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A Very Stable Genius

Donald J. Trump's Testing of America
Durée : 17 h et 22 min
Catégories : Anglais - History, American

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The instant number-one best seller

"This taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date." (Dwight Garner, The New York Times)

Washington Post national investigative reporter Carol Leonnig and White House bureau chief Philip Rucker, both Pulitzer Prize winners, provide the definitive insider narrative of Donald Trump's unique presidency with shocking new reporting and insight into its implications.

"I alone can fix it." So went Donald J. Trump’s march to the presidency on July 21, 2016, when he accepted the Republican presidential nomination in Cleveland, promising to restore what he described as a fallen nation. Yet over the subsequent years, as he has undertaken the actual work of the commander in chief, it has been hard to see beyond the daily chaos of scandal, investigation, and constant bluster. It would be all too easy to mistake Trump’s first term for one of pure and uninhibited chaos, but there were patterns to his behavior and that of his associates. The universal value of the Trump administration is loyalty - not to the country, but to the president himself - and Trump’s North Star has been the perpetuation of his own power, even when it meant imperiling our shaky and mistrustful democracy. 

Leonnig and Rucker, with deep and unmatched sources throughout Washington, DC, tell of rages and frenzies but also moments of courage and perseverance. Relying on scores of exclusive new interviews with some of the most senior members of the Trump administration and other firsthand witnesses, the authors reveal the 45th president up close, taking listeners inside Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as well as the president’s own haphazard but ultimately successful legal defense. Here, for the first time, certain officials who have felt honor-bound not to publicly criticize a sitting president or to divulge what they witnessed in a position of trust tell the truth for the benefit of history. 

This peerless and gripping narrative reveals President Trump at his most unvarnished and exposes how decision making in his administration has been driven by a reflexive logic of self-preservation and self-aggrandizement - but a logic nonetheless. This is the story of how an unparalleled president has scrambled to survive and tested the strength of America’s democracy and its common heart as a nation. 

©2020 Philip Rucker, Carol Leonnig (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critiques

"[Rucker and Leonnig] are meticulous journalists, and this taut and terrifying book is among the most closely observed accounts of Donald J. Trump’s shambolic tenure in office to date.... Their newspaper’s ominous, love-it-or-hate-it motto is ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness.’ A Very Stable Genius flicks the lights on from its first pages." (Dwight Garner, New York Times)

"Richly sourced and highly readable... It is not just another Trump tell-all or third-party confessional. It is unsettling, not salacious." (Lloyd Green, The Guardian)

"Imagine, for a moment, a high-octane courtroom prosecutor summing up for the jury a case built on the vivid testimony of multiple eye-witnesses.... You could scarcely ask for more capable advocates. Leonnig won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the U.S. Secret Service in 2015, then joined Rucker and others on a team awarded the Pulitzer for stories on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Their new, collaborative account...walks readers step by step through the first 30 months or so of a presidency like no other. They leave little doubt that they and many of their sources regard that presidency as an unmitigated and deepening disaster - a threat to American government as we have known it. Whatever may happen to that impeachment effort in the weeks and months ahead, it creates a moment of intermission in the Trump saga and a chance to consider how the landscape has already been altered by this president. A Very Stable Genius offers a harrowing companion narrative to be read during intermission." (Ron Elving, NPR)

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  • sand sand
  • 23/01/2020

Update! Listen at 1.25 speed!! Solves the narration problems!

If you listen at 1.25 speed it sounds totally normal! Not robotic!!! And it’s an amazing accomplishment of journalism!! Get this book !! Just listen at 1.25 speed!!

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  • DCNow2014
  • 21/01/2020

Fascinating story, but poor narration

I got this book after reading segments in another setting. Brilliantly written, but the narration is not very compelling. The woman reading it--Hillary Huber--sounds like a robot, giving virtually no inflection. It's almost as if Audible is using a simple text-to-speech application. Unfortunate. I'm still in the early stages on the book and hope I'm able to continue. Odd because Ms. Huber does a good job narrating other books.

Be aware--the sample of this book does NOT include the voice of the actual narrator of the book. The book opens with an Authors' Note, read by Carol Leonnig, and a Prologue, read by Philip Rucker, so customers are not able to hear how the reading of the book actually sounds.

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  • geokelley
  • 22/01/2020

This is a well researched book, very shocking

But even more shocking was how terrible the narration. It literally sounded like AI robo-reading the book. Absolutely horrible.

Which is a shame, because this is a book to read if you are on the fence about Trump, and honestly I cant understand how anyone could be on the fence.

But this books documents the psychosis, the lues, the denials and delusions. Read it, dont listen.

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  • 25/01/2020

Great unbiased account of events

A great telling of the facts regarding this presidency. It changed my mind about some key events and gave me a better understanding of the people involved. I think it's hard to tell a political story in this polarized day and age without our own opinions coloring the lens through which we see the events, but these incredible journalists are able to do it.

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  • sdotjo
  • 26/01/2020

Narration critics need to chill!

Obviously, the writing and reporting of this book is superb. These reporters are some of the best out there. I'm writing this as a counterweight to people bagging on the narration. It's not my favorite narration, but it's nowhere near as robotic or jarring as people are freaking out about. She has a somewhat nasal, authoritative, measured, and modulating voice. Not the best, not a crime against humanity, just fine.

That said, I don't understand why Audible won't support more authors reading their own books. As is evident in the prologue Carol Leonnig has one of the smoothest voices out there. I read somewhere that Audible generally dissuades authors from reading their books. That's a poor choice in my view.

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  • Bex
  • 24/01/2020

Fascinating story ruined by horrific narration

I am 3 hours into this book and have to concur with the bulk of the reviews below. Like many others, I thought I had stumbled upon a text-to-voice recording rather than a real live narrator. What the heck happened? I have run into my share of poor narrators before but this takes the cake.

Non-fiction can be dry sometimes and it's a challenge to remain engaged on audio unless the narrator brings it to life. A book about Trump rampaging through the last few years should be full of life on its own and made even better by a good narrator. Unfortunately, not the case here.

I will finish it as I am highly interested in a well-researched book on the topic that isn't full of salacious stuff (hi there Michael Wolff) and these writers have devoted time and care to the topic. Do better, Audible. This material deserved it.

** Someone else below noted if you switch it to 1.25x speed, it sounds okay. Will try that. But still. **

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  • Heather Huhman
  • 22/01/2020

Worst Narrator Ever

The reader is terrible. She sounds like a robot and it is very hard to become engaged in the story.

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  • Sarah
  • 21/01/2020

Well researched and well presented

A chronology of incidents you may wish you could forget - and that were actually worse than you thought, plus some new revelations.

I haven't finished the book yet - I had been anxiously waiting for it to become available and downloaded it at the crack of dawn. I have listened to the introductions and enough of the chapters to wonder if I can stand to hear the rest (but I know I will). It begins with a brief introduction by Carol Leoning about the methods used in collecting the material, followed by a more lengthy discussion by Philip Rucker which amounts to a summary of the first three years of Trump's presidency.

The book is a journalistic telling of events, not an assessment of the Trump administration, but the events are such that they are in effect an assessment. Leoning and Rucker did hundreds of interviews in order to give intimate accounts of meetings, conversations, and often familiar incidents.

I wish the authors had read the whole book, not just the introductions, but Hillary Huber does a good job of reading it, in my opinion. Although I see some reviewers thought the narration was horrible, it didn't really impress me one way or the other. It certainly would not keep me from listening to the book. Her voice and intonation are clear and her reading is smooth. I looked her up and see that she has narrated many other books and that her ratings are quite positive for those. In a Very Stable Genius her delivery is straightforward, which to me seems appropriate. I definitely did not find it robotic. I am baffled by so much negativity.

I don't usually write a review before I've finished a book, but I believe I've read enough to recommend this book to anyone who wants to be well informed about the reality of the Trump presidency and can stand to hear even more chilling details than were previously available in news sources. If anything about my assessment of the book changes I will come back and let you know.

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  • James L.
  • 21/01/2020

Has to be the worse narration ever on Audible

The narration in this book is horrendous. The female reader sounds like an automated voice box. I’ve never purchased an audio title with narration this unlistenable. My GPS has more personality.

I want my credit back.

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  • 21/01/2020

Great story, lousy narration

This is the first time I've complained after hundreds of narrators, good, bad and indifferent. I looked forward to the arrival of this well-researched, well-written review of the first three years of the almost unbelievable Trump administration and as soon as I began to listen I wondered whether I had somehow received a computerized text-to-speech version rather than a normal Audible release with a human narrator. The material deserves much better narration, narration that doesn't distract from the content and make listening a chore. I hesitate to leave a review that might discourage listeners from engaging with this material which needs and deserves a wide audience but I think this is a book that needs to be read until Audible can get this re-recorded.

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  • Ferdinand Van Heerden
  • 05/02/2020

Very little new perspective

We are all punch drunk from the outrage of this presidency. The two journalists have done a great service in compiling all of these facts but the pattern that emerges is that a disgusting tyrant succeeds in spite of the facts. There is no real analysis or insight to take us further than other books that have covered this ground. The net effect is almost feeling sorry for trump in the face of all the failed attempts to save us from his instincts and power fueled excess.

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  • Tracy Huffman
  • 24/01/2020

Very scary. Almost like a horror story.

I am scared about the future. In many ways this book only confirms suspicions that have been lurking in my mind. I can only pray about the future (and vote).