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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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  • fred
  • Lincoln University, PA, United States
  • 02-16-14

AUDIBLE TECHNICAL SUPPORTIS THE WORST!!!

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

BEING ABLE TO RESUME LISTENING AFTER THE FIRST 5 HOUR SEGMENT. WOULD NOT OPERATE AFTER THAT POINT, DESPITE MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS.

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

WILL LET YOU KNOW IF I EVER GET A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE WORK.

Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

TBD

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

TBD

Any additional comments?

ENHANCE YOUR TECH SUPPORT. 30 MINUTE WAIT TIMES WON'T GET IT DONE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.

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  • shinky
  • bloomfield, NJ, United States
  • 01-19-14

Funny wicked, cynical

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

"This Town" is a guilty pleasure that reveals the similarities between the daily doings of Big Government in DC and your average American high school. Bulllies abound, ambition is as necessary as good hair, people get ousted and are sometimes allowed to return and meritocracy remains only a lofty goal. I just wish that Liebovich included one big apology (to everyone he savages) at the end instead of repeatedly disavowing his unkind / devastating comments immediately after. It's snarky and reminds me of the lame of apologies of an insult comic after he trashes an unwitting audience member.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was the encounter of two journalists at the bar mitzvah of David Brooks' son. As one of the journalists gives the other a "heads up" that he will be trashing him in tomorrow's column--during the traditional Jewish circle dance--the other says: "I cannot believe you are telling me this DURING THE HORA!" The narrator delivers this line with such relish!

Any additional comments?

Joe Barrett gives a terrific performance.

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  • MoMo
  • Washington, DC
  • 01-16-14

Great juicy gossip book with a message

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One of the audiobooks I truly enjoyed listening to, and one that I recommend. I live in DC so l liked the salacious gossip about personalities. It also disappointed me to here how many people in this city (politicians, media personalities, lobbyists) are getting rich by sucking at the government teat.

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  • David
  • APO, AE, United States
  • 12-08-13

DC From an Insider's View

I was surprised at just how well written this book was. The author was constantly entertaining and making me laugh while providing some great information. I would recommend this book to all political junkies but, be warned, when you are finished with the book Washington, politics, and journalism will have a different meaning.

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  • Bulldogscm
  • Burlington, Vermont, United States
  • 12-02-13

Funny, Juicy and Interesting

After reading Leibovich's book, I came away with a pretty different view of Washington. I dislike it even more. However, this was just a fun book to listen to. Barrett is a gifted story teller and I had several instances of out loud laughter at some of the antics of the people that run our country right now from the lobbyists to the Beltway Club to the White House. This covers it all and doesn't spare anyone. There is some overlap here with Game Change and Collision 2012 but only towards the end. There is significant emphasis on the journalism crowd as well as Hill staffers and the "wanna-be's" of Washington.

However, it's just fun. It was somewhat slow for me to get into but I became more interested in the middle of the book. The piece on Harry Reid was very insightful but would have wanted more on Hillary and Obama.

Regardless, it was fun.

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  • J
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 11-07-13

Are you kidding, who are all these people ?

What made the experience of listening to This Town the most enjoyable?

It was quick. I did know a few of the names. List of who make or Gov't work?

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

What a bunch of phonies and back stabbing, self absorbed, .........."Party animals!"

What does Joe Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice was easy to listen.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. A sitting may include drive time. Once I started it was interesting.

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  • michael
  • poway, Ca, United States
  • 10-31-13

Boring stuff

What would have made This Town better?

Bland...nothing new...thought I might get some insight into DC....instead just a bunch of wanta bes...way to much kiss ass....author had favorites he wanted to look good so he wouldn't miss that next party invite...

Has This Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

It would have to be done by " Anonymous"....so you would get real reporting without fear of retaliation

What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

not much

What character would you cut from This Town?

cared about none

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The truth about Washington

When you confront the truth about who is running out country and that for most of them it is about personal enrichment, it is hard for your stomach not to turn.

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Uggh. Horrible, uninteresting name dropping...

So if you're looking to read about how many people the author knows, go ahead and get this book. Or, if by the off-hand chance you are mentioned in this "Hey I spoke to this guy and met that guy" book, then go right ahead. Otherwise, stay clear. Too much name dropping, not enough of the interesting. In a word: Boring. Sorry, but true.

The book IS Washington. Useless. A definite don't buy.

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great book

great book. informative, interesting and funny. very insightful. what else do i need to say to meet the 15 word minimum.