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Fire and Fury

Inside the Trump White House
Written by: Michael Wolff
Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
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"[Holter Graham] uses his deep, elastic voice to punctuate key ideas, and he speeds up and slows down to create tension...The result is a wonderful performance of a most important audiobook." — AudioFile Magazine

This program includes an author's note read by Michael Wolff

#1 New York Times Bestseller

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief. 

This riveting and explosive account of Trump’s administration provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office, including:

  • What President Trump’s staff really thinks of him
  • What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama
  • Why FBI director James Comey was really fired
  • Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn’t be in the same room
  • Who is really directing the Trump administration’s strategy in the wake of Bannon’s firing
  • What the secret to communicating with Trump is
  • What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The Producers

Never before in history has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

©2018 Michael Wolff (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"Holter Graham, a Baltimore native, actor and veteran audiobook narrator, delivers [this] truly bizarre tale of dysfunction in a composed voice. Where a less confident narrator might have allowed a smirking note to emerge, Graham maintains his poise, subtly picking up the narrative's mood in slight modulations of tone and unobtrusively freighted pauses." (Washington Post)  

"If you think that bomb cyclones are unique to the weather, then listening to this audiobook will change your mind. This literary perfect storm combines a book the president wants to ban with a narrator, Holter Graham, whose energy and vocal clarity add fuel to the author's incendiary words.... The result is a wonderful performance of a most important audiobook." (AudioFile)

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Bizarre beyond words

Glimpsing behind the veil of the Trump Whitehouse was a temptation I couldn't resist. I was aghast, I rolled my eyes, I gasped, and I laughed, but I did not cry. But if it was my country, I probably would have. Absolutely bizarre. I now know more about The Donald than I ever wanted, or is good for my psyche. Knowing what has been going on in the inner circle at the helm of USA government is both entertaining and frightening. More of the latter.
The book itself was good, but you could tell it had been rushed into print (audio): rambling, repetitive in parts, jumping around... but it would mean less if it was honed for another month or two.
The narrator was ok, but in the last 1/4 of the book I keep falling asleep. Kind of strange in a riveting tale.
I must say, it was equally bizarre to be listening at the same time as the outfall about the book was going on.
Interesting enough for political junkies and average folk.

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hard to stop listening!

Compelling to hear behind the scenes of what was reported. Bannon seems to be the source for 90%. I believe most of this book. It is confirmed what an attention hungry little weak man Trump is. Basically every bad decision had "Jarvanka" behind it! Highly recommend this one!

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Fascinating and horrifying

Audio book version of this is recommended, as apparently the text version does contain grammar and even spelling errors that may be annoying. I picked this up on Audible and it's a fascinating and horrifying portrait of just how far the White House and the GOP have descended into chaos and incompetence in the service of self-interest. While it's generally agreed that Wolff has exaggerated and embellished a few points, there is SO MUCH detail here (and much of it he does have on tape) that the overall picture it paints still seems clear and believable.

Watching the Trump administration from the outside, it's been hard at times to determine if there's some bigger strategy at work, some conspiracy to subvert what remains of democracy into a full oligarchy, some deliberate attempt to undermine the institutions of the USA. What this book does very well is illustrate that there really is no plan, no conspiracy, so scheme; it's absolutely sheer incompetence and ignorance fueled by self-interest and greed. And I'm not sure which is more terrifying. Trump doesn't have any sinister agenda; he has no agenda at all, and nobody on the White House staff has any control over what he says or decides, and nobody remotely qualified will even accept a job in the White House at this point because it's such a horror show. The book describes a White House so disorganized that there is no interest in filling any position that isn't media-facing; visitors arrive, are screened by military security, and then are left to wander the halls because there's no staff to greet and escort them to meetings. Wolff himself managed to just invite himself in and make himself at home for months on end with nobody to question him. Internal factions fight and undermine each other and the goal of everybody with any agenda is to get the president to think the idea was his own so it might get done, while Trump himself has no interest at all in doing anything but getting nice coverage from the media.

I'm really not sure if I was more scared when it seemed as if the Trump presidency was a sinister conspiracy to undermine democracy in the US, or after reading this book when it is clearly utter chaos and incompetence at every possible level with no clear goals at all. But either way it was a very interesting listen and has cast a new perspective on the daily news.

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Bon mais ...

Plutôt bien livré, cependant il y a certaines longueurs tout au long du livre. On a un peu l'impression que c'est du pareil au même entre chaque chapitre...

Il faut connaître la majorité des ''personnages '' pour bien aimé le livre,

Narration AAA très bien réalisée !

OUI : Pour les fans de politique américaine

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Wow.

Excellent story. A wonderful and fast paced read. The political drama of this time. I could not put it down.

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Trump Excoriated By Bannon

We get the sad diabolical backstory and a behind the scenes portrait of the administration's last year in hell. Bannon actually appears as the most conscionable handler of Trump's ADHD, as we watch the populist movement Trump figureheaded spiral into Trump's narcissistic abyss.

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Performance went with content perfectly

I don’t know how many times I shook my head during this book. Makes me wonder how he got all the content and how much was based on staffers’ POV. Pretty incredible tale...makes you wish it was fiction. I think the reader stole the show a few times though-especially during Trumps ramblings.

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Great book

Loved listening the narrative. Amazing book. So many unknown facts I didn't know until listening to this book. Great journalistic work. Well done.

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Incredible

This work treats what should be fiction as a truth that is stranger than fiction. It is completely consistent with the cascade of news tidbits (aka "Fake News") that emanate from the Trump White House.

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I need an anti-depressant

What a disturbing look into the man that stole the Whitehouse. Not recommended as a “feelgood” book. #Audible1

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  • Jerry R. Nokes Jr.
  • 2018-01-29

Not as credible as one would like.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. When I began fact checking, I immediately found that the book exaggerated situations. While I am not a Trump fan, I don't want to be misled either. One example of misinformation is when the author discusses Trump's speech to the CIA. When I compared what the book reported to the entire speech on CNN, it was obvious that the book was editing out, and misrepresenting what was said.

Would you recommend Fire and Fury to your friends? Why or why not?

No, primarily because of the misrepresenting information. I prefer my journalism to be factual and allow me to make my own opinion.

Did Fire and Fury inspire you to do anything?

Be more diligent in fact checking.

Any additional comments?

Please leave the spin out of journalism, it's hard enough to get to the truth when people are being factual.

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  • Thomas Kay
  • 2018-01-26

Difficult to differentiate real from fake info

the author basically starts off the books saying although he's done so much research and interviewed a lot of people He is uncertain what parts of the book are real and fake and sometimes he will let the audience know and other times he leaves it up to the audience to determine. This is a mistake and significantly reduces The credibility of the book. It would have been better if the author had used his research to make an educated guess on what was going on rather than adding conjecture. Increased ambiguity on such an important issue is disappointing. having said that the narrator is top-notch.

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  • VC
  • 2018-01-21

Entertaining Yet Lacks Credibility

This book would have been so much better if the author was able to eliminate his own bias. I am by no means a Trump supporter, but many points in this book are discredited or provably false with simple observation or common sense. According to this book, Trump is a stumbling, bumbling idiot, who accidentally became president. That is painfully untrue. Whether he is delusional or not, Trump believes he will be/is a great President and it has been his goal to become so for years. To claim otherwise takes so much credibility away from this book, which is sad. It is sad because there are, what I am sure are many moments of truth in this book, but it is deluded by its dishonesty.

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  • Melampus
  • 2018-01-08

A disappointment.

Most non-fiction comes in with hard facts & supports the initial premise as the book progresses. Sadly, a lot of hype prompted me to purchase this book. I kept yearning for something more substantive & less salacious.
<yawn>
This book was more commentary than investigative journalism. If you regularly keep informed about politics and policy, there is ZERO need to read/listen this book.

Anyone interested in good journalism should read “Dark Money!”

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  • John R Williford
  • 2018-01-22

Genuinely Funny

Despite its flaws (you can tell the editing was rushed), the book is genuinely funny, especially as read by Holter Graham. Mr. Graham has the deft timing of a good stand-up comedian, inserting slight pauses just before delivering one of Wolff’s zingers.

Wolff may not be Bob Woodward but he is an accomplished writer—I feel certain he has studied and admires Hunter Thompson. His style has a light, flippant touch such that it doesn’t come across as mean but risible. As an example, he uses Mel Brooks’s The Producers as a metaphor for the Trump campaign: a cast of fools so inept that even they thought they could never be elected.

The comic relief is therapeutic. Rather than perceiving Trump as a bad dream, after reading Wolff’s book one views the Trump show as a four (or maybe two) year sitcom trying to run the USA.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 2018-01-11

Great Country that Allows such a Book

This was a very fun read. It is completely one sided and almost exclusively sourced by Steve Bannon but was nevertheless quite interesting. The book moves very fast and it is like living the last year in presidential politics in a few hours (so brace yourself). This book provided substantially more information about Bannon then the Trumps. The book makes a few things clear.

The actual legal danger to Trump is not Russian collusion but Russian money laundering and cover-up.
Bannon believes the campaign was too disorganized and inexperienced to effectively collude but the Kushners and Trumps may have been engaged in Russian money laundering long before the campaign.

Bannon is clearly a white nationalist but is a pretty smart and focused guy.

I was pretty well read about the Trump presidency before reading this book so there was not a lot of surprises, but it was not clear to me if Bannon was actually bright or not. This book sure makes him seem smart. His quotes seem brutally honest and consistent from his point of view.

This is a one sided hatchet job sourced largely by a disgruntled fired white nationalist employee, but multiple one sided hatchet jobs are very useful in understanding the full picture and this is a quite enjoyable read.

The narration was excellent with great clarity and energy which made the listen a pleasure.

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  • CJFLA
  • 2018-02-01

The power of marketing

If your news sources includes the WSJ, NYT and Washington Post, then you pretty much already have read much of what is written in this book. No doubt there is some exaggeration, but all in all, this book is a yawner. Had there not been so much political noise about this book, many people (myself included) would never have bought it. All in all, it was not very good.

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  • Philo
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 2018-01-06

Colorful but stretches the actual quotes a bit far

The good: this is well-paced, and traces the events and personalities well. Some historical context and analysis is offered, such as practices of earlier presidents, compared to Trump's. These passages are well-crafted. Some of the rightist figures I found surprisingly interesting, such as Bannon and Ailes. The depictions here go beyond the two-dimensional cutouts offered in much popular press. The narration is superb. The book overall is a nice recap and update to the conversation. Keeping a fair distance from every last assertion this author makes, I do feel I am better educated on the history and players, having listened through this. Some of the fly-on-the-wall feel of being there came through well, though not all.
The bad: there is too much of a disembodied, unattributed, omniscient straw-person voice floating around explaining everything in the standard blue way, if a colorful and cleverly-phrased version of it. There are stretches where actual quotes would be more welcome (as small a sample as each might be anyway, to use the statisticians' term). The author's opening disclaimer too casually tries to dispel this deficiency. A bit more caution and care in the journalism would suit me.
Finally, I applaud this release as flushing out Trump, brandishing his lawyers' threats and his nondisclosure and non-disparagement agreements. It it is high time his straddling the public-private line and getting a free ride attempting to privatize the truth was tested in the courts. Not that I think he will follow through. His track record in such fights has been severely patchy as it is. Yet, he plunges forward, unable to resist rising to the bait. Ha!

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  • WJ Brown, Audible Customer
  • Everywhere
  • 2018-01-05

Hurry up, Mueller. Please, hurry up.

My favorite comment I’ve read so far comes from another reviewer: “Reading this book is like being forced to eat an entire 5 gallon carton of ice cream.” This book add important perspective to the debased, insane world of Donald Trump and the pathetic people who choose to be in his orbit. The sad joke of it all is that Mr. Trump was elected by less than 30% of the population and has the tools to put his lack of intellectual ability, declining faculties, perverse penchant for conspiracy theories, and ceaseless appetite for self-indulgence and gratification to damage our national interests for generations to come. So my plea upon finishing this book on the day of its publication is this: Hurry up, Mueller!

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  • Danny Reviews
  • SAN DIEGO, CA
  • 2018-01-05

Everything we already knew, but in high-def detail

What made the experience of listening to Fire and Fury the most enjoyable?

It's the curtain-opening moment showing in great detail that the emperor not only has no clothes, but barely even understand he is emperor.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fire and Fury?

The McDonalds Revelation

What about Michael Wolff and Holter Graham ’s performance did you like?

Wolff has recorded these conversations, so you can hear the distinctly Trumpesque or "Bannon-ese" nature of all quotes in the book.

Any additional comments?

It reads like fan fiction about the White House, which is great fun at first, but then you remember "this all actually happened", and it's a bit terrifying. We now have a clear, referenced exposé of how this so-called "draining the swamp" ironically consisted of dumping 1000s of tons of toxic waste right back in, then letting it sit stagnant because the Command-in-Chief doesn't even want to be there in the first place.

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  • Katonoma
  • 2018-06-28

Inintéressant et le ton du narrateur est pénible

Inintéressant et le ton du narrateur est pénible a suivre.
J'ai arrêté au bout d'un chapitre

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 2018-01-18

Fast paced and fascinating

I don't think there is much point in me reviewing this book as it has been so much in the news. I feel Michael Wolff does a great job communicating (to a UK person) the structure, flavour and atmosphere of the White House during the first 6 months of Trump's presidency.

I will just say what a terrific job Holter Graham does in the narration. His American accent and energetic delivery really animates the stories and frequent quotations. The language is very colourful and Holter communicates the vitriol and exuberance of the speakers involved - particularly Steve Bannon. I don't think if I'd read the book to myself I would have picked up all the meaning and passion behind these quotes; a case of the narrator adding to comprehension of the written word.

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  • Jeffrey Kennedy
  • 2018-01-08

Historic and Well Acted despite odd pronunciations

Rollicking great journalism and a valuable review of the Donald Disaster. Fly-on-the-wall like never before in history's most dysfunctional White House.