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"Within the limitations of the genre, Clinton has produced a surprisingly engaging and, at points, even compelling book." (The Los Angeles Times)
I've noticed the reviews seem to be "Love It" or "Hate It" on this one, they are split along ideological lines, and probably decided by most reviewers before even cracking the cover. It really comes down to deciding which side's lies you choose to believe, or if you choose to have an open mind and try to put perspective on the bigger picture.
So here's my attempt, trying to minimize ideology: It started slow, getting through the first hour or so was a drag - background bio data that was very dry. One person that I know who tried reading the book didn't get past this. It does get better, and becomes more interesting, however.
One has to keep in mind the perspective of the author, and the desire to show herself and the Clinton Administration in a positive light. As in any memoir, of course she will accentuate the positive and diminish the negative - she's not done with politics, after all. The spin is expected, and so with that in mind, it offers a somewhat plausible history of what happened in the White House during those years.
Do I believe everything? Perhaps not. But perhaps I believe more than I don't, and can see the tough choices that were made, the tough spots they were put in, and the mistakes that were made in the perspective of the people living through them. And most of it seems a lot more plausible than what has been attributed to them by the opposition.
While it was interesting to hear it read by the author, most of the reading was somewhat impassive. You could tell it was read by a politician, so even was the tone.
All that said, I'm glad I listened. Should it be the only perspective of the Clinton Administration you read? Probably not, but it will give you a bit of the human side of the equation.
So, which side's lies do you choose to believe? If you know the answer already, you probably won't get that much from this one.
56 of 60 people found this review helpful
Beyond the media and scandal,this autobiography is a nice re-introduction to our senator and former first lady.
Living History portrays Hillary Clinton is an active philanthropist and defender of children's rights. It also reveals the makings of her tough, determined personality, starting with her modest beginning in the midwest. The stories of Hillary and Bill's courtship were also very interesting.
While this book hasn't influenced my choice for the 2008 elections, it proved how much Hillary has done, and how little I knew about her.
This book is worth a listen.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
This book shows that Hillary has always been an intellectual and independent person who stands up for what she believes in. Unfortunately, many men find that threatening; hence, the nasty reviews by people that probably did not listen to her book. It is amazing how the far right-wing propaganda machine has managed brainwash so many people in to believing that Hillary and Bill are bad or evil people because she stands up for what she believes in and tries to help people when the true crooks are in office taking bribes, trips and other gratuities from the K Street lobbyists.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
I read another person's criticism about her narration speed being "too slow", but I prefer the narrator to speak slowly than to speak fast in an audio book. Her speed was not bad, she spoke very clearly and I didn't miss a word. I loved her stories about her family, and about her relationship with Chelsea. Her struggles with her husband's infidelity made her more 'human' and believable. I almost felt like I knew her by the end of the audio book, which I didn't get in the book itself. The only thing missing was the photos, but you can always look at them at the bookstore...
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
Who wrote all of those one-star reviews, Ken Starr?? What a bunch of ax grinders!! This book is one of the best that I have heard since I have been with Audible the past three years.
Hillary Clinton is a very intelligent, educated, well-read and experienced woman who tells it like it is, whether you like it or not. This country needs more people like her on the Hill.
She doesn't pull any punches when she speaks of her strained relationship with Bill after the Lewinski "debacle". She has feelings and compassion, and anger and hurt, just as any person would have. She deals with these emotions and comes out of it as a more complete,loving person, wife, and mother.
I have a feeling that a lot of Clinton detractors have read this book just to get some "dirt" on Bill, and are sorely disappointed with Hillary's continued love and devotion for her husband. Well, so be it.
Senator Clinton has my respect and kudo's for a book well written, and well read. Contrary to those "one-star" reviews, she is not emotionless, and reads with a cheery (when called for),amiable voice.
It was good to hear about a few of the incidents that were not made clear during the Clinton Presidency, because of all the scandal propaganda at the time. I give this book an unofficial 6 stars.
22 of 26 people found this review helpful
My overall impression of the book is quite good. Senator Clinton opens with a summary of her life as Hillary Rodham from childhood through college. How she met, fell in love with and eventually married Bill is covered in detail. The heart of the story deals with her 8 years as first lady. Hearing about those times, so recent in our collective memory, from someone "inside the eye of the storm" is very interesting.
One of the best parts of the story dealing with the early days of the Clinton presidency is Senator Clinton's discussion of the heatlhcare debacle. Her admission that they tried for too much too fast was open and honest. Her incredibly complex over governed plan for healthcare initially turned me off on the first lady and my opinion of her over the rest of her husband's presidency remained mostly neutral to negative because of it.
Senator Clinton goes on to frankly discuss the very difficult days during the presidents ultimate admission of his improper, adulterous relationship with Monica Lewinsky. This is the part of the book that has probably garnered the bulk of press coverage to date.
What I find very interesting and telling is the story between the above events and a key phrase from the close of the book. Senator Clinton highlights her many state visits and meetings with world leaders. She exhibits a competent knowledge and experience with a multitude of foreign heads of state and their cultures. She closes the book with her discussion of an event called "Dare to Compete", an HBO special about female athletes, which she says inspired her to run for the senate seat from New York she later won and currently holds.
This book is well read by the Senator. The only problem for me were the long pauses that made me check to see if the batteries on my Rio 800 had died.
I dare you to put aside your political prejudices and read this book. With a 2008 presidential bid likely, reading <U>Living History</U> is advised by this reviewer.
132 of 161 people found this review helpful
I was looking forward to reading this book. I listened to it on the iPod and it was read by the author. In this case, I think that hearing the author's voice read the text made it even more meaningful. I give her a lot of credit for talking frankly about the difficult events that unfolded with her husband late in his presidency. It was interesting to hear her point of view.
I am not sure I would read this again. It was interesting to hear once, but it felt a bit like Mrs. Clinton was playing the role of apologist for the regime. I think Clinton did a lot of good things in his term and it was certainly a prosperous and meaningful time for the country. But there were so many attacks and dirty politics that I would not want to hear about again. It was a good read...but once was enough.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
- is that this version of the book has been (apparently) greatly shortened from the full memoir.
I started listening with a fair amount of skepticism; Although I'm a democrat, I suppose I had the same perception of Hillary Clinton that so many others have - a woman who stayed in a marriage for political expediency - a woman with darker motives hidden by a sunny disposition - Lady Macbeth...
Having listened carefully to the whole book - can a single person who gave it one star say that? - I came away with a very different feeling about the woman.
There's something about hearing her tell the story in her own voice which will sway you - or it won't. But it's definitely worth the listen. Honestly. Give it a shot.
P.S. There seems to be a running complaint from the conservative reactionary subscribers implying that this book is Hillary Clinton's way of clearing the decks for a 2008 presidential run. If so - who cares? It's intelligent, well-written and thoughtfully performed.
P.P.S. I considered giving this book 5 stars to help counterbalance the 1 star given by those who didn't listen but merely hate the Clintons - but I wanted this to be 'fair and balanced' - and above all - AN HONEST EVALUATION OF THE MATERIAL, NOT AN EXPRESSION OF MY POLITICAL BELIEFS.
28 of 35 people found this review helpful
Up close and personal, as honest as any successful politician can be. Less spin than I had expected, far less than in the screeds of those who hate her and her husband.
28 of 35 people found this review helpful
It was a terrible mistake to get the author to read her own book, though I must admit that I bought it on the strength that Hilary Clinton was reading it. I wanted to like it and find it interesting but it was a little slight in content, and a wee bit dull, which was not helped by a rather condescending delivery. Perhaps buy and read the book, but my recommendation is to pass on this audio book
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I'm not generally one for non-fiction, and don't recall reading an autobiography before. Maybe it is the audio format, or maybe this is just a great read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a engaging read, from Hillary's formative years through her 8 intense years in the White House to her election to the US Senate.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Leaves you wanting more - a great snapshot of her time in the white house and the moments that defined her and Bill's Presidency...
This book is one of the most amazing displays of resilience in a person that I've ever read. I didn't know much about Hilary before but I was so impressed by ability to just keep trying even in the face of her mistakes and husbands infidelity. Every setback just seems to strengthen her resolve and her grit is admirable. I will turn to this book again and again in times of hardship. Well done!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful