• The Amateur

  • Barack Obama in the White House
  • By: Edward Klein
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (901 ratings)

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By: Edward Klein
Narrated by: John McLain
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It’s amateur hour at the White House. So says New York Times best-selling author Edward Klein in his political exposé The Amateur. Tapping into the public’s growing sentiment that President Obama is in over his head, The Amateur argues that Obama’s toxic combination of incompetence and arrogance has run our nation and his presidency off the rails.

“Obama was both completely inexperienced and ideologically far to the left of most Americans when he entered the White House,” says Klein. “And he was so arrogant that he didn’t even know what he didn’t know.”

Klein, who is known for getting the inside scoop on everyone from the Kennedys to the Clintons, reveals never before published details about the Obama administration’s political inner workings, as well as Barack and Michelle’s personal lives, including the inordinate influence Michelle wields over Barack and her feud with a high profile celebrity; the real reason Rahm Emanuel left the White House (it wasn’t for family reasons); why Valerie Jarrett’s role is closer to that of Rasputin than impartial senior advisor; how Obama has purposefully forgotten and ignored those who put him in power, including the Kennedys and the Jewish and African American communities in Chicago.

From Obama’s conceited and detached demeanor, to his detrimental reliance on Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarrett’s advice, to the Obamas’ extravagant and out of touch lifestyle, The Amateur reveals a president whose ignorance and incompetence are sabotaging himself, his presidency, and America.

©2012 Edward Klein (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic reviews

The Amateur is the best book I’ve read on how Barack Obama is wrecking our country. I urge everyone who cares about America to read Edward Klein’s eyeopening book.” (Donald J. Trump)
“This is a racy, entertaining, informative book that illuminates apects of Obama and his team that have not been previously reported. A necessary antidote to the Obama worship that is sure to characterize the election debate.” (Dinesh D’Souza,  New York Times best-selling author)
“A devastating indictment of the lethal combination of incompetence and radicalism that has made Obama into one of the worst presidents in American history.” (Norman Podhoretz,  New York Times best-selling author)

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Interesting, revealing and a little - scary...

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I have read mixed reviews of the author's other works so I listened with a skeptical ear. However I was immediately drawn into the story and enjoyed it very much. It promises to tell us about a man we know little about other than his carefully manicured public image. People on the right will have their suspicions confirmed. People on the left will dismiss it out of hand. I thought it was a good read, if a little unbelievable. That being said, if just 10% of this book is true, we are in big trouble. Recommended for political junkies.

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COMPLETELY AMAZING!!!

Thank God there is finally someone that will tell the truth about obama. I'm so sick of the lapdog media begging at the table of obama and spinning his crap in a positive direction.

Both the author and narrator did a masterful job of presenting the information. The book delves deep into the ego and arrogance of the illegitimate presidunt. I will be listening to this book at least 2 or 3 times!

I highly recommend this book to every American!

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No one is this evil, awful, bad, or dark. Aaargh!

Look, I decided not to vote for President Obama before I read "the Amateur: I'm sorry I wasted the time on this polemic. According to Kline Mr. Obama is the worst PERSON to ever sit in the oval office. He has no redeeming characteristics. Klein is so over the top that he convinced me to take another look at The President. And while I will probably still have sufficient reservations regarding his economic strategies, I'm certainly going to give him the benefit of the doubt after listening to Klein's relentless vilification. Okay... I have learned never to read anything by this author again. Unless you feel the need for a loooooong injection of hatred delivered by an author who may even have contempt for your intelligence.... Skip this book.

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The Amateur Exposed

Great compilation of information. Where was this before the election of 2008? A must-read into the background of our least-vetted President.

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Worth Listening To

If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

Eye Opening Information

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amateur?

Barry & Michele's "relationships" with the other people in their lives and how they just throw them under the bus.

Which character – as performed by John McLain – was your favorite?

Inteaction between Hillary & Bill was like being a fly on the wall.

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

Made me feel sad that we have someone so incompetent in the White House but sadly we knew that already. This book just confirmed it.

Any additional comments?

Great book! Would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what is REALLY going on in the White House.

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God help us

If even a fraction of this book is true.... and my observation allows me to believe all... 2012 is a crucial vote for or against the life I've enjoyed in the USA.

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Fascinating. Couldn't stop listening

This book is a very good listen. The stories seem credible, even though some believe the book to be exaggerated. I usually take a while to finish an audiobook, but I finished this one in less than a week because it held mt interest. John McLain narrated The Amateur smoothly.

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Required reading

If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

Essential informative reading.
This book addresses facts and issues that have remained buried for too long. Regardless of how one votes, one should have the facts, unvarnished and uncensored before voting. I wish all voters could read this.

What other book might you compare The Amateur to and why?

Dreams from my father-so the reader could compare the facts with an autobiography.

What about John McLain’s performance did you like?

Excellent reading that entertains the listener with what sounds like a detailed documentary.

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

yes.

Any additional comments?

The book leaves one concerned for our journalistic system that seems to have evolved to complete ineffectiveness.

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What were they thinking when they elected this guy

If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

God Help Us

What did you like best about this story?

It explained that our president is a cross between a used car salesman and a Chicago thug.
If his mouth is moving he is lying.

Which scene was your favorite?

It was all very informative.

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

It made me want to throw-up due to the validity of the content.

Any additional comments?

How did this happen in America?

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The Halo Effect Trumps Everything

If you could sum up The Amateur in three words, what would they be?

Obama President - How?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amateur?

Obama dumping his mentor, Jeremiah Wright and not being vetted about it before the last election.

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

Not to my knowledge.

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

Chapter 17 "The Obama Doctrine"
Obama believes, "The US is not the greatest nation"

Any additional comments?

Since this book is number 1 on the New York Times best sellers list, I trust the statements made in this book will be fact tested. This will require Obama to be vetted in a more objective manner.

If this book is true and the US voters understand that it is true, Obama will be a one term US President.

The job of President of the US is not one for complete "on-the-job training."

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