©2004 William Jefferson Clinton; (P)2004 Random House Audiobooks
"Clinton's legendary charisma shines through in his reading, making this audiobook a rare treat." (Publishers Weekly)
"Bill Clinton's reading of My Life is the perfect way to experience the former president's voluminous memoir....Always a compelling, articulate speaker, Clinton is in his element." (AudioFile)
Its a good book and Clinton reading it in own person makes it more real and interesting to listen to. I would have liked Clinton to go further into detail on some issues like the peace-talking in Middle East and the Monica Lewinsky matter. You can feel his frustration at the end of his presidency when the Democrats lost to the Republicans in the presidential election and the votes in Florida were ruled out of favor to the Democrats.
Overall a good book to listen to, an easier listen than a read.
I listen to my audio books on my commute to and from work. This is one of the few books that i finished in back to back listens.
The book is all the more listenable as it is read by Clinton himself. The first part of his book is about his childhood and also the relationships within his own family, grandparents, mother, step father. While he claims he had a wonderful childhood, he doesnt hesitate to discuss the troubled parts either. I am from India and it is not common for our contemporary leaders to talk about as openly about the unvarnished parts of their personal lives.
Some topics tend to dominate the reading
-his not taking part in the vietnam war - and long justification and rationalisation of this
-his multiple legal tangles - whitewater, paula jones, ken starr etc
-the "uncooperative" republican party and especially newt gingrich
There is less said about the economy and his views regarding America's economic future (Clintons presidency saw multiple years with surplus budgets ), China , or radical fundamentalism.
I am unsure of the value of this book to an American, i found it a worthwhile listen for someone outside but interested.
I was disappointed not to find an unabridged version. I still purchased the abridged version but am still disappointed. However, having Bill Clinton narrate the book is great.
I Liked It
Bearing in mind this is an abridged book, it has facts and figures that may mean nothing unless your well versed in American politics. If you read other books against Bill then his book will leave you feeling he hasn't mentioned the darker side of his political life.
I read Tony Blair's and Dick Cheney's book. They give a very interesting story. Bill didn't do justice to the details. For instance how did the Arafat and Rabin meeting go? What were the interesting things? When be heard his Embassy in Tanzania had been bombed, what did he do first? Those details are missing in his book.
"Those Damn Republicans."
I listens to this book mostly while travelling by train from France to England. My biggest complaint was that President Clintons soothing southern voice soon left me catching Zzzzz's.
I persevered though, re listening to certain chapters and found it a fascinating insight into the man. I was particularly enthralled to hear the sad tale about his father dying before he was born, his tough upbringing and his time in Oxford.
I would have liked to hear more of the Oxford tutor who referenced "king of some province and two dogs" (or something similar).
"Missed large chunks"
Considerable parts of the paperback version were missing in the Audiobook, skipping various key parts of the administration
for example; Somalia crisis
"Was this the man all admired?"
I have long admired Bill Clinton but was a bit disappointed by the man who came over in the book. Not many people shone though in any death Othman the author though many must have deserved greater treatment. Hillary could have been given more detail to round out the Clinton personality.
The relentless venom of the Republican opposition to Cinton and his success in the face of it!!!
No, but I well might.
"Slightly overlong but interesting"
I found this book interesting and imagine that anyone with an interest in politics would also do. It is slightly overlong, and the first half seems particularly slow-going. It becomes a more interesting narrative in the second half once Clinton has entered politics.
There are some slightly "cheesy" lines, as all autobiographies do to some extent, which I questioned whether they were really felt at the time or added for increased effect upon the reflection of the author on his life ("I sometimes question the sanity of my existence", "a man is more than the sum of the things he can do" etc).
But overall an interesting insight into the life of a very succesful and powerful man and the office of the presidency.
Firstly, Clinton reads this extremely well in his easy-going style. He's clearly an intelligent and (mostly!) a well-thought man who has had a very- varied and at times very challenging life. The issue I had was that this book just didn't connect with me, I found it really boring. If you like American politics then this is one for you, otherwise there are much more interesting books out there!
Was optimistic to begin, but enjoyed it all, more special with author reading his own book. Hilary for President next?
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