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  • The Price of Politics

  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making the Sausage

  • By Graham on 10-18-12

Reads too much like a transcript

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More in-depth portrayals of each of the participants interwoven with a richer contextual background of the day-to-day lives of Americans. It read too much like a court room transcript, and became monotonous after a while.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am listening to the series "A Dance to the Music of Time" as well as a biography of Benjamin Franklin

Which scene was your favorite?

I do not recall any scenes in the book. About halfway through, I gave up on it. It's as monotonous as that droning periodocity of news channels: "We want revenue, we want cuts, we want revenue", on and on, night after night--filling time and space with circles.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Monotonous imprisonment

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  • Washington: A Life

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 41 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545

In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jack Merritt on 12-24-10

Good listen, but you need plenty of time

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

Reviewed: 03-13-12

Would you listen to Washington: A Life again? Why?

No. So much of the book was fascinating, but it was punctuated with much trivial minutae that would make it impossible to hear again. They were pesky weeds in a magnificent garden.

I encourage listening to it though, as this portrayal of Washington compellingly makes you see and comprehend his greatness

What was one of the most memorable moments of Washington: A Life?

Washington's struggles at Valley Forge made a folly of any problems with endurance that I might have ever had.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

His intonations, inflections, pitch, and rhythm were superior and consistent throughout this long reading.

Any additional comments?

I suspect this book is longer than the average audible book, so you need to allot significant time for it