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My Life Audiobook

My Life

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Bill Clinton built his political career by explaining, persuading, and building rapport. He did it with world leaders, politicians, and the American people. He does it here, building a bond with listeners as he shares his perspective on the past 50 years of history - his and the country's. We've chosen the abridged edition over the unabridged, because hearing Clinton's give voice to his own story is a unique experience. His well known grasp of details and his charm come across in every chapter. —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House.

President Clinton's audiobook is also the most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right and how he survived and prevailed.

It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:

  • The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign
  • The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole
  • The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidency

    Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice.

    ©2004 Bill Clinton; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

  • What the Critics Say

    • Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year, 2005
    • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2004

    "My Life is, by a generous measure, the richest American presidential autobiography, no other book tells us as vividly or fully what it is like to be president of the United States for eight years." (The New York Times Book Review)

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      zman Baltimore 10-09-07
      zman Baltimore 10-09-07 Member Since 2016
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      "Not much info."

      I did not find any takeaway's from this book. I did enjoy listening to it because it was Clinton's voice.

      0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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      Daniel Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 10-11-04
      Daniel Mount Pleasant, SC, USA 10-11-04
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      "Yeah, Right"

      This book epitomizes Clinton's warped view of himself and the world and, like during his presidency, he does not take responsibility for any of his actions except those that make him look good.

      10 of 54 people found this review helpful
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      James USA 08-12-04
      James USA 08-12-04
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      "LBJ meets JFK"

      Clinton always seemed like a mixture of the worst traits of LBJ and JFK. But I have to say, he really is persuasive. You almost start to believe this stuff as you listen to his excellent narration. I give it one star on that account. But this is a celebrity expos?, not a real biography. Just as he fell short of the office he occupied, he falls short as an historian. There's no "there" there. The real Clinton will only emerge many decades from now when an absolutely fair minded historian digs up all the bones and puts them back together.

      11 of 60 people found this review helpful
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      Diane joliet, IL, USA 02-23-05
      Diane joliet, IL, USA 02-23-05 Member Since 2015
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      "The Dog Ate My Homework"

      I have to admit, I wasn't a big fan of this former president. I just didn't get him, I mean... a picture of Elvis on the airplane? But after listening to this book, I have gotten to see him better and have decided that I was right. I don't get him. I tend to be drawn to biographies of people who have received public attention. Those we hear of and have formed strong opinions about. It is always fascinating to listen to a person describe their own strengths and weaknesses. The reason they write their biography is usually to take me into a side of their life I might not have seen and facts I might not have been privileged to. I really wanted to understand this man and the truths of his thought process and the whole Monica thing. Unfortunately, his book reveals him as a whiner and excuse maker. I did get a better sense of what he wanted to accomplish. The trouble is that he didn't do it. He didn't seem to give any good reason for the failure, except the press wouldn't listen to me. Isn't that akin to "The dog ate my homework"? I wasn't aware he had attended such prestigious schools; he doesn't seem to use those skills in public speaking situations. I got the impression that a major portion of the work was from a ghost writer. As a biography it did its job I think, showed me the man as he wanted to be remembered. It just a shame that the man didn't have more to make him memorable.

      3 of 20 people found this review helpful
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      Michael 06-29-04
      Michael 06-29-04
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      "Have your own inappropriate encounter with Bill"

      An example of autobiography in the worst form: a tale told by a man still hoping to be a player, in every meaning of the word. Nothing is candid, everything calculated. Those who mindlessly worshiped our worst modern president will be satisfied with his shallow attempts at self-analysis (as in, he jumped Monica "because I could"). But for anyone hoping to learn something new or get a deeper understanding of the man, rest assured that there's nothing new here. Don't waste your time.

      25 of 146 people found this review helpful
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      Larry C Miller 07-20-04 Listener Since 2001
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      "I got sucked into this one!"

      I wish I had invested my time more wisely, like watching a days worth of animated cartoons. I am sure I would of found more profound thought and less fiction that way. Well, one more reader sucked in by the glowing news and reviews of our great television age. At least I know what to do if I ever run out of paper in one of my favorite reading rooms, because I definitely will not be reading this one twice.

      Larry Miller, AZ

      3 of 25 people found this review helpful
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      Richard Springfield, IL, USA 07-29-04
      Richard Springfield, IL, USA 07-29-04
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      "Ideotic"

      Typicla Clinton. He brings up subjects to sell books but, as a typical politition, never truthfully answers them. Good effort if you love the political mind. Poor if you thought you would get REAL answers.

      4 of 35 people found this review helpful

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