Amanda Wakes Up

  • by Alisyn Camerota
  • Narrated by Lu Hanessian, Alisyn Camerota
  • 11 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Devil Wears Prada meets Primary Colors in this wickedly funny debut novel about a bootstrapping young reporter who lands a plum job at a big-time cable news station and finds her ambitions and her love life turned upside down.
"A hilarious, eye-opening glimpse into the TV-news trenches, from one who's had to navigate them backwards and in heels." (Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and author of I Know I Am, but What Are You?)
When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News - the coveted morning anchor slot - she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, a wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. Amanda Wakes Up takes off as Amanda feels for the first time that she can make her mom and her best friend proud and think about an actual future with her boyfriend, Charlie. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse - battling for hair and makeup time, coping with her sexist (but scathingly handsome) coanchor, Rob, mixing up the headlines with pajama modeling on the street, and showing Benji Diggs, her media maestro boss, that she's got what it takes.
As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda's pressure-cooker job gets hotter and her personal life unravels. Walking a knife's edge between ambition and survival, and about to break the biggest story of her career, Amanda must decide what she's willing to give up to get ahead - and what she needs to hold on to to save herself.

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Absolutely Bait and Switch

Are. You. Kidding. Me?!

What is billed as a light-hearted romp - a "Devil Wears Prada meets Primary Colors" - turned out to be an unrelenting screed of opinions and positions on flashpoint social issues such as abortion and funding Planned Parenthood, global warming, gun control, political correctness, etc, etc.

Let me be clear: It is not necessarily the issues themselves that are a problem - they're not - but the fact that *this is not what I signed up for* when I expended a precious credit for what I'd expected would be an entertaining read. As a journalist, myself, I was hoping to be entertained by newsroom shenanigans, not sucker-punched with the author's political agendas.
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- Summer Layne

Great read !

Listening to the story of Amanda Wakes Up was greatly enhanced by the wonderful read of Lu Hanessian.
Her ability to move between 30 some characters was a challenge that kept me listening and in awe of her ability to shift between multiple characters during fast-moving dialogue.
The story was fun and Hanessian's read made it that much better. From a make up artist with a heavy New York accent to a Jewish Diamond merchant to the frenetic Benji Diggs, Hanessian's talents come to life in animating Alison Camerota's colorful cast of characters.
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- David Kepron

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-25-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio