I really didn't intend to read Barbara Walter's memoir Audition. I wasn't boycotting it or anything but I just really wasn't that interested in it. I had heard all the hype and thought, "Meh." But then it was there on the one week loan shelf and I figured why not.

Let me tell you, it's a long darned book but it's interesting. Barbara Walters has lived a very interesting life. It wasn't always an easy life. Yes, she did a lot but she worked darned hard for everything that she did. Were there lucky breaks? Was she sometimes in the right place at the right time? Undoubtedly. But she worked darned hard to get to that right place at that moment.

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There's one thing that's been bugging me though...and it may be part of why I decided to read this book. I've read a number of people who have expressed their "disappointment" in her for her affairs - the one with her former boss and the one with the married senator in particular. She "fell" from her position in their eyes. The only thing I have to say to that is this - she didn't put herself on your pedestal. You put her there. And that's your issue, not hers. And it's certainly not mine. She's human just like the rest of us and we all do things our own way. We don't all make the same decisions. We also don't get to choose how others see us and regard us - particularly when they don't know us personally.

In the words of Forrest Gump, "That's all I have to say about that."

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In a nutshell, I enjoyed it - quite a bit more than I thought it would. But it took flipping forever to read.