Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2017
CD ISBN 978-1-4272-9266-7 $49.99 Twelve CDs
DD ISBN 9781427292674 $32.99
Originally from Great Britain, Tina Brown, former editor of THE NEW YORKER and VANITY FAIR, offers a rather offhand, sluggish narration of these self-aggrandizing diary entries. The name-dropping diaries were kept within the span of her years at VANITY FAIR. Here, in all their glory, are the excessive and extravagant go-go 1980s, but this chronicling of expensive and expansive entertainments and meals out is more likely to be of interest to those who were in her orbit at that time; otherwise, the work is absent any spark to ignite others' interest. This lack of context for the average listener creates a repetitive series of tales of big egos and even bigger sums of cash to be expensed to the Condé Nast Corporation. Skillful power-brokering is also discussed, but that doesn't save the overall lack of appeal of the listening experience. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2018]
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