Book Review: Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

July 11, 2012 audio, book review 2

 Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture by Andy Cohen

Published by : Henry Holt and Co/ Macmillan Audio 2012

Narrated by: Andy Cohen

Length: 8 hours 37 minutes

Source: McMillan Audio for review with Audiobook Jukebox

Andy Cohen is a pop culture phenom, he’s holding down one of the top spots at Bravo TV.  I think I first became familiar with Andy when he began hosting the reunion shows for the Real Housewives franchises.  If you’re not familiar with Andy…well settle in and let me introduce you a bit. 

Andrew Cohen grew up in a St. Louis suburb, I was instantly enthralled as I grew up in a more northern suburb of STL too.  Throughout his early years he is constantly told he told he talks too much, and was yes voted Most Talkative in his senior class. He is in love with TV and most importantly All My Children and Erica Kane, trust me this will play big later in life.  Andy went off to college, Boston University, and he made great friends that are still part of his life today.  Andy had the opportunity to study in Europe, where he spread his wings a bit, and was able to live openly as a gay man, not easy in the late 1980’s and with the homophobia that was even more rampant in the US in that era. 

Andy also had a fabulous internship at CBS, and while not the nightly news with Dan Rather as he may have fantasized about, it was the Morning Show where he eventually left his mark.  Post graduation he spent ten years with CBS and had a variety of roles and responsibilities, and some great stories to share.  Andy then moved onto to a short lived cable channel and eventually to Bravo where he is now the Executive VP of Development and Talent.  He has been instrumental in the shows in the Real Housewives line up.  He also hosts a show “Watch What Happens Live” now from the referred to “club house”. 

So…what did I enjoy most about Most Talkative?  It’s hard to pinpoint just one thing.  I have to say that as Andy shared his process of coming out I found it so touching.  Andy not only thought it all out, but he wrote out what he wanted to say exactly to his friends, and to his family.  My heart was full of love when he was so accepted by those he loved.  I loved how his mom likely already knew he was gay, but was waiting for him to share it.  I find it so rewarding that Andy has not hidden his orientation, and that he is so open in sharing those ups and downs. 

My other favorite part is learning all the behind the scenes secrets and dish from television. Andy Cohen has the inside scoop on celebrities they interviewed on the CBS morning show.  He shared tales of Tammy Faye Baker, and Joan Collins and more.  Andy had somber memories of flooding victims in Illinois and Missouri as the Mississippi river crested and caused millions in damage.  He covered the Oklahoma City bombing, and hurricane Andrew. On a lighter note, doesn’t everyone want to know what really goes on, especially all the new reality shows that Bravo has created.  Andy shares details on how women where chosen, how some of moved on, and the highlights of some of those reunion shows.  I have to admit The Real Housewives of NYC and NJ are my guilty pleasures….I laugh and crack up at their bickering and backstabbing, but love to peek inside their lives. 

The audiobook was read by Andy Cohen himself, and honestly, no one else could have done it.  Andy has aside moments between he and the listener and his personal wit is just all over this audiobook.  The production is very well done, no outside noises or odd breaks in narration. 

I’ve given this a 4 out of 5 stars, I really enjoyed it.  I recommend it to anyone who loves current TV culture and wants a fun, but informative read or listen. 

2 Responses to “Book Review: Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture”

  1. Zibilee

    I don’t watch much television, so I am not familiar with Andy, but he does sound like he has an incredible personality and like he has a lot to share with his readers about his life. I really do admire him for steeping out of the closet and sharing his sexual orientation with his close friends and family. It’s a really brave thing to do. Very nice review today, Anita! I loved it!

  2. Anita

    I’m not very familiar with him either, though I recognize his face. (The Today Show and GMA were my favs over the years.)

    I’ve recently seen him on TV, probably promoting his book. Your review says a lot about his personality which gives me a good idea about his book. I good read (or audio) I’m sure.

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