This is a candid view of Bill Clinton's life; not only personal, but an honest account of his time in office. This makes our political system look like a 3 ring circus that the parties (Republican) turn our government into.
It is also great that he is reading it.....it is after all his story. I loved it!!!!
The narration was wonderful. At first I was disappointed that it was not read by Clinton himself but after 20 minutes it was so easy to get lost in Beck's reading that I almost forgot what Bill Clinton sounds like.
The book is long and I see some reviews complain about that. I found every bit of it interesting and I feel I have a much greater understanding of how American politics work, and I like the vision Clinton had for the US and its role in the world. I liked that he tried to provide a unified view of his life and how it all comes together, including his interesting childhood. I can't help believing he is quite sincere and liking him.
The bits about international relations where particularly interesting to me. Clinton can provide unique insight into how that works, and talks at length about the Israel-Palestine conflict in a way that makes it much more concrete, including how leaders' personalities influence the process.
One criticism I had is that I think he minced words too much about his sex scandals. It would be important to hear the true story of all that, but especially on the first ones back in Arkansas, he doesn't give details and only talks about "not having had a perfect life". I don't say that out of curiosity for salacious details, but because this is so central in how people think about Bill Clinton and how it would provide a better window into his personality and life.
The narrator's performance is great, places emphasis on the right places and made me enjoy the Southern American accent quite a bit.
This presidential (auto)biography does what most (sadly) don't: tells you about more than just their presidency. Many presidential biographies tell you very little about their pre-presidency, and so aren't as informative as they could be, especially if you know a lot about American history already. This prevents you from really understanding how the person ticks and why he thinks the way he does. Though I already knew a lot about his presidency, I did learn a lot about it from this book as well. It does a good job at filling in many of the gaps, and clarifying what was unclear.
If you have ever wondered what it's like to be President of the United States--read this book. Although it takes a long time to wade through it, it's worth the trip. Narrator made me forget I wasn't listening to the Author.
I may think he was a good President but Clinton can simply go on too long sometimes. I was reminded on his convention speech where the crowd rose up because he went on too long.
At times I wished I had gone for the abridge version, but am glad I choose this version. The book offers interesting incite in to one of the centuries most polarizing figures. It is somewhat self severing, but what autobiography isn't? I would have given it a 4, but narrator Michael Beck's otherwise excellent reading had me screaming at my iPod every time he massacred the names of major figures of the American political scene.
I was amazed at how open and honest he is about his parents' problems and about how much the draft weighed on him. I'm not even halfway through it and I think it's the best audio book I've ever listened to.