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  • Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Chris Matthews
    • Narrated By Chris Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    They were the political odd couple - the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who "couldn't be more different or more the same." For six years, Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Reagan and Speaker of the House O’Neill. Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice.

    Brad says: "Great Story!"
    "I didn't want it to end"
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    Where does Tip and the Gipper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's up there.


    Have you listened to any of Chris Matthews’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book by Chris Matthew's I've read. I am an avid watcher of Hardball and have followed Chris for more years than I care to remember. His constant interruption of his guest just irks me to no end. I have to admit he has improved his manners.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was reluctant to purchase this audiobook because it was read by the author. However, listening to the sample changed my mind and I purchased it. What a treat. Chris didn't miss a beat and kept me up for hours listening. I listening to the book in two settings.

    I found myself envious of Chris' life. From Africa to the halls of power and sometimes the man behind the man. I kind of understand why he interrupts his guest so often. He just doesn't have the time nor the patience for the bullshit.

    I found myself at times emotionally drained. Like I was there in the room when it all went down. A fly on the wall so to speak. I was totally drawn into the story. I found myself comparing the past with the present situation going on now in the congress. This book should be required reading for all of congress.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (568)
    Story
    (572)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "This book just "blew me away""
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richard Nixon was my favorite character because of the influence he had on all the presidents after his resignation up to and including Bill Clinton.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Walter – was your favorite?

    He was outstanding portraying all the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found myself laughing out loud and weeping all through the book. It just drove my two dogs crazy.


    Any additional comments?

    I am 66 years old, have always been interested in politics, and a news junkie but nothing you thought you ever knew can prepare you for the revelations in this book. It's one of those "I didn't even know that I didn't know" kind of things. "The President's Club" will blow your mind and you will come away with a new respect for the President be they Republican or Democrat.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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