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  • The Gatekeepers

  • How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency
  • By: Chris Whipple
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

What do Dick Cheney and Rahm Emanuel have in common? Aside from polarizing personalities, both served as chief of staff to the president of the United States - as did Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and a relative handful of others. The chiefs of staff, often referred to as "the gatekeepers", wield tremendous power in Washington and beyond; they decide who is allowed to see the president, negotiate with Congress to push POTUS' agenda, and - most crucially - enjoy unparalleled access to the leader of the free world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great history of the Chief of Staff position

  • By Loren on 04-15-17

Good book, terrible epilogue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Where does The Gatekeepers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Would rate Gatekeepers in the top ten.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gatekeepers?

Sadly the misguided and partisan epilogue is the one thing I will remember about this otherwise brilliant book.

Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

Mark Bramhall does a magnificent job narrating this book. I am considering listening to it again just to hear his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, there is too much valuable information to try to consume in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Gatekeepers is an absolutely fascinating view behind the curtain of power in the White House. Chris Whipple lays out the case for the importance of having a strong Chief of Staff that the president can rely upon. He documents through successive presidencies the role that the Chiefs played in controlling or loosing control of the White House agenda.

A great read...right up to the epilogue. Then the angrier side of Chris Whipple comes out. Seemingly written at the different time and evidently from a different viewpoint so much so I thought that it was written by someone else. The tone and tenor of his arguments change and are FAR too partisan. I am no Trump supporter but I tire of the constant attacks on President Trump...just as I tired of the continual attacks on President Obama. The presidency is not an easy job and it's all too easy for those not actively involved in politics and those who are under-informed to form impressions which become opinions and then facts. The people who hold these "impression-opinion-facts" are the most difficult to debate as their facts are based on little more than their feelings. And I'm afraid that Chris Whipple allowed his feelings concerning President Trump to cloud the epilogue of what is in all other respects a great book.

  • A Matter of Honor

  • Pearl Harbor: Betrayal, Blame, and a Family's Quest for Justice
  • By: Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Japanese onslaught on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, devastated Americans and precipitated entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty, and publicly disgraced. But the admiral defended his actions through eight investigations and for the rest of his long life. The evidence against him was less than solid.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great information, Reads like a textbook.

  • By UncleHammy on 12-13-16

loved every word !

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-17

A real eye opener. A part of history rarely spoken of. Fantastic companion to other historical texts.

  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are better Bill Bryson audiobooks

  • By Rachel on 08-10-14

Arrogant condescension

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-14

What would have made The Lost Continent better?

If the author made an attempt to conceal his obvious dislike for small town America.

What was most disappointing about Bill Bryson’s story?

The author clearly thinks that he is better than all these poor unfortunate souls who simply are not smart enough to leave their small towns. He left his small town and went to London...I guess that alone qualifies him to judge others. What a small unfortunate man.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Excellent work by the narrator. I will look for other books read by this talented man.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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