Burlington, Vermont, United States | Member Since 2013
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 grew up listening to these stories. My mother would buy these taps and play them in the car and I would listen to them on long car rides. Today, I still listen to them again and again -- and I'm very glad that Audible has them in such great condition.
The BBC did not cut corners with these productions. Professional actors on stage, screen or radio often frequent the casts. The stories are very faithful to Doyle's work. Frankly, I feel that Merrison (despite not being able to see him) is the quintessential Holmes and Williams is the perfect Watson (wise, romantic, friendly and sharp).
Like all of these productions - they are entertaining, fun and interesting to listen to. It truly feels like you are right there with Holmes and Watson in the room -- and are along for the ride. I highly recommend these stories.
I have been listening to the stories since I was young when my mom would play these in the car on long car rides for us. The acting and the speech is superb. Furthermore, I feel strongly that they were able to capture the true essence of the stories. What I think brings this together so well or not only the voice acting by Clive Merrison and the late Michael Williams but also the amazing sound effects an atmosphere that they built. It truly feels like you're hearing something in the next room. It met all of my expectations and I think the most memorable moment from this particular audio was The Speckled Band, which is probably my favorite story of all of them.
What I like about Louise Penny's books is that you can pick up any of them and not be required to backtrack all your way to another book to find out why a character did what he or she did. The Beautiful Mystery fits into this vain. A well written and well thought out book -- it is narrated by Ralph Cosham and it does not dissapoint. The descriptions are vivid, the narration is profound and the focus and emphasis on the characters is truly magical. It is a great book that celebrates Quebec while also delves deep into characters that are flawed, broken and in need of healing. The mystery, however, is the crown jewel; unique, down to earth and truly mesmerizing. It is an excellent listen.
I had high hopes for this book but was greatly towards the halfway point of the book. It was very much divorced from Bram Stoker. What I would have liked was journal and letter entries from the characters as Stoker originally wrote. Furthermore, I truly did not like the story. It was unnecessarily gory, it was not in the same vain as the original and the characters were not believable. I felt that this was a sequel to the film, Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1991. None of it made any sense and the authors take on the original story was not what I expected. I forced myself to finish it. It was just not that good and I wasn't happy with my decision to download it. Just not good writing although the performance by Simon Prebble was very well done. By the way, ending...was god awful.
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.
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.
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