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  • The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives
  • Written by: Brian Moylan
  • Narrated by: Brian Moylan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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The Housewives

Written by: Brian Moylan
Narrated by: Brian Moylan
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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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Interesting content but don’t get the audiobook

I really enjoyed the content of the book, especially the details about Andy Cohen’s involvement and how Bravo tried to blacklist the author. It’s well written and I like how Brain incorporated his personal connection to bravo. Those of us who love Bravo often have a deeply personal experience as to why. My criticism lies only in the books narration. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, not always by professional orators and this was the first one I found difficult to complete. He frequently stumbles over his words and after listening to his voice for hours, it can only be described as grating. I mean this with all due respect and sincerity, next time he should hire a professional to narrate the audiobook.

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