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Kushner, Inc.

Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
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This program includes a foreword read by the author.  

The first explosive audiobook about Javanka and their infamous rise to power. 

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are the self-styled prince and princess of America. Their swift, gilded rise to extraordinary power in Donald Trump’s White House is unprecedented, unconstitutional, and dangerous. In Kushner Inc., investigative journalist Vicky Ward digs beneath the myth the couple has created that depicts themselves as the voices of reason in an otherwise crazy presidency and reveals that Jared and Ivanka are not just the president’s chief enablers, they are, like him, disdainful of rules, of laws, and of ethics. They are entitled inheritors of the worst kind; their combination of ignorance, arrogance, and an insatiable lust for power has caused havoc all over the world and threatens the democracy of the US.  

Ward follows their trajectory from New Jersey and New York City to the White House, where the couple’s many forays into policy-making and national security have mocked long-standing US policy and protocol. They have pursued a personal agenda that is making them very rich while their actions have mostly gone unchecked. In Kushner Inc., Ward holds Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump accountable: She unveils the couple’s secret self-serving transactional motivations and how those have propelled them into the highest levels of the US government where no one, the president included, has been able to stop them.

©2019 Vicky Ward (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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Narration was its downfall

The book was enjoyable and seemed well researched, although any book about this administration seems to end too abruptly because there's always so much more that's happened by the time it gets to publication.

The issue for me was the narrator. I imagine she was chosen because she's a British woman like the author, but her constant mispronunciation of public figures' names was a distraction that eventually had me saying "Oh, come ON!" out loud while listening.

For example, "Net-tuh-yahoo", the "Kock Brothers", Jamie "Dimmon" (instead of "Die-mon); "Micah" (instead of "Meeka" Brzezinski); Devin "Noons" (instead of "Noo-nez"); and on and on...the most astonishing being "Steam" instead of "S.T.E.M." One might excuse some mispronunciations as Britishisms but when referring to prominent figures, it seems sloppy and unprofessional. Interestingly, some early mispronunciations were corrected in later chapters, as if someone had given her notes, but the earlier ones were not re-recorded.

Don't let this keep you from listening to the book if you're interested in the subject matter. I just found this oversight distracting enough to mention.

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Worst narrator ever

Almost returned excellent material because of semi-literate reader's ignorance; why is a failed Brit actress trying to tell a Jewish-American story she does not understand?

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Narrator a disaster

It appears that Fiona Hardingham is British and thus unfamiliar with Americans and Americanisms. For one, she repeatedly calls Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon ADELSON Sheldon ALDESON, for reasons unimaginable.Other bloopers of this sort derived from difficulty reading, plus the inappropriateness of hearing this book read with a British accent, render the narration an obstacle.

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Great story but narrator was a disaster

Surely someone involved in this production has heard of the prominent American political players named in this book and could have corrected the narrator. She couldn't even get Mrs Trump III's name right, calling her meh-LAY-nia.

Her attempts at American accents were even more cringe-worthy.

Maybe the producers felt they needed a British voice because the Author is British, but this one showed she had no familiarity with the subject or people involved and apparently no one was willing to correct her.

Luckily the story was engaging and well written. Sadly it was nearly ruined by the narrator.

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Too many reading errors!

The story is compelling, but the reader mispronounced many words. The proper nouns might be somewhat forgivable, but often there are errors on more common words. For example, she said “predicted” when “predicated” would have made sense in context. She also read “indicated” when I thought it should have been “indicted” to have made sense. Is there no editing?

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Bad narration

I enjoyed the book in terms of discovering the appalling behavior of this unpleasant couple, but the narration drove me nuts. I am a professional reader and do not usually knock other readers but this really was too much to overlook. The pronunciation of so many words being incorrect, and in one case the term “abortion” mistakenly used instead of adoption, made a nonsense of editing! where was the producers hand in this? usually a reader will be advised on bad pronunciation and a retake will be done. Her narration was not bad, but the lack of oversight really was bad!

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Read it; don't listen to it

I'm enjoying the content of this book, but the narration is one of the worst I have heard from Audible. Ms Hardingham has a girlish style that I would describe as "flouncy", and is decidedly over-dramatic. Frequently, her phrasing and pauses indicate that she doesn't really understand the meaning of what she is reading. Also, she inexcusably mispronounces many names of well-known people who are frequently in the news. Did no one listen to her narration before releasing it? I'm adding her to the list of narrators that I will avoid at all cost.

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Way too much irrelevant fluff.

I watched Ms. Ward's interviews and thought this book would be amazing. However, the book is 70% boring and 30% amazing. This book's editor failed as it seems nothing was edited out. The narrator's blah reading idn't help.

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very interesting!

very interesting book. this is a new author for me. I will read more of her books. these people are not what they seem from what she says

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Perfect Timing. Can We Survive This?

I purchased this book as an Audible book and what I took from this well investigated piece of journalism is that Ms. Ward really was able to get into the psyche of this couple pretending to be something they're not.
Kushner Inc. The couple known as Javanka.
As Ivanka's father does things more out in the open, the Javanka duo flies under the radar wreaking havoc with our systems of checks and balances that have been in place for more than two centuries. The damages, the secret dealings, etc... Javanka may have been able to unsettle the "norms" that we have built with blood sweat and tears all in the name of the selfish almighty dollar. If you thought Kushner Inc.'s 666 Park Avenue was a boondoggle, we may all hopefully (thank you Robert Mueller et alia.) find out that we have all just been flimflammed like nothing before.

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