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- Listening Length: 19 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 13, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003H2O900
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Oprah: A Biography Audiobook – Unabridged
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I don't know what her intentions were, and I am not sure going behind Oprah's back to hear relatives bad mouth her is so ethical, but I do think everyone should read this, not so that we can expose the real Oprah or to humiliate her, but so that we don't run the risk of worshiping people and becoming envious of who we think they are.
Oprah is still an amazing woman, and her last show has been informative, fun, off the beaten path and something to look forward to watching when it was on.
Her envy of beautiful white girls is something I think all of us share. Maybe just for a few minutes in our life would we like to experience that lightness and ability to be liked just for how we looked. Most of us also think these beautiful girls aren't bitter or depressed, so yes, I think it is a normal thing, and Kitty should not have pointed it out as being important and central to Oprah's motivation as a person.
Oprah is my age, and disappointingly, I have not accomplished anything I thought I would, and I came from a very decent home, not wealthy, not "Little House on the Prairie" type, but one of values, and fights, and real people who made efforts to be faithful and keep loving. Oprah's accomplishments could make me feel worthless, but I don't and am quite grateful for what I do have: a loving husband, three very human but wonderful children. My complaints about my parents, may they rest in peace, totally disappear, because I see that not everyone had what I had, a mother who really cared and was ready to fight for what she thought was best for us, a father who adored all of us, despite his flaws, and siblings who have a conscience and have never been complacent about their place int he world.
So Kitty's biography put my own life in perspective, and maybe she can do that for you.
This "tell all" was really no surprise to me. So you want to nitpick on her weight, on her confidential agreements, on her threats to sue if people talk bad about her, on her past-what may or may not be true, etc. From her being accessible to not.
In reality you cannot fault her. I mean even if she didn't play it off like she was the poorest of the poor in the south-she was still poor. Or are we disagreeing with that? Then she grew up, made a name for herself, and made millions and billions of dollars. All the while not only being female but a black female (regardless of what shade of black). I give credit where credit is due. She has earned every penny and even confidential agreement she has infront of her.
Does she use the cameras at the right time to promote her good deeds? Probably But who doesn't and does that mean she gets marks against her good will?
I'm far from an Oprah fanatic but give her more positives than negatives.
As far as Ms. Kelley-I give her credit for trying to write a book on a person who is pretty secretive about her life without very many people to be able to spill the beans. With that said-this book could have been reduced by quite a bit. A lot of it was repeated throughout the book.
Overall good, nothing new or shocking. I hope Oprah, herself, eventually writes a memoir or autobiography. I think her "rags to riches" story can give a lot of people inspiration.
I'm not sure if this was Kelly's intention, but by the end of the book, Kelly's continual smut-smearing campaign against Ms. O left me counting myself firmly on Team Oprah--if there was ever any doubt, which I guess there wasn't.
Sure, I've had my moments of adoration and disappointment with the queen of daytime television (James Frey indictment, Sarah Palin fiasco, George W. Bush, really???). But would I think any less of her because of all the garbage Kitty Kelly smeared on page after printed page?
Quite the opposite. I felt that this biography humanized Oprah. She has always had a larger than life public persona and this biopic tried to bring her down to size, but in the end all it proved is that Oprah will likely never stoop as low as Kitty Kelly, not even for ratings or a best selling book.
So I'm looking forward to the Kitty Kelly biopic. Who wants to write it?