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Bloomberg’s 10 Most Compelling Books to Put on Your Reading List This Spring

This definitive biography of Anna Wintour follows the steep climb of an ambitious young woman who would—with singular and legendary focus—become one of the most powerful people in media.

As a child, Anna Wintour was a tomboy with no apparent interest in clothing but, seduced by the miniskirts and bob haircuts of swinging 1960s London, she grew into a fashion-obsessed teenager. Her father, an influential newspaper editor, loomed large in her life, and once he decided she should become editor-in-chief of Vogue, she never looked back.

Impatient to start her career, she left high school and got a job at a trendy boutique in London—an experience that would be the first of many defeats. Undeterred, she found work in the competitive world of magazines, eventually embarking on a journey to New York and a battle to ascend, no matter who or what stood in her way. Once she was crowned editor-in-chief of Vogue—in one of the stormiest transitions in fashion magazine history—she continued the fight to retain her enviable position, ultimately rising to dominate all of Condé Nast.

Based on extensive interviews with Anna Wintour’s closest friends and collaborators, including some of the biggest names in fashion, journalist Amy Odell has crafted the most revealing portrait of Wintour ever published. Weaving Anna’s personal story into a larger narrative about the hierarchical dynamics of the fashion industry and the complex world of Condé Nast, Anna charts the relentless ambition of the woman who would become an icon.

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WONDERFUL, SPLENDID, I LOVED IT!!

Well written & beautifully narrated I loved entering Anna's world. What a great listen!!! Thank you for creating this for us!!

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Difficult to Complete--A Vicious Tyrannt!

I'm struggling through this painful biography. Ms. Wintour is impossible to everyone in her life. An ice queen and egotistical maniac--deserving of her horrible reputation.--I will continue with this book as long as I can endure. Buyer beware--I should've known better.

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Performance is Awful!!

I never leave reviews, but the truth is that the “performance” was so bad on this that I couldn’t even get 1/3 of the way through. Total snooze fest. Maybe it was the content, but the dull British accent does nothing for it at all. For THAT reason I am giving the story 3 stars, but who knows. I was bored to tears—and I love all things biography & documentary. Maybe it’s better in paper form, but this felt utterly exhausting and not at all what I was hoping for.

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Agree that the story is shallow and the performance awful.

Half way through and nothing of Anna’s personality or personal story comes through. The narration is grating - everything sounds like a punchline -⎌ridiculous for a serious biography. I always finish books but it will be a long haul for this one. Too bad, she must have a great story, but this book/performance is not doing it justice.

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Not the best narrator but good story

I didn’t like the narrator speed and at times “comments from interviewee’s voice”, but the story is good.

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The book's narrative feels restricted to firmly set parameters imposed by the subject. However, it is the compelling story of someone in the public eye who remains an enigma.

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Maybe it's just the narrator

How can you make such an interesting woman's life SO BORING!
Maybe it's just the narrator that ruined it. It's like listening to a middle school book report.

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Lifting the (symbolic) skirt of Vogue’s powerful editor

A workman-like but solid and well reported bio of Vogue’s powerful editor is not fully authorized but treats her more than fairly while slipping in her miscues, blunders, and cultural blindness at a time publishing and the world were undergoing massive changes. Anna Wintour (pronounced winter) is very much a reflection of her background growing up in England daughter of a Matabele newspaper editor as fashion shifted from the traditions of the past to the update heavens of the 50s and 70s and beyond. She rose to become the most powerful editor in western fashion and lived a royal life. She still does but times have changed and the world of publishing glossy magazines has has been turned on it’s head by the digital revolution, she created Ed the modern Met gala full of celebrity over indulgence and continues to rule over much of high fashion. But the arrival of jeans and more casual socialization has shrunk her dominance. For anyone obsessed with fashion or changes in publishing this is worth a listen.

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Imogen Church is brilliant.

Her cadences, inflections and narration put her among Audible’s best. I put her up there with Nadia May and Frederick Davidson. The book is fabulous and the narration
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fascinating for the fashionable

A through glimpse into the fascinating career of the one and only Anna Wintour.
And the narration was spot on.