Never a fan of George W's, nor any of the Bushes for that matter, I really enjoyed this book! The narrator is excellent, and in my opinion, was able to capture the very essence of each character! You can "see" Barbara, as she reigns supreme over her unruly clan. Laura is a truly remarkable woman, who should be nominated for sainthood, and, like him or not, no one can deny George W's incredible tenacity.
It really doesn't matter how much of this story is fact or fiction...although from the many books I've read about this dynasty, there's a lot of truth here.
First of all, I'm always impressed when a male author can write so well in a woman's voice. This book also presents a plausible picture of what it might have been like being the wife of a well-known, recent president and also a believable characterization of the personality of that president. I felt like Sittenfeld did some thorough research and created a really believable story. For my taste though, there was a little too much graphic sex ... athough some might argue that it was important in establishing the nature of both the husband and the wife.
I so enjoyed this book. Sittenfeld has done an amazing job creating the characters, especially Alice. The story is unflinchingly honest and I got totally pulled into the world the author creates: the family, the struggles of this woman as a wife and mother. What a treat to read a story, and to get to know a character, so fully developed as this.
Very good story. Would recommend even to people like myself who are not a shrub fan.
This book is a testament to poor taste. Although written as a work of fiction, there are definite parallels to the life of Laura Bush, which the author readily admits. Political biases aside, the crudeness of the content was unnecessary and geared toward the interests of those who like a trashy read.
This was my first audio book, I had thought that I might have a problem concentrating on listening. This book was so good I didn't want to remove the earplugs. Entertaining, timely and a wonderful insight into what a first lady's life might be like. It really prompts one to think about privacy issues.
The 'American Wife' is a cardboard character--very two-dimentional. Also, I don't need to hear that our president was 'pumping inside her.' These are details not necessary to the story at all and not how I want to think about the leader of our country.
I loved this book; it was so well written and so interesting. Even if I did not know who it was modeled after, the story would have been interesting anyway. I was very impressed and it was nice to make a good choice. The narrator was great too.
Curtis Sittenfeld is an extremely talented writer. There is an honesty and an accessibility to her writing that is rare and delightful. The last section of the book was light on plot, but still enjoyable. Overall, I totally recommend. Don't worry about the politics of it. It's a story about people.
I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !
It takes about two chapter to realize who this book is directed towards. The author can't wait to give you a CLUE in the prologue.
It saddens me that poetic license is taken on public figures, and the opinions...and they are only author opinions....are forced down the throats of the readers. The beginning sexual behavior the author conjured up to be behavior of a future first lady was appalling.
The saddest part......this author is capable of telling a good story and she could have chosen her subject with more descretion; and entertained
instead of using her creative license....to promote her personal vendettas.
I would not recommend this writer to anyone.