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Spoken from the Heart Audiobook

Spoken from the Heart

In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady.
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In this brave, beautiful, and deeply personal memoir, Laura Bush, one of our most beloved and private first ladies, tells her own extraordinary story.

Born in the boom-and-bust oil town of Midland, Texas, Laura Welch grew up as an only child. She vividly evokes Midland's brash, rugged culture, her close relationship with her father, and the bonds of early friendships that sustain her to this day. For the first time, she writes about the devastating high-school car accident that left her friend Mike Douglas dead and about her decades of unspoken grief.

When Laura Welch first left West Texas in 1964, she never imagined that her journey would lead her to the world stage and the White House. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in 1968, she became an elementary school teacher, working in inner-city schools, then trained to be a librarian. At age 30, she met George W. Bush, whom she had last passed in the hallway in seventh grade. Three months later, "the old maid of Midland married Midland's most eligible bachelor." With rare intimacy and candor, Laura Bush writes about her early married life as she was thrust into one of America's most prominent political families, as well as her deep longing for children and her husband's decision to give up drinking. By 1993, she found herself in the full glare of the political spotlight. But just as her husband won the Texas governorship, her father, Harold Welch, was dying in Midland.

In 2001, after one of the closest elections in American history, Laura Bush moved into the White House. Here she captures presidential life in the harrowing days and weeks after 9/11, when fighter-jet cover echoed through the walls and security scares sent the family to an underground shelter. She writes openly about the White House during wartime, the withering and relentless media spotlight, and the transformation of her role as she began to understand the power of the first lady.

©2010 Laura Bush (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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    margaret 03-19-15
    margaret 03-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "book of Mrs Bush"

    very very good. awesome awesome :) thank very much for writing this book. :) .

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    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 10-06-10
    Jeff Vreeland Birmingham, Alabama 10-06-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Splended Look From the First Lady"

    First off, this is a book not about Politics but about the viewpoint of a very smart and intelligent First Lady.

    I expected more politics but was pleasantly surprised to get a full picture being painted of the life of Laura Bush.

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    Mike 09-27-10
    Mike 09-27-10 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I loved it!"

    Thanks Laura for revealing your life....especially those parts in which you differ from your husband's point of view. I normally like his perspective....but, yours is important too!

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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-22-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 09-22-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Overall boring... a disappointment"

    Laura Bush came across as a lovely person and a very gracious First Lady. I think she did a wonderful job in the White House. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed but they were in the minority. Much of the second part of the book was just a current events recount. I would give the first half of the book a three and the second half a two.

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    S New York, NY, United States 08-22-10
    S New York, NY, United States 08-22-10
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    "A lady first..."

    A fan of self-read memoir, I just couldn't resist this. This is the woman overshadowed and standing by the man who just may be the most divisive US President in history, held in contempt by international opinion... and what a class act she is. I thoroughly enjoyed this sincerely-read, well-crafted book. She is careful to stay away from controversy, but there is a fiery streak in there that comes through when she hits on topics that matter to her. You can tell. Surprisingly, a lot of Laura comes through what must have been a book heavily-reviewed by handlers, without coming off as tinned and overproduced. I would have chosen the unabridged version had one been available. There is a lot to this story that she isn't telling, but what she does say in her own words makes her a very likable First Lady indeed.

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    ramjam84 08-21-10
    ramjam84 08-21-10
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    "Truley spoken from the heart"

    I loved this book by Laura Bush, she was very honest and it shows. She told more about her life than you would ever expect. After listening to Laura read this book, I wish I could say she was my best friend. Laura is true to herself as well as to the american people.

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    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 08-15-10
    Ann Victoria Hopcroft, Esq. Oscoda, Michigan 08-15-10 Member Since 2014

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    "Just Lovely"

    A sweet and intimate account, beautifully presented by the author herself, personalizing Laura and George Bush in a very appealing way. Thoughtfully and kindly shared, the story presents an inside view of a rarified environment to which few have access.

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    Christine Moncks Corner, SC, United States 08-06-10
    Christine Moncks Corner, SC, United States 08-06-10
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    "Personal view"

    The book was personal with some information as to the inside the life
    of Laura and GWBush. Most of the personal stories and facts were interesting
    along with Lauras view point on her husbands time as President and how it affected her personally.

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    Beverly Canyon, TX, USA 07-05-10
    Beverly Canyon, TX, USA 07-05-10
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    "Laura Bush At Her Best!"

    This book was so informative and entertaining. Being read by Mrs. Bush really added to the experience. Full of insight into the first family and this incredible woman!

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    Lynne DUNNELLON, FL, United States 06-28-10
    Lynne DUNNELLON, FL, United States 06-28-10 Member Since 2005

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    "very personal and heartwarming"

    The fact that Ms. Bush reads this book makes it even better. I felt as if she was telling me her story. I laughed and cried.....I miss this gracious lady who represented our nation so well. Excellent!

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