Burlington, Vermont, United States | Member Since 2012
This was just a fun read to listen to. Very short and sweet (maybe too short) but I liked how the story was narrated and I felt like I was being told something confidential. It was just something fun to listen to after the election was complete.
How I felt like I was a "fly on the wall."
The campaign staff
The end when all hell was breaking loose.
When Jon Allen writes something like this, I certainly will pick it up and read it. Both Allen and Parnes have written an engrossing, fun and provocative look of Hillary Clinton and the very foundation of Hillaryland. The book dives into not just her incredible evolution of candidate to stateswoman but also the evolution of her operation and her views. I supported Hillary in 2008 and this book cemented my view in her ability to lead, to evolve, to be transformational and a leader not just here in America but across the globe.
In addition, this book does provide some juicy tidbits and red meat for political junkies. I came to dislike the operation that Hillary had in 2008 and appreciated the book diving into what "Hillary 2.0" would look like. It also takes an honest look at her record as Secretary of State.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was well performed and gave a frank, honest and astute look at Hillary Clinton. I would recommend this book to any political junkie or informed voter.
I previously read Dan Balz's book on the same subject but found Double Down to be much more researched and took you into the backrooms and dealings of each of the campaigns. I felt that this book allowed us to get a better idea of not just the candidates but also the players in each campaign and outside of the campaign. There were some very funny moments and some human moments, as well. Robert Fass speaks well.
If you want more juicy details, I would go with this book over Balz's book.
After reading Leibovich's book, I came away with a pretty different view of Washington. I dislike it even more. However, this was just a fun book to listen to. Barrett is a gifted story teller and I had several instances of out loud laughter at some of the antics of the people that run our country right now from the lobbyists to the Beltway Club to the White House. This covers it all and doesn't spare anyone. There is some overlap here with Game Change and Collision 2012 but only towards the end. There is significant emphasis on the journalism crowd as well as Hill staffers and the "wanna-be's" of Washington.
However, it's just fun. It was somewhat slow for me to get into but I became more interested in the middle of the book. The piece on Harry Reid was very insightful but would have wanted more on Hillary and Obama.
Regardless, it was fun.
I eagerly pursued this book. It was able to shine light into several corners of the campaign that I didn't know about and helped bring a lot of pieces together. I think that if you want to have a solid executive overview of the campaign and how it all went down -- this is what you want to read.
However, if you want to read about all the pettiness and the muckraking -- I would recommend you read Game Change, which is what I am going to read next. That covers more about the personal relationships and dynamics of the race. This was a fun read but I am finding Game Change to be more entertaining and fun.
Kafer reads well and has a great voice. Balz has written a solid and definitive addition for the campaign war books which belong on any political junkie's bookshelf or, in this case, audio library.
I truly wanted to like this book. Kate Reading did a great job performing the text but the text itself was fairly poor. I felt that this book focused more on Ghattas than about Clinton.I was looking for something more about Clinton's focus on policy and her relationship(s) within the State Department, the White House and across the world. Instead, I felt that the book was more about Ghettas and her experiences and Clinton was more of a backdrop and convenient cover to promote herself by using her close proximity to Clinton as a BBC Reporter. Towards the end of the audiobook, I was really looking for it to end.
If Ghattas focused more on the actual foreign policy and on Clinton herself then I would have enjoyed this audiobook much more.
The narrator provided a very strong and simple tone in her reading. Moreover, the text was very compelling listening. Snowe writes candidly about what is truly wrong in Washington and goes to great lengths to highlight those issues. The narrator does a great job underlining key points and getting the overall point across that Snowe is conveying.
Olympia Snowe (one of my favorite Senators) is one of the last, true bipartisan leaders in the Congress. She hits the nail on the head on numerous issues and offers concrete solutions to problems that the Congress is facing.
Snowe pulls no punches and points out the flaws and fallacies of the Senate; the lack of cooperation and what the reasons behind that lack of cooperation are tied to. She's plain spoken and Pam Ward (the narrator) does a bang up job telling the story which is as much about Snowe's own adventures in public service than ideas on fixing Congress.
It's a great listen with great stories and some funny foibles, as well.
I would listen to it again on a car ride. It is very engrossing and very interesting to read. I was a history major in college so I really eat this stuff up. If you love medieval history and how it blends with literature -- you will enjoy this.
Because the book is told from "different perspectives," it also adds a different yet memorable quality to it. Listening to this as well as the very popular Dracula audiobook featuring Simon Vance and Tim Curry is a good coupling.
The end was very memorable and seemed to give the perception that the story still has more telling.
However, I loved hearing the backstory of Professor Rossi and his times in Istanbul and at University. That was pretty creepy and memorable.
Very good elocution. I especially liked the Rossi character.
I really liked Turgat, the Turkish professor and expert on Shakespear who joins the quest. Very memorable character.
This audiobook was something that I truly looked forward to everyday. It was superbly narrated with a clear sound quality. Ironically, I completed the book on Lincoln's birthday. Wonderfully narrated and crystal clear.
The narrator takes time to differentiate the different historical characters "voices" so you know who is talking at all times. I also liked how it was unabridged. I prefer my books to be complete.
William Stanton, the Secretary of War under Lincoln. She was able to capture the gruff and amazing character of this man that I knew very little about.
They already made a film about this book and it was fantastic!
This audio book would be ideal for long car rides, commutes to work or going to the gym.
Individual actors portray the characters and read from their respective character excerpts -- providing a rich and colorful storyline.
Jonathan Harker's Diary -- the beginning of the book captures you.
A rich and colorful language and deeply well read
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