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You wouldn't think this anatomy of a political scandal (which should be dry as dirt) could be so fascinating and relevant over forty years after it brought down a presidency, but so it is. I looked forward to every possible opportunity to listen, and even purchased the Kindle edition in order to finish the book faster. The narrator is excellent, although occasionally the listener can hear him sipping water in between sections or chapters. The book is long, but never boring, and I ended up wishing it had been just a little longer so that Nixon's resignation could have been the final chapter, rather than just his defiant "I am not a crook" speech and his final State of the Union, in which he vowed never to quit.
One caveat: See the excellent movie (with Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman as Woodward & Bernstein) before listening to or reading the book. The book is far more detailed, but when you see the film first, you'll have a good mental picture of the basic cast of characters that will help you keep them all straight while listening.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
The narrator was brilliant. You could even hear a bit of Dick Nixon in his voicing of Nixon's words.
Listening to this in July of 2016, I can see the effects of Nixon's paranoia still deeply entrenched in the GOP to this day. And now the bleed over to the far left. "Blame the press" was the Nixon White House's primary line of defense. I am struck at how this correlates to the far left and the mid to far right.
If you can't win on facts, blame the messenger. Unfortunately, it is far more effective now than it was then
We need fewer amateur bloggers and more pros like Bob and Carl. Pros that are committed to getting it right. Pros that see "the competition" getting today's scoop as confirmation of yesterday's, and tomorrow's, stories.
This should be required reading/listening for every voter, every four years.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
The classic book of the two reporters from the Washington Post, who against all odds battled through the lies to get to the truth about Watergate and the cover up that took down the Nixon White House. An amazing piece of history, excellently read and the change in voices are very good.
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Where does All the President's Men rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Right up there. 5 stars.
What was one of the most memorable moments of All the President's Men?
The whole thing is memorable. Tense, intriguing and exciting and of course, very concerning.
What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?
It was perfect. Clear and easy on the ear, it's read with an unhurried authority and weight that matched the seriousness and tension of the tale.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It's pretty breathtaking and heartbreaking too. It also makes you wonder who the new Woodward and Bernstein's would be these days and if any newspaper or publisher would have the belief and balls to stand by such reporting. The Washington Post folk were heroes.
Any additional comments?
I wasn't sure about getting this audiobook as I was already familiar with the story but the writing style and narration is so fascinating from the get go that I was hooked and cannot wait to recommend this to everyone I know. The 12 hr book just flew by without ever outstaying it's welcome. It really was excellent. Go listen!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful