Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2002
CS ISBN $62.95 Nine cassettes
CD ISBN $80.00/$16.95(R) Ten CDs
MP3-CD ISBN $24.95 One MP3-CDs
Ronald Reagan’s speech writer paints a flattering portrait of her former boss and would canonize him if she could, citing a poll that rated him as the greatest U.S. president. Bernadette Dunne pours on the syrup with soft, subtle nuances for quoted words, and a “rasp” as she recites some of Reagan’s speeches. The chapter about the attempt on Reagan’s life is the most gripping. It includes his own gallows humor to the doctors (“I hope you are all Republicans”) but excludes the first lady’s reported wrath at his protectors. Although Noonan’s work lacks the alternative points of view necessary for complete coverage, her message is strong, patriotic, and positive. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/MAY 03]
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