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Publisher's Summary

From Brian Moylan, the writer of Vulture’s legendary Real Housewives recaps, a table-flipping, finger-pointing, halter-topping VIP journey through reality TV’s greatest saga....

In the spring of 2006, a new kind of show premiered on Bravo: The Real Housewives of Orange County. Its stars were tanned, taut, and bedazzled; their homes were echoey California villas; and their drama was gossip-fueled, wine-drenched, and absolutely exquisite. Fifteen seasons on, RHOC is an institution, along with The Real Housewives of New York, Atlanta, New Jersey, Miami, Potomac, and more. Over the years these ladies have done a lot more than lunch, launching thirty-one books, a cocktail line, two jail sentences, a couple supermodel daughters, Andy Cohen’s talk show career, 36 divorces, 14 albums, a White House party crash, and approximately one million memes.

Brian Moylan has been there through it all, in front of the screen and behind the scenes. The writer of Vulture’s beloved series recaps, he’s here to tell us the full story, from the inside scoop on every classic throwdown to the questions we’ve always wanted to know, like - what are the housewives really like off-camera? (The same.) How much money do they make? (Lots.) He has a lot to say about the legacy and fandom of a franchise that’s near and dear to his heart, and inextricable from pop culture today.

A must-have for any fan of real drama and fake [redacted], The Housewives is the definitive companion to an American TV treasure.

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"In The Housewives entertainment journalist and self-proclaimed Real Housewives anthropologist Moylan provides a complete history of the franchise, which thanks to interviews both on and off the record with members of the production team as well as current and former housewives is both painstakingly thorough and incredibly juicy...In the words of former Housewife Bethenny Frankel, Moylan truly “mentions it all.” (Booklist, starred review)

©2021 Brian Moylan, Zachary Wagman, and Meghan Houser (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Disappointed

There was some good info about the Housewives but then it got into some psychological analysis and rating analysis which didn’t really fit. I felt the book was confused as to what it was supposed to be imparting, or maybe it was just me. 😉

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  • Ryan Haran
  • 2021-05-28

No juice

All fluff, no juice. A summary of the history of reality television I could have easily found on the internet, but a chapter dedicated to that was just nonsense. Where’s the drama? The behind the scenes gossip? Was hoping there would be some insider info about what we didn’t see on Scary Island, or more about Dina leaving season 2 of RHONJ. Or even the legal troubles the Manzo boys and Giudices had while on a trip in season 3. This book was a snooze.

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  • Harry
  • 2021-05-29

He mentioned it all and made it nice.

As a lifelong Housewives fan I was unsure how much I would actually learn from this book, especially once I learned Bravo had tried to stop any Housewives from contributing, but I was pleasantly surprised.

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  • 2021-05-27

Mention it all, indeed.

Very well researched and has all the juicy details a fan could want. I really enjoyed.I also really enjoy Brian Moylan, though the performance/ reading is surprisingly choppy.

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  • Luscious NicoBella
  • 2021-05-25

Already Awful

This isn’t for me. I’m 30 minutes in and it’s really sounding like a gossip mag being read.

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  • Dani Loomis
  • 2021-05-30

Fun!

Overall, a fun listen; however, no real tea spilled that most fans of The Real Housewives don’t already know. I did enjoy hearing about the selection and production process though.

I saw another review stating that the narration was very choppy, it is, but, after the first couple of chapters, I found Brian’s affect most charming!

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  • Burke mom
  • 2021-07-05

Almost a textbook.

This book contained alot of TV history and not as much "gossip". Not what I was expecting. The narration is very tough to follow in places. He tends to run over words, speaking too quickly for an audio book. I really wanted to love this, and listened to all of it, but I wish I had passed.

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  • 2021-07-04

Wrong narrator

I’m all for self narrating a book, but this one is making it hard for me to listen. I’m an admitted stickler for diction. The dropping of the “t” in every word is like nails on a chalkboard. “Beh in cour” (Bettencourt) “cer en” (certain) “sa” (sat) “tha” (that). I’m sure it’s me, not you. I just can’t.

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  • Katie
  • 2021-06-23

The first 5 hours are wonderful

I listened to this book. I am an avid housewife fan. The first part of the book is so much behind-the-scenes goss and full of tidbits I was not aware of; plus memorable moments and the birth of the housewives franchises. Then somewhere around 3.5 hours left to go, Brian may have run out of the good stuff and starts talking about specific people who make housewife knick knack on etsy, and fan group dynamics and lost me completely. The first 4 hours are worth it if you are a fan.

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  • Angela Hunter
  • 2021-06-23

Delicious!

I loved this book! It was like chatting with a friend over drinks except Brian knows all the juicy stuff I never knew about my favorite housewives! It’s full of behind the scenes fun but also explained some of the history and structure of the shows. I also really appreciated the sociological and psychological analysis of WHY I love these shows so much! Thank you Brian for a great book!

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  • April Warford
  • 2021-08-30

Interesting info but irritating narration

I liked the "behind the scenes" info but almost couldn't finish because of the poor narration. The author/narrator seems to be reading with a sinus problem. As a result, his words are poorly pronounced and has the timber of a dentist's drill.