the most important woman in the history of television journalism offers a memoir that is heartbreaking and inspiring, surprising and fun, sometimes startling, and always riveting.


  • Shelly

    I'm not a fan of Barbara Walters, but I enjoyed reading about her start in show business, her father's business, her mother's depression and her sister's interaction with the family. I began reading the unabridged book and switched to the abridged audiobook half-way through. If you really like Barbara Walters or her story, I would recommend the unabridged book because many of the more interesting parts of the book are either glanced over or completely missing from the abridged audiobook.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn't quite prepared for being so intrigued, inspired, amused and impressed by Barbara Walters and her autobiography....but I was. You don't really realize what a groundbreaker she is for women and journalism until you hear about each accomplishment, sometimes painful and hard-earned, but always deserved. I recommend this audiobook for anyone who is interested in women's rights, entertainment, news reporting and history.

  • Dale in Pittsburgh

    I grew up watching Barbara on TV; she was a part of my day as going to work or school. I truly enjoyed the book, learning about the life behind the face that I have seen on TV all these years. I also enjoyed the chapter when she told about her troubles with her daughter; she was very open and honest about it. I would recommend this to everyone, especially those who grew up watching Barbara.

  • Anonymous

    I didnt care for Barbara Walters when she first appeared on TV but over the years she "grew on me" so that now I like and admire her. Even though she has made a lot of money, she has not had an easy life as you will ssee if you read this book. It is well written, sentimental, truthful and well worth reading.

  • Anonymous

    This was an interesting book. I have always felt that Barbara Walters was smart, efficient, and somewhat cold. I still have the same opinion. She told stories from the past that was very interesting. I certainly enjoyed the book, but I didn't really form much of a connection to her as a person. As autobiographies go, this is a pretty good one, but not great.

  • Anonymous

    If you like Barbara Walters (and can stand her voice), you will like this book. It's a simple, fast book and gives you new insights into her life.

  • Peggy Stortz

    This book reminded me of how totally self-involved Walters is. She refuses to be honest with the reader. She was born"ten or so years after her parents married." Try ten years exactly. Her multiple marriages and divorces are dismissed with a multitude of excuses. Just as she refuses to admit to plastic surgery--take a look at her face and remember she's 81 years old--this whole book is inauthentic. Too bad--she had an interesting life, but you'll only hear about her career here.

  • Anonymous

    I never thought of Barbara Walters as a feminist or someone who had a difficult life, but what a surprise! My husband and I were engrossed as we listened to the 5 cds while on a road trip. A very amazing woman who broke through a lot of barriers given the male-dominated news field. It was good to be reminded of all the famous international political figures she managed to interview before others had a chance. So much more interesting than her current list of celebrity movie stars. I have more respect for her after listening to her fascinating life and especially in how she had to deal with her family obligations. Sounds like a very honest account of her ambitions and feelings. Go for it!

  • Linda B

    Loved this book. It was wonderful to know the story behind the person who always gets the story. She is a gifted writer and personality.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful book to listen to on the road. I felt like Barbara was sitting in the car next to me chatting about her life!