My Life, Volume I

  • by Bill Clinton
  • Narrated by Michael Beck
  • 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts to serving the public.It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House.President Clinton's audiobook is also the most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works.It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right and how he survived and prevailed.It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:

The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign

The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole

The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidencyHere is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own signature style.


What the Critics Say

Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction (unabridged), 2005
"My Life is, by a generous measure, the richest American presidential autobiography, no other book tells us as vividly or fully what it is like to be president of the United States for eight years." (The New York Times Book Review)


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Customer Reviews

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I'm two-thirds of the way through volume 1, and I'm thinking that the abridged version might have been more appropriate for the casual reader. Clinton's every word may be of interest to budding politicians and historians, but I'm tiring of the minutiae of how many votes he lost in a rural Arkansas county when he raised the fees for car tags and then how many he won back during his third gubernatorial campaign. With seemingly zero attempt at brevity, Clinton seems to be cataloging every event of his life and only occasionally provides some reflection on the events. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating autobiography of a charismatic leader.
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- Linsey

I had a hard time with this one...

I consider myself to be a huge Bill Clinton supporter, and really wanted to read this book. I passed up the abridged version because I thought the unabridged would be that much better! My goodness; about two hours into the book I was so incredibly tired of listening to absolutely meaningless stories about third cousins, getting stung by a bee while mowing the lawn, and drinking sweet tea at Sunday supper. I was incredibly disappointed. I fell asleep twice listening to it, and I finally decided that I made a bad purchase and just retired the book without finishing it. Don?t make the same mistake I did. If I had it all to do over again, I?d probably get the abridged version if for no other reason than Clinton reads it himself.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape