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

No Way to Treat a First Lady

On trial for assassinating her husband, the President of the United States, Beth MacMann hires an old flame from law school as her defense attorney. In this hilarious send-up of both politicos and lawyers, Buckley reestablishes himself as one of today's premiere satirists.
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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the First Lady of the United States, has been charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no choice but to put the First Lady on trial for assassination.

The media has never warmed to Beth MacMann (her nickname in the tabloids is "Lady Bethmac"), and as America girds for a scandalous, sensational trial, Beth reaches out to the only defense attorney she trusts, Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, who charges $1,000 an hour and has represented a Who's Who of scoundrels: terrorists, inside traders, politicians, mobsters, blackmailers, toxic-waste dumpers, drug dealers, even fellow lawyers.

Why Boyce Baylor? Because Beth loved him once, when they were law students. Boyce wanted to marry her, but Beth chose the future President instead. Now, after all these years, Boyce has a second chance. To what lengths will a shameless lawyer go to win the Trial of the Millennium and regain the love of his life?

Buckley has been described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "one of the best and surest political humorists in America" and by Entertainment Weekly as "a superb writer of politically incorrect satire." No Way to Treat a First Lady is flat-out hilarious. And furthermore, it's a love story for our time.

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

©2002 Christopher Taylor Buckley; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The political humor is first-rate as usual, as Buckley has plenty of fun with the slimy, silly mess that is Beltway politics...should keep Buckley on the A list of American satirists." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unspeakably and endlessly funny. Unless you're a former president....Wicked humorist Buckley shoots fish in a barrel and makes them dance." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

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    susan ADDISON, IL, United States 12-16-13
    susan ADDISON, IL, United States 12-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I could not stop listening!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes for sure! What a great book. I loved how I thought I knew what was happening then I didnt!


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    Great book all the way around, Love, Murder, Mystery and I laughed out loud. My favorite Line in the book was.... A 4 letter word for a women that ends in unt?

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    Bex 11-17-13
    Bex 11-17-13

    Female chick from the eastern shore of Maryland digging the audio thing. :)

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    Poorly written, eye-rolling story paired with characters you don't give a rat's ass about equals a waste of my time listening to it. I kept hoping it would get better and it really didn't.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Having listened to many audible titles, I find that the narrator makes all the difference in my enjoyment of the book. Tim Matheson, while a fine screen actor, is not a good voice actor. His slight variations of tone for the separate characters was not enough to delineate who was speaking and it was easy to get confused. The more I listened, the less I liked his reading of the book. And that's what it was. Just a reading. He brought nothing at all to the story, in my opinion, actually subtracted from an already thin story.


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    There were many good comments in the reviews about this book and how funny it was. Perhaps my sense of humor is not aligned with the writer's because there was not one single bit of it that was humorous. All of it was overwrought, stupid drivel. (Yes, I do feel strongly about it.) I regret wasting a credit and my time on this book.

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    M.W. SW USA 12-09-12
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    This book languished in my library for a long time. I'd have listened much sooner if I had known it would be such fun. I enjoy sarcastic humor, and there is plenty in this book. I even laughed out loud a few times.

    If you are looking for a fun, quick listen with some plot twists, I'd suggest giving this book a try.

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    Andrea Albuquerque, NM, USA 11-05-04
    Andrea Albuquerque, NM, USA 11-05-04 Member Since 2013
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    Tim Matheson's reading was very entertaining. Brought the characters to life. We listened to this on a long car trip with another couple. We all kept wanted to get back into the car, so we could hear what happened next.

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    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 06-16-03
    Izzy Thornhill, Ontario, Canada 06-16-03 Member Since 2007
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    "So Preposterous it's Believable."

    The book is so tongue in cheek that I don't know how the narrator could keep a straight face (not explode in laughter). It is also so preposterous as to be almost believable. A well told, well read and funny listen.

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    Craig San Jose, CA, USA 04-30-03
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    "Don't worry, you won't crash while listening"

    This is an amusing book. Not so funny that you will worry about losing control of your car, but with several laugh-out-loud passages. The premise is a little strained, but well worked. Good enough to spend the time on.

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    Sally Parap, Australia 05-29-11
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    Enjoyable, but predictable and forgettable. Not in the league of recent others I've listened to eg Water for Elephants and The Hunger Games.

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