Cormac O'Brien's humorous and irreverent audiobook on America's First Ladies might not paint full biographical portraits, but it certainly paints colorful ones. Listeners know they're in for an idiosyncratic history when each chapter opens not only with the dates the subject lived in the White House, but also her astrological sign.
Teresa DeBerry performs Secret Lives of the First Ladieswith the perfect amount of snark as she reveals that Mary Todd Lincoln was a witchy impulse shopper and Dolley Madison had a penchant for tobacco chew. DeBerry seems to delight in the audiobook's fun revelations as much as the listener does, for who can resist the dirty details of history?
Scandals, Seduction, Addiction, Adultery, Horrific Fashions...And the White House?!
Your high school history teachers never gave you a book like this one! Secret Lives of the First Ladies features outrageous and uncensored profiles of the women of the White House - complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright wacko facts. You’ll discover that:
With chapters on every woman who’s ever made it to the White House, Secret Lives of the First Ladies tackles all of the tough questions that other history books are afraid to ask: How many of these women owned slaves? Which ones were cheating on their husbands? And why was Eleanor Roosevelt serving hot dogs to the King and Queen of England? American history was never this much fun in school!
©2009 Cormac O'Brien (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Nice voice in the narration but what's with all the snottiness??? Just started listening and I really wish someone else was doing the narrating. Tone of voice is snippy gossip. How demeaning to the First Ladies.
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