Narrator Joe Barrett's voice is learned, rugged, and dry--the perfect fit for Packer's political biography, which spans decades as it follows career diplomat Richard Holbrooke from the Vietnam War to the war in Afghanistan. Packer's audiobook doesn't polish Holbrooke's story; his personal flaws and fierce political ambition are on full display. His intellect and political instincts make for a compelling listen. Stories weave between historical events--Holbrooke hoped to be the man to end the war in Afghanistan--and personal intrigue--consider his relationship with and mentorship of journalist Diane Sawyer. Holbrooke's life provides listeners with a unique context of the U.S.'s role in world events. Barrett's observant performance captures the persona of a field-weary insider. S.P.C. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2019]
Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2019
DD ISBN 9780525637837 $27.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2019
DD ISBN 9780525637844 $95.00
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