Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Barbra Streisand’s Audio Version of 992 Page Memoir — Coming Tuesday — is 48 Hours, 15 Minutes Long


And she doesn’t sing a word of it.

Barbra Streisand’s “My Name is Barbra” drops on Tuesday. It’s 992 pages long.

So how long is the Audible audio version?

Forty eight — yes 48 hours — and 15 minutes. Binge listening would require two solid days.

As Broadway star Michael Urie quipped on Twitter, “I could have done it in 30.”

So far “My Name is Barbra” has not gotten a lot of publicity. Vanity Fair excerpted a piece about Robert Redford and “The Way We Were.” Only one tantalizing anecdote has made the rounds, about Marlon Brando propositioning Streisand when she was married to Elliot Gould.

Otherwise, I’m told the book is short on juice and long on philosophy. That doesn’t seem possible given its length. But there are no review copies so far, so we don’t know.

What I hope for is Barbra telling like it was about dealing with the movie studios, how the films she directed were developed, how the records were made, and so on.

And no she doesn’t sing on those 48 hours. But her speaking voice will be mellifluous!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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