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Power Forward tells the story of the five years Love worked as a personal assistant to Senator Obama when he was a candidate for president and President Obama, and it is a professional coming-of-age story like no other. What the public knows was well put by Time magazine in 2008: "[Love's] official duties don't come close to capturing Reggie's close bond with Obama, who plays a role that is part boss and part big brother." What the public doesn't know are the innumerable private moments during which that bond was forged and the president mentored a malleable young man. Accountability and serving with pride and honor were learned during unsought moments, including co-coaching grade-school girls' basketball with the president; lending Obama his tie ahead of a presidential debate; managing a personal life when no hour is truly his own; being tasked with getting the candidate up in the morning on time for long days of campaigning.
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By Derek on 02-04-15
Worth a listen.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, the behind the scenes insight was fun. This book has is a unique production. Really enjoyed the few instances where Love offered some insight into an Obama exchange which led to an excerpt from a speech the current President made. That alone was worth the 6 hr listen.
What did you like best about this story?
The behind the scenes with Obama although I was expecting more to be included. The book is about 65% Obama relationship and 35% Love's life. Be prepared and you won't be disappointed.
Did Reggie Love do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Pretty clear he's not a professional performer. At times his unprofessional presentation was distracting.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
The content was decent but after an hour and a half of listening I was ready to take a break from the narration.
Any additional comments?
At times it was difficult to follow the timeline of events. The story was told in chronological order; however, it broke from the timeline periodically.
Love spoke too much about his childhood basketball experience.
He's certainly an interesting man with a unique story. This book is worth your time.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Ray on 02-22-17
Reggie Takes It Inside...
...for a true look on the journey of a lifetime. It's fun to peek over his shoulder in the fun and grueling hard work of being POTUS' Body Man. I always appreciate it when an author "Audibles" his own story. I was so captivated that I listened to it all in less than 24 hours. Smooth Slam Dunk Reggie. I enjoyed it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful