Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
Now I have only heard of Andy Cohen a year ago or so, but have been a fan of TV shows aired on the Bravo Network, Top Chef, Around the World in 80 Plates, ect. Honestly most of the other programming isn’t for me and has their loyal following. I knew nothing other than that Andy Cohen is an executive with the network; his title is Executive Vice President of Development and Talent. Doing a little more research I found that his is the one behind the success of the Real House Wives, I must admit I have never watched a minute of any of the regional franchises.
I will admit that my pop culture knowledge if very very low, I never found a reason to care about what was happening with the celebrity of the day, who’s sleeping or getting divorced from who, who the latest pop star is, ect. But I have always wondered how the people in charge of TV networks got to where they are. Andy Cohen is a man who has been driven by pop culture from a very young age. He has battled with his own demons, and secrets only to come out on top. Why is it that it’s always the people who have lived some of the most interesting lives that get all the “cool” jobs? My only real complaint is that he plugs the Real House Wives once an hour, give or take, and some hour many more than once. This book is perfect for Cohen’s fans, as it will give you a real look at the man behind the housewives.
I am pleased that Cohen narrated his audiobook himself. He was able to add inflection and verbal gestures that I think would be lost by anyone else attempting to narrate this audiobook. I think that Cohen was too close to the microphone or something because his voice would distort and become very loud at times, caused mostly by Cohen’s volume modulation problem that he admits to suffering from.
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 two things: He was gay, and he loved television. 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 him while he was 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, Cohen tells tales of absurd network-news mishaps, hilarious encounters with the 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 the TV, both making shows and hosting his own.
©2012 Henry Holt and Company (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
Audiobook provided by MacMillan Audio for review.