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Where does Frank rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Near or at the very top!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Frank?
I gained an appreciation for the man's talents as he rose in the House over a 40 year period of adversity and success through hard work and honesty to himself and his beliefs.
What does Barney Frank bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Barney is a tough slog but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I am so glad he read it himself. People reading the book in print are missing out terribly.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not a reasonable consideration. Although it might be a the kind of challenge comparable to reading Moby Dick once yearly in New Bedford.
Any additional comments?
I have always admired Barney Frank. I like him more than ever.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Barney Frank’s biography is a no holds barred tour de force overview of his 32 years as an elected representative. After just completing David Axelrod’s overly cautious autobiography, it was refreshing to read Frank’s take no prisoner’s bio. Frank is a gruff unapologetic left wing liberal who changed the culture of the country based on his progressive ideology. He admits to numerous mistakes, making many enemies, and taking pride in pissing off others. He was also one of the most effective members in the history of the House of Representatives who was the champion to the LBGT community.
The most interesting part of “Frank” is to witness his transition from a desperately closeted gay politician at the start of his career to the de facto LBGT spokesperson by the end of his 32 year reign. His energy and bare knuckles battling to protect the rights of others and fight all forms of discrimination for the LBGT community is inspiring and serves as an important history lesson. Frank also documents many political events he affected: Clinton Impeachment, Financial Reform, and Affirmative Action.
Overall, I was immensely entertained and educated by Frank. He provides insights to people, politics, and the political process that are unique and brutally honest. Frank also admits that his diction is very poor. Considering he narrates the book, this diction problem only adds to the character of the narrative.
4 of 6 people found this review helpful