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Michael

Seattle, WA, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Legacy Rehabilitation: The Book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be more appreciated by those who did not feel so disappointed in and disrespected by the Bush Administration.


    What was most disappointing about George W. Bush’s story?

    His lack of serious introspection and his failure to address the core failures of his presidency was supremely disappointing. This book is a missed opportunity. He only cops to minor sort of surface failures - his chapter on Katrina is incredibly obtuse. He claims the principle failures were the failure to deploy troops just a little faster and some minor public relations missteps. I don't know why I was expecting, from this man, a deeper self-analysis of a defining moment of his presidency than this, but I really was.

    Another problem of the book is the score-settling he includes, often in glib little asides and often somewhat hypocritically. For example, he criticizes the campaign strategies of Al Gore and John Kerry, but has nothing but praise for Karl Rove and Lee Atwater. Seriously, that's hysterical. He should do stand-up.

    A real missed opportunity for a surprisingly thoughtful-seeming man to reckon with his presidency's complex legacy.


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    McLarty is a great narrator. George W. Bush has a distinct way of speaking and there are many types of narrators who would have been either too formal in their speech or would have gone overboard into caricature. McLarty strikes a great balance - a vaguely Texan accent but not an imitation. You could almost close your eyes and imagine G.W.B. was doing the talking himself.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It's certainly compelling and engaging. It's hard to put down once you've started listening, because he's really addressing some very important moments in our recent history. And he comes across as surprisingly endearing for large portions of the book.


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  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (477)

    Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

    Louise says: "excellent reading"
    "Very well done"
    Overall

    I found the text of the book very hard to maintain interest in but this audiobook production was excellently performed and executed. The actress who reads was delightful and enthusiastic. High quality!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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