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Summary

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company. She survives the politics, the intrigue and the attempts to derail her by a simple stratagem: succeeding.

In the face of rampant skepticism, she triumphantly reinvents a failing magazine. Here are the inside stories of Vanity Fair scoops and covers that sold millions - the Reagan kiss, the meltdown of Princess Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the sensational Annie Leibovitz cover of a gloriously pregnant, naked Demi Moore.

In the diary's cinematic story, the drama, the comedy, and the struggle of running an 'it' magazine come to life. Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries is also a woman's journey, of making a home in a new country and of the deep bonds with her husband, their prematurely born son and their daughter. Astute, open-hearted, often riotously funny, Tina Brown's The Vanity Fair Diaries is a compulsively fascinating and intimate chronicle of a woman's life in a glittering era.

©2017 Tina Brown (P)2017 Macmillian US

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  • Mark
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  • 07-02-18

Brilliant, spiky and surprisingly warm

A tour de force memoir from the leading lady of magazine journalism’s triumphant golden age

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  • JJ
  • 07-01-18

Excellent

An excellent insight into editing, society and celebrity. I absolutely loved it. Very well written and no holding back, funny, moving and I could not stop listening.

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Get me a time machine..I'm heading back to the 80s

Would you listen to The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 again? Why?

Yes, I missed some of the characters who are referred to time and again

Who was your favorite character and why?

S.I.Newhouse and his gentle unpredictability

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

It had to be read by Tina Brown but, she started to drive me mad two-thirds of the way through

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

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This should be such an engaging book but it fails IMO
The story is too long ago - too much time has elapsed and many of the celebrities referred to haven’t lasted in people’s memory.
The style is very jumpy and doesn’t flow
I didn’t find Brown to be a likable character
Her voice! - it’s very very difficult to listen to her unfortunately. She speaks too quickly and I felt like I was being preached at
One to miss

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Wonderful audio book

Where does The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks very highly

What did you like best about this story?

Authentic, or at least appears so.

What does Tina Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Makes it real

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Entertaining

Any additional comments?

Audiobooks may be the future of publishing

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Amazing account of an incredible time

If you lived through these times this will bring back vivid memories and a personal angle on what it was like at the centre of the excess. Love her commentary and astonishing drive and ambition. If you are in your 30s it will be hard to imagine this can be real.

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Loved this

Gobbled this up so quickly I started to talk in Tina Brown’s voice?! So great

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Really don’t waste your time or money......

This is a pointless narrative about pointless people who are not relevant now and other than Donald Trump and Jackie Kennedy were probably not that relevant then. Tina Brown may have been capable at what she did in the magazine publishing world (and I’m a great fan of Vanity Fair especially at the time Ms Brown was publishing it) but she has definitely overstretched herself in this genre. I’m afraid she is boringly wordy (think a talentless Thomas Hardy) and talks about totally irrelevant people who have only names and net worth attached to them but no character (except Jackie Kennedy Onassis whom she draws surprisingly well). Her overriding ego for herself and her husband is the permanent narrative and to be fair they are not appealing at any level as characters and really I did not understand why we as readers/listeners were subjected to their family and children of whom bring nothing to the story of ‘Vanity Fair’ as a publication. This is a mediocre literally exercise
which I would have no hesitation in not recommending at all. In fact I would say if this is your thing then go with the Alexandra Schulman Vogue diaries instead-it’s still not brilliant but it’s head and shoulders above this disappointing rubbish.

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Narration by author spoiled this book

Narration too fast and frantic. Can’t make out some of the words as they are gabbled manically and it gets faster and faster until you think you’re going to fall off the edge of wherever the narrator is leading you. Had to give up at chapter 2. Spoilt my enjoyment completely and not a cheap purchase. Dreadful. Can’t believe nobody at the publishing dept has noticed this.

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