Condoleezza Rice is one of the most intelligent and influential women in history, and this interview is something I could listen to 1,000 times over. The Bush Administration, in the 7 months they were in office before 9/11, did what they could with the information they were given, in the way it was given. Clearly after 8 years of neglect, the FBI and CIA had serious structural issues that could not be resolved in a heartbeat, although Rice does not point fingers, showing moral superiority to those around her. Personally, rather than blame someone in office for 7 months for not fixing an intelligence problem, I'm asking why it wasn't repaired or even addressed in the 8 years previous? What was going on that this wasn't an issue, then, as well? How could anything be more serious then national security? Anyway, Rice answers questions candidly and in depth, facing many rude people and questions that were not really questions (mostly politically or professionally motivated statements) with dignity and clarity, to the chagrin of her "opponents". After listening to her testimony, only the truly intellectually-challenged people could find fault in her actions, or the actions of the Bush Administration.
Missing the newspaper has been hard, recently, so I was delighted to find an audible subscription to the WSJ. I have enjoyed over twenty of their books, now, and am very happy with this offering.
Highlights: Weekend edition, discussing wine, travel and restaurant cuisine. The marketplace, summing up the best and worst of the previous day. Some of the front page article choices. Also, the readers have amazing voices. I would use the terms exciting and relaxing to describe them, while avoiding insighting stress (pretty hard) or boredom.
Worst: Editorial. In the hour or so I am able to enjoy the WSJ on audible in the morning, I am more interested in events and news coverage, rather than someone elses opinion. What about just reading the brief synapses on the front page to help out those of use who truly listen to this for the news?
As a veteran of Audible, I enjoy listening to two to three books a month, if not more. After reading other reviews, I was excited for this book. However, it was a big disappointment, and could not keep my attention for more than a sentence or two. The narrators voice made me sleepy and lethargic, and more than once I had to review sections that I had just heard, but not LISTENED to because the book lost my focus. The monotonous droning about the many indistinguishable characters on a non-existent plot were more than I could bear. I didn't finish it.
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