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This Town Audiobook

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

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Publisher's Summary

One of the nation's most acclaimed journalists, The New York Times' Mark Leibovich, presents a blistering, penetrating, jaw-dropping - and often hysterical - look at Washington’s incestuous "media industrial complex".

The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash.

In Mark Leibovich’s remarkable look at the way things really work in D.C., a funeral for a beloved television star becomes the perfect networking platform, a disgraced political aide can emerge with more power than his boss, campaign losers befriend their vanquishers (and make more money than ever!), "conflict of interest" is a term lost in translation, political reporters are fetishized and worshipped for their ability to get one's name in print, and, well - we're all really friends, aren't we?

What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

©2013 Mark Leibovich (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    laconfidential Beverly Hills, CA 09-06-13
    laconfidential Beverly Hills, CA 09-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Leibovich is Voice of the Peephole"

    Leibovich lovingly lambasts This Town's most prominent insiders and inside outers - while copping to his own complicity as a member of The Club.

    As both muckraker and media muck, the vet journalist exposes the success of excess so superbly, the listener is compelled to laugh even as his stomach churns.

    Joe Barrett's narration is excellent - most appreciated when he voiced famous people - never mimicking - but "suggesting" a subject's unique vocal qualities.

    Barrett also understood the humor - and when to push or let it ride.

    The total effect is one of both knowing and utter disbelief that our nation's capital seduces even the most well-intentioned with the siren song of greed.

    Hail to the Thief.






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    pagesix 09-02-13
    pagesix 09-02-13
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    "breezy, hilarious tour of DC"
    What made the experience of listening to This Town the most enjoyable?

    The use of actual events to illustrate the incestuous, incredible vanities at play in the capital.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mark Leibovich's informed sarcasm. LOL.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Barrett, who fronts dozens of Audible's best reads, has never been better. I can think of many, many authors who read their own material, who should defer to this pro.


    Any additional comments?

    My fave audiobook of the last 30.

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    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 08-26-13
    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Peek Behind the Political Curtain"

    Leibovich provides an interesting look into the world of politics in Washington, D.C. with the perspective of an insider who's usually an observer of those who wield the power. The story flowed well and did a very good job of explaining how everything and everyone in D.C. are (incestuously?) related and connected. For political junkies and lovers of the TV Series, The West Wing, this book will provide a thrill that shows what makes Washington tick.

    Definitely worth reading if you're interested in American politics!

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    uglysocks 09-02-17
    uglysocks 09-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    I enjoyed this very much, although I spent a lot of the time with my mouth hanging open in dismay. Explains a lot

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    John Marciano Stamford, CT 07-10-17
    John Marciano Stamford, CT 07-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Enlightening"
    What did you love best about This Town?

    It gave me a deeper understanding into the Washington politics / media / money culture. Also, reading (or listening) between the lines, I can see how an incestuous money culture can live side-by-side with the left / right screaming matches.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Town?

    Some of the funny descriptions of politicians and political operatives.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Good cadence and inflection.


    If you could give This Town a new subtitle, what would it be?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    The author did a good job of hiding his own political biases and, I think, treated the subjects of the book as fairly as he could. I get the feeling, however, that his head exploded when Trump was elected president.

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    Shelby Hagensmith 02-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I never wanted this book to end."

    I laughed. I fumed. I lost a little of my will to live. Everything a political book should accomplish. This book is incredible.

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    Joanne 04-15-16
    Joanne 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Get Off Your High Horse"

    I am not a fan of politicians, media personalities, etc. but this book paints a picture of a town filled with evil, heartless, backbiting demons . If it's true no wonder we have so many enemies around the world.

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    Richard 03-29-16
    Richard 03-29-16
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Too much insider information and it read/listened like a People Magazine. I was looking more for politics and inside information not a recounting of cocktail parties and gossip. If you like that type of thing then you may love this.


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    James L. Salners 03-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Bias Proof"

    Great read for anyone interested in who actually stole America. Leibovich takes no prisoners in this wonderful look behind the curtain.

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    Zee 11-21-15
    Zee 11-21-15
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    "Most annoying narrator and self congratulatory and judgmental writer"

    Jfc return return return.
    Narrator has the most annoying voice and insists on doing unnecessary and exaggerated caricature voices for the people quoted in the books. Just read the darn book and shut up with the character voices! Ugh so annoying.

    Story itself starts off interesting. As a DC resident myself but a "normal" who is only engaged in politics in a citizen voted capacity and an admitted idealist, I am fascinated by the gratuitous and obsequious nature of politics this insider reveals. The funeral scene that starts off the book is the best part. Revealing of the multiple factions within each party and how there is only a thin line between the actual actors on both sides of the aisle as opposed to what their parties publicly argue over. The rest of the book however dissolves into silliness and petty gossip and needless handwringing. We get it, you're above the lavish and obsequious nature of the political elites (on both sides) who are so grotesquely oblivious to the realness of the world. #firstworldproblems.

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