A Full Life

  • by Jimmy Carter
  • Narrated by Jimmy Carter
  • 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Grammy Award, Best Spoken Word Album, 2016
Jimmy Carter, 39th president, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts.
At 90, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He discusses racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines, and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him and how he admired his father even though he didn't emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect.
In A Full Life, Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his reelection but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world.
This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives - from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary listen.

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An unexpected, enjoyable audiobook

This is an enjoyable audiobook narrated by the author. It feels like an extended chat with a former president. Very enjoyable.
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- Sydney guy

A truly great southern American

Loved listening to President Carter read the book. I will say having a low country Carolina accent myself helped me understand his heavy southern accent. It also made me respect the great man he is.
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- John Perry Mayhew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2015
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio