Listening to Richard Wolffe, with his British accent, quote President Obama was a hoot! This being said, the book is a very serious, well-researched look at the insides of the White House. The author shows that a lot has been accomplished in a short period of time in the Obama Administration, despite being faced with heavy handed obstructionism. Wolffe is very good at in-depth coverage, like a professional journalist should be.
I listened to this book as I performed tedious, non-thinking work, but I could have better used the listening time for more worthwhile books. I felt that this book badly needed a good editor. It was chock full of cynical similes and negative descriptive words on top of meandering "stream of consciousness" narrative. The latter was "justified" in the last few minutes by the explanation of the story's having been written from a meticulous journal kept by the protagonist. The book seemed like endless word dropping (and drug and dope dropping) that expressed the author's belief that she knew a lot. However, at the end when she was expounding on her philosophy of life, she seemed rather confused and pretty muddled in what she was trying to express, much like the preaching of a young person who thinks he alone has just discovered the meaning of life. This book wasn't for me.
I plan on listening to Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century
The performance was excellent. Pittu changed voice flawlessly and read with good expression. However, there were many passages that even Pittu's vigor could not raise above tedium.
I think this book appeals to younger people who especially associate strongly with the New York ambiance. It also may appeal to gallery goers. I enjoy art and like learning about great work, but this book, while spending a lot of time on the inner appreciation of great art, bored me with its expounding on the subjective "understanding" of the works.
It is possible that there is good material in these lessons, but I found the appalling accent of the leading lady was a real turn off...literally.
The accent was a very flat American. It sounded like someone who wanted to impress more with speed and street Spanish than someone who would like to converse with natives and show them respect by treating their language with respect.
The other part that grated on my ears was the giggling in the background while talking with another member of the cast about something not important to the lessons.
Do not waste money on this audiobook.
I started this book before a trip to India and finished it afterwards. It was so full of information, that I wish I had read it TWICE before I left. This book really opened my eyes to the greatness of the Indian people, and this made my trip a truly memorable experience.
If the author had written a 10 page periodical article, the work would have been just as substantial, and much of the repetition would have been omitted. It seemed that the basic premise, women should be compensated for care-giving, was rehashed ad nausium without specifics of how it should be done. Under "care-giving" the author lumped all sorts of underpaid "women's work", but mostly focused on child rearing and elderly care. Since the specifics of enacting [monetary] compensation were lacking, the very long work seemed like a feminist manefesto without a defined cause. The topics the author touched upon have potential to be thought provoking, particularly in times of economic downturn, but this book did not rise to the call.
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