Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2004
CS ISBN 0739317059 $35.00 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 0739317067 $35.00 Six CDs
DD ISBN $22.95
Bill Clinton's reading of MY LIFE is the perfect way to experience the former president's voluminous memoir. In six-and-a-half hours of audio, Clinton takes listeners through a litany of his political and personal life. If you're not a historian who is interested in the minute detail that the full text offers, this excellent abridgment has few gaps. While occasionally short entries must suffice for far more complicated and long-lasting events, the author's voice--both literal and narrative--is clear and fluid. Always a compelling, articulate speaker, Clinton is in his element. The stream of events, dates, and details seems a bit relentless at points, but the account of the early years with his family has more reflective elements. His concluding chapters, too, give listeners an overview that reveals his frustration with the distractions of partisan politics and personal issues throughout the central work of his presidency. R.F.W. 2005 Spoken Word Grammy Winner 2005 Audie Award Winner (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]
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