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Its a good book and Clinton reading it in own person makes it more real and interesting to listen to. I would have liked Clinton to go further into detail on some issues like the peace-talking in Middle East and the Monica Lewinsky matter. You can feel his frustration at the end of his presidency when the Democrats lost to the Republicans in the presidential election and the votes in Florida were ruled out of favor to the Democrats.
Overall a good book to listen to, an easier listen than a read.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listen to my audio books on my commute to and from work. This is one of the few books that i finished in back to back listens.
Any additional comments?
The book is all the more listenable as it is read by Clinton himself. The first part of his book is about his childhood and also the relationships within his own family, grandparents, mother, step father. While he claims he had a wonderful childhood, he doesnt hesitate to discuss the troubled parts either. I am from India and it is not common for our contemporary leaders to talk about as openly about the unvarnished parts of their personal lives.
Some topics tend to dominate the reading
-his not taking part in the vietnam war - and long justification and rationalisation of this
-his multiple legal tangles - whitewater, paula jones, ken starr etc
-the "uncooperative" republican party and especially newt gingrich
There is less said about the economy and his views regarding America's economic future (Clintons presidency saw multiple years with surplus budgets ), China , or radical fundamentalism.
I am unsure of the value of this book to an American, i found it a worthwhile listen for someone outside but interested.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Firstly, Clinton reads this extremely well in his easy-going style. He's clearly an intelligent and (mostly!) a well-thought man who has had a very- varied and at times very challenging life. The issue I had was that this book just didn't connect with me, I found it really boring. If you like American politics then this is one for you, otherwise there are much more interesting books out there!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I always liked Bill Clinton, and thought he was a good president, if very flawed person. I have read the actual book, and wanted to hear him read his own abridged story. He is a very detailed guy, so a lot to go through, but I think he did a good job of condensing the story here. Hearing it in his own voice only adds to the enjoyment. If you’re a fan you’ll probably enjoy it like me, if not... we’ll possibly less so.
Unfortunately unabridged is not available in all regions and the abridged version cuts out so much of the original book that it detracts from this great read. If you think the abridged version will give a good summary of the Clinton years think again and go and but the hardcopy book instead.