Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2017
DD ISBN 9781478961017 $25.98
The Honorable John Kerry's staff assistant and President Barack Obama's deputy chief of staff provides a well-intentioned but lackluster mash-up of a memoir and a guide to political strategy. Precise enunciation by this first-time writer and narrator is admirable, but her monotone delivery seems to assume the listener's interest. Her frequent use of nicknames for other staff is confusing, and her self-absorption and self-congratulation demean her effort. Raw language, apparently for its own sake, provides no insight into the Executive Branch. Endless lists of specific items moved from one office to another seem pointless, as do extended discussions of tampon availability and digestive disorders in the White House. The title of this work strongly applies to the audiobook effort. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2017]
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