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No Way to Treat a First Lady | [Christopher Buckley]

No Way to Treat a First Lady

One of this country's leading political satirists dangles before us a tantalizing novel whose protagonist has a great deal in common with a recent First Lady. Beth MacIntyre, First Lady of the United States, has been charged with the murder of her husband, a Presidential Lothario of the first water. She is accused of throwing a historic Paul Revere spittoon during a bedroom spat, putting an unfortunately fatal dent in the President's lust-filled head.
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Publisher's Summary

One of this country's leading political satirists dangles before us a tantalizing novel whose protagonist has a great deal in common with a recent First Lady. Beth MacIntyre, First Lady of the United States, has been charged with the murder of her husband, a Presidential Lothario of the first water. She is accused of throwing a historic Paul Revere spittoon during a bedroom spat, putting an unfortunately fatal dent in the President's lust-filled head. The Attorney General has no choice but to put her on trial for assassination. However, Beth has a secret weapon at her disposal: the flashiest lawyer in the country, an unabashed high-priced shyster, whom she loved while they were in law school together. She chose power then; now will she choose him?

Don't miss Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.

©2002 Christopher Buckley; (P)2002 Books On Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A wild romp of silliness and irreverence that's sure to please political junkies." (Booklist)
"This clever, gleeful satire...sets a high comic standard." (The New York Times)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-28-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 03-28-11 Member Since 2005

    I am a blessed man!

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    "Buckley Is As Funny As He Is Original"

    I love Buckley's novels because they are entirely unique, extremely witty and always keep me up late finishing them. It may be true that the novels rarely end as cleverly as they begin, but the ride is well worth it!

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    William Beppu shiJapan 07-26-10
    William Beppu shiJapan 07-26-10 Member Since 2006
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    "grover is almost always great"

    Grover does a great job narrating and the story is fun.

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    Arthur Bethesda, MD, United States 05-31-10
    Arthur Bethesda, MD, United States 05-31-10 Member Since 2008
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    "very funny"

    very funny

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    "Great book with just the right amount of humor"

    This book was a great recommendation that I got from a friend. I asked for a fiction novel, preferably a comedy, that required a little bit of thinking to enjoy. And that is exactly what I got. I was a little skeptical about the novel when I was informed that this story along with most books by Christopher Buckley had political tones to it. I decided to give it a try because I had enjoyed the movie Thank You for Smoking, which was based on a book by this same author. I thought this was a great book and a quick listen. I very rarely, if never, found a section of the book where I was bored or wondering why the author included such laborious details. All of the information that was included in this novel was included for a specific reason and was done so in a very clever way. Finally, I want to say that I enjoyed this book because I was kept guessing as to what the outcome would be until the very end. I think that I will try some of his other novels as well.

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    Paula In the Heart Land of America 03-14-10
    Paula In the Heart Land of America 03-14-10 Member Since 2006

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    "Must be a guy thing"

    I bought this book based on the reviews saying how funny the text. I found the book intriguing, humorous and very very well written.

    Although I liked the plot of a philandering dead president at the hands of a first lady who often threw objects at her husband. Not at one point did I laugh out loud hysterically.

    Now my boyfriend entered the room and listened to a few minutes and he couldn't stop laughing. I couldn't hear the book he was laughing so loud and frequently. Very annoying.

    The humor reminds me of Carry On Jeeves and The hitchhiker's Guide series. Mush more modern and entertaining.

    I gave it 5 stars because it is so well written and I will probably read another from the author.

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    Mayte a coruña, Spain 01-26-10
    Mayte a coruña, Spain 01-26-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Witty and funny"

    Had a good time with this audiobook , I definitively recommend it. In addition to that Grover Gardnes does a great job with that wonderful voice of his.

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    Jim Vajionis Ottawa, Ontario Canada 08-12-09
    Jim Vajionis Ottawa, Ontario Canada 08-12-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Incredibly hilarious!"

    Very well written. Buckley managed to keep me in stitches throughout the entire story. I will be sure to read and/or listen to more of his novels. The narrator did an excellent job as well.

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    "Very Funny Parody"

    Lampoons law and politics. Delightful.

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-27-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 09-27-08 Member Since 2007

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    "Pick this if you need a laugh"

    This is one of the most humorous contemporary books I’ve listened to. I imagine that it would be even more enjoyable if you like trial novels (which I usually do not). The satire holds up throughout the novel, and Grover Gardiner is a great narrator – He pulled off the reading without “going over the top” which I find often happens in audio versions of satire.

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    Jenny Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-10-04
    Jenny Los Angeles, CA, United States 10-10-04
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    "A well read and witty romp."

    The reader's voice was perfect for the deadpan humor, and the cute story kept me smiling during my commute.

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