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Love & War Audiobook

Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

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Publisher's Summary

For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

Love & War traces, in their two distinct voices, James and Mary's story from the end of the 1992 presidential campaign - where he managed Bill Clinton's electoral triumph while she suffered defeat as George H. W. Bush's key strategist - till now. Mary focuses on issues of family, faith, and foreign enemies and offers insights from her kitchen table as well as the White House Cabinet Room, while James's concentration is politics and love - the triumphant and troubled Clinton era, George W. Bush's complicated presidency, the election of Barack Obama, the rise of the corrosive partisanship that dominates political life in Washington today, and the overriding, abiding romance he holds for his native Louisiana and his wife and children.

Together, the Carville-Matalins reflect on raising two daughters in the pressure cooker of the nation's capital, and their momentous 2008 decision to leave D.C. and move their family to New Orleans. Post-Katrina, James and Mary's efforts to rebuild and promote that city have become a central part of their lives - and a poignant metaphor for moving the nation forward.

A fascinating look at the last two decades in American politics and an intimate, quick-witted primer on grown-up relationships and values, Love & War provides unprecedented insight into one of our nation's most intriguing and powerful couples. With their natural charm and sharp intelligence, Carville and Matalin have undoubtedly written the most spirited memoir of the year.

©2013 James Carville and Mary Matalin (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-10-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "A Look at a power couple"

    Mary Matalin and James Carville, political strategists, one GOP the other a democrat met during the 1992 presidential campaign while working on opposite sides. They have been married for twenty years and have two children. I thought the book might be interesting to see how opposite keep it together. The book starts with their move to New Orleans in 2009 with Mary telling about her house hunting and finding a beautiful 1906 mansion. The book is written in two alternating and distinctive voices, they narrated the audio book and this was perfect for the way the book was written. They both covered their political work and their personal life with their children. I found the story Mary tells about September 11, 2001 in the White House with Chaney and Rice interesting, as well as the problems they had with the old cold war shelter that was poorly maintained and never used until that day. Carville is a Louisiana native and after Katrina he wanted to go back and help the city rebuild. He obtained a teaching position at Tulane University and he and Mary became big promoter of the city. The humor makes the book a fun read.

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    Stephanie F. 01-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting backstories"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The book would not be the same without Mary and James doing the actual reading however James has a thick accent and is a fast talker, sometimes faster than others so you have to focus.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed the book. Funny to hear major government life changing stories told so matter of fact. The dedication and intensity to their jobs, their candidates, their girls and each other is amazing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 07-02-14
    Trish Virginia 07-02-14 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Wow!!"

    I did not know what to expect from this book, but I was truly surprised at how much I enjoyed it!! The only thing I knew about Mary Matalin and James Carville was that they worked on opposing campaigns when President Clinton was elected for his first term, and were subsequently married. So I "read" a book--

    And I loved the book--loved everything about it! Each told their own stories, and they were both entertaining. And FUNNY!! Sometimes they totally agreed on the subject they were presenting, and as you can imagine, sometimes they totally disagreed. I have no idea how these two people can live in the same house. But good for them--they make it work. And they present a very entertaining peek into their everyday lives. I enjoyed it, and am quite sure others will too!

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    Janelle Carey San Antonio, TX 02-10-14
    Janelle Carey San Antonio, TX 02-10-14 Member Since 2009

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    "What a Delightful Listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Love & War to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version but Mary's sarcasm and James' intensity made this a wonderful book. It really captured my attention and was very interesting to see things from both sides of history that we all remember and can relate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved Mary's reaction to friends and "quirky" relationships from the natives of New Orleans and both of them laughing at being "black-balled" from a silly tennis club!!! Ha!!! They wore it like a badge of honor.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope they write another book soon for all of us to enjoy. Thanks for the great Listen!

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    Creating Purpose, LLC 04-25-16
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    "Solid insights into a famous family"

    Mary and James gave candid and honest revelations about their marriage, politics, and children. Unfortunately, it was sometimes difficult to understand them but I did find the readings to be charming.

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    Robin Scicluna Chavez 12-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely Loved IT"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have already reccomended this to friend. A facinating story of two lives that are so different. Loved the way it was narrated from each perspective.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love & War?

    When she described their first child being born


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed, and felt sad about death and lost relationships


    Any additional comments?

    A very easy listen, historical, political and homey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Herstory buff 07-03-14 Member Since 2015

    biography fan

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    "Intriguing"
    What did you love best about Love & War?

    The yin and the yang of the authors' lives and how their complicated marriage works in their family and work lives. It's invigorating and uplifting. Starts off medium paced and really picks up about a quarter of the way and gets more intriguing as it progresses. Nice ending.The authors have a colorful sense of humor that breaks up the tension.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Inspirational. The authors reveal how they cope with their work and family lives in a world full of turmoil and adventure. They are not the traditional couple as both partners are alphas and head strong. It makes for a delightful story and causes one to pause.


    Have you listened to any of James Carville and Mary Matalin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How James Carville has the attention deficit order and how his wife adapted when she finally discovered it. How Mary Matlin is an extreme alpha woman and how her husband adapts and appreciates her.


    Any additional comments?

    It made me think about my own marriage and family and how the September 2001 affected our society. I learned a lot about what it was like in Washington, D.C., at the time of the tragedy and how our government worked and coped. I learned about how dedicated people are when it comes to pulling together--individually and collectively.

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    Ruth Mitchell 05-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Captivating!"
    What made the experience of listening to Love & War the most enjoyable?

    Fascinating people who were open w their opinions and willing to share much about their lives. Very enjoyable-wished the book was longer!


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    Stephanie 01-30-14
    Stephanie 01-30-14
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    "Fun and funny!"
    Would you listen to Love & War again? Why?

    No, once was enough (and I really liked it), but got all I needed after 1 listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love & War?

    I enjoyed how they alternated chapters and commentary - very well done


    Have you listened to any of James Carville and Mary Matalin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No and their narratives MADE the book - it was great and James' accent cracked me up


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing their perspectives on 9/11 and Katrina


    Any additional comments?

    Really fast listen and fun!

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    Julia W. 05-19-17
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    "An Amazing Arrangement"
    Would you listen to Love & War again? Why?

    I listened to this book together with my husband. As I am a Democrat and he a Republican, I was fascinated in the political and marital alliances in this book. James Carville is super as a witting curmudgeon, and past adviser to Bill Clinton. Mary Matalin told the fascinating experience of being the adviser to ex-president Bush. Her story is made even more intriguing because she was sequestered with the President for an extended period during the tragedy of 9-11.

    Of course James and Matalin must navigate the difficult task of keeping their family and the love between the couple.


    Who was your favorite character and why?


    I was partial to James of course. He is honest and backs his political views with facts and example. He is also a romantic figure. The extent of his actions to show how much be loves his wife, despite their opposite political views, was constant in his narrative.


    Which character – as performed by James Carville and Mary Matalin – was your favorite?

    They both played themselves. I enjoy James speech more, but Mary Matalin provides a strong example of how women struggle with the same problems and are equal or better than the men they work with.


    If you could give Love & War a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The War between Love and Politics.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great listen/read. Thank goodness we were privileged to hear the true Louisiana native accent of James Carville.

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