Sellevision - Audio CD - Unabridged Author:Augusten Burroughs, Robin Miles (Narrator) Welcome to the troubled world of Sellevision, America's premier retail broadcasting network. When Max Andrews, the much loved and handsome (AKA, lonely and gay) host of "Slumber Sunday Sundown" accidentally exposes himself in front of sixty million kids and their parents during a 'Toys for Tots' segment, Sellevision faces i... more »ts first big scandal. As Max fails to find a job in television, another host, the popular and perky Peggy Jean Smythe, is receiving sinister e-mails about her appearance from a stalker. Popping pills and drinking heavily, she fails to notice that her husband is spending a lot of time with the very young babysitter who lives next door. Then there's Leigh, whose affair with Sellevision boss Howard Toast is going nowhere until she exposes him on air; and Bebe, Sellevision's star host, who may find Mr. Right online if only she could stop her shopping addiction from taking over.
Read by Robin Miles. Unabridged: 6 audio discs (7 hr., 33 min.)« less
This was a very fast read for me. It was a bit predictable, but a fun book. You won't learn any life lessons here, folks, but you are sure to have a laugh or two. A little bit of a look into the "bottom rung" of being famous. Okay, I admit it, Peggy Jean cracked me up. She probably deserved what she got - yeah, I said it. There.
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Helpful Score: 5
Sellevision by Augusten Burroughs is a behind the scenes look into the lives of the quirky hosts at Sellevision, the premier home shopping network. Readers are introduced to Peggy Jean, the conservative Christian being stalked by a viewer; Max, fired for accidentally exposing himself on air; BeBe, the shining jewel in the network's crown, Trish, a rising star on the network; and Leigh, a young host sleeping with the boss. If only QVC was more like this book.
Sellevision is a fun book, though near the end the plot seems to have run out of steam. Much like the thrill one might get from buying a cheap bauble peddled on TV, the initial thrill of this book fades soon after reading.
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I loved this book when I read it. I love to listen to books in the car on my way to work or on road trips. My only problem with this audiobook was the person narrating...it wasn't the author and to me it felt like she was overacting the parts. The story was still just as funny as when I read it but I had to concentrate on not getting annoyed by the narrator.
I really liked this book! It was gravely funny! All of the characters were flawed. I felt so sorry for poor Peggy Jean! The affair between Nikki and John Smythe was totally disgusting. Also, I'm convinced Bebe and Eliot were in fact related, nasty! I'm glad Trish got what she deserved in the end. Great book! Great characters!
Burroughs is **hysterical**. This book is so over the top and I laughed my way through it. If you like his memoirs, you'll love this fictional version of shop TV that he creates. Each character is more unbelievable than the next, yet you believe they're out there. It's a soap opera in text. Brilliant.
This story is very funny. I had to turn on QVC and some of the other home shopping shows and watch for old time's sake and a laugh. The reader is excellent, and a comedian herself! What a great way to start my drive to work...laughing!
The first fictional tale in Augusten Burrough's repertoire (and his first book), "Sellevision" is a tongue-in-cheek look behind the scenes at a home shopping network. Rife with quirky characters and on-and-off-camera hijinks, "Sellevision" is a quick read, and a fun retreat from reality. I will never watch home shopping networks the same! Light and clearly written, this is an enjoyable audio book, but one you probably won't mind leaving on the beach after you've finished it.