No Way to Treat a First Lady

  • by Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by Tim Matheson
  • 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the First Lady of the United States, has been charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no choice but to put the First Lady on trial for assassination.The media has never warmed to Beth MacMann (her nickname in the tabloids is "Lady Bethmac"), and as America girds for a scandalous, sensational trial, Beth reaches out to the only defense attorney she trusts, Boyce "Shameless" Baylor, who charges $1,000 an hour and has represented a Who's Who of scoundrels: terrorists, inside traders, politicians, mobsters, blackmailers, toxic-waste dumpers, drug dealers, even fellow lawyers.
Why Boyce Baylor? Because Beth loved him once, when they were law students. Boyce wanted to marry her, but Beth chose the future President instead. Now, after all these years, Boyce has a second chance. To what lengths will a shameless lawyer go to win the Trial of the Millennium and regain the love of his life?
Buckley has been described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "one of the best and surest political humorists in America" and by Entertainment Weekly as "a superb writer of politically incorrect satire." No Way to Treat a First Lady is flat-out hilarious. And furthermore, it's a love story for our time.

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What the Critics Say

"The political humor is first-rate as usual, as Buckley has plenty of fun with the slimy, silly mess that is Beltway politics...should keep Buckley on the A list of American satirists." (Publishers Weekly)
"Unspeakably and endlessly funny. Unless you're a former president....Wicked humorist Buckley shoots fish in a barrel and makes them dance." (Kirkus, Starred Review)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

I could not stop listening!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes for sure! What a great book. I loved how I thought I knew what was happening then I didnt!


Any additional comments?

Great book all the way around, Love, Murder, Mystery and I laughed out loud. My favorite Line in the book was.... A 4 letter word for a women that ends in unt?

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- susan

So so so bad

What was most disappointing about Christopher Buckley’s story?

Poorly written, eye-rolling story paired with characters you don't give a rat's ass about equals a waste of my time listening to it. I kept hoping it would get better and it really didn't.


How could the performance have been better?

Having listened to many audible titles, I find that the narrator makes all the difference in my enjoyment of the book. Tim Matheson, while a fine screen actor, is not a good voice actor. His slight variations of tone for the separate characters was not enough to delineate who was speaking and it was easy to get confused. The more I listened, the less I liked his reading of the book. And that's what it was. Just a reading. He brought nothing at all to the story, in my opinion, actually subtracted from an already thin story.


Any additional comments?

There were many good comments in the reviews about this book and how funny it was. Perhaps my sense of humor is not aligned with the writer's because there was not one single bit of it that was humorous. All of it was overwrought, stupid drivel. (Yes, I do feel strongly about it.) I regret wasting a credit and my time on this book.

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- Bex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio