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  • My Life

  • Written by: Bill Clinton
  • Narrated by: Bill Clinton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts to serving the public.

It shows us the progress of a remarkable American, who made the unlikely journey from Hope, Arkansas, to the White House.

President Clinton's audiobook is also the most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, encompassing not only the high points and crises but the way the presidency actually works.

It is the gripping account of a president under concerted and unrelenting assault orchestrated by his enemies on the Far Right and how he survived and prevailed.

It is a treasury of moments caught alive, among them:

  • The roller-coaster ride of the 1992 campaign
  • The extraordinarily frank exchanges with Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole
  • The cost, both public and private, of the scandal that threatened the presidency

    Here is the life of a great national and international figure, revealed with all his talents and contradictions, told openly, directly, in his own completely recognizable voice.

  • ©2004 Bill Clinton (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

    What the critics say

    • Audie Awards Audiobook of the Year, 2005
    • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2004

    "My Life is, by a generous measure, the richest American presidential autobiography, no other book tells us as vividly or fully what it is like to be president of the United States for eight years." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    My Life by Bill Clinton

    A very good book. I enjoyed the honesty of the story of his failures and his flaws. The book outlines pretty well the nastiness and pettiness that is politics. Clearly Bill Clinton was born to be President and worked all his life towards that goal, even if early in he didn’t know it. The outline of the family struggles and the imperfect childhood help explain the man and his story. A very good read.

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    • D.J. Grothe
    • 2004-06-22

    Absorbing -- don't believe the haters' reviews

    This is not only a great autobiography, but it is a enthralling political history of the US in the last 50 years of the 20th century. Clinton is brilliant, and his understanding of history shines through. (If only all politicians had his historical understanding!)

    He shows his humanity in that he doesnt villify his political opponents, but only shows why they were wrong policy-wise (as opposed to them always arguing that he is "evil" and "ungodly").

    Clinton doesnt spend much time settling scores, and instead spends a lot of attention on why his policies worked and why current Bush policies fail so miserably. And the stories of his childhood flesh him out so well.

    Highly recommended for both those interested in policy, and those interested in this fascinating foibled man.

    268 people found this helpful

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    • Suzanne
    • 2004-06-22

    A Week in The Life

    Extraordinarily candid, wonderful insight on the day to day type of activities a president experiences. Touching and warm. His relationship with his daughter is loving and encouraging for all parents. The strength of his marriage cannot be matched. A must read for all Clinton fans.

    84 people found this helpful

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    • Brian
    • 2004-06-22

    Yep, he's good.

    This is VERY well read by the author.

    62 people found this helpful

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    • Drayton
    • 2004-06-24

    Less than I expected

    Clinton is smart, and although I wasn't expecting a "scholarly" work I was expecting something more substantive from a Rhodes Scholar.

    Those who are easily impressed with vast quantities of facts will enjoy this book. But the sense I have from listening to the book (and Bill Clinton is an excellent reader, by the way) is that he simply "Googled" his life and has given us the descriptions that one finds for every link on Google.

    I know that Clinton jogged a lot, I know how often he jogged, I know how many miles he jogged, I know the exact jogging routes he took. What I didn't learn from this book is why he jogs, what jogging does for him, how jogging makes him feel, what he thinks about when jogging. Nor did I understand how he could jog every day during the first primary season and gain 30 pounds. It's this style I found disappointing. Full of facts, bereft of substance.

    "My Life" gave me the sense that Bill Clinton has come gained an intimate understanding of who he is and how others' lives have impacted him and how he has impacted others' lives. I wish he had shared that intimate aspect of his life.

    53 people found this helpful

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    • Thomas McMahon
    • 2004-06-22

    Have You Still No Shame, Mr. Clinton?

    With everything he's done, Bill Clinton has the raw material to write one compelling, riveting book. Unfortunately, this one isn't it. Still evasive about Lewinsky, no nuggets of insight into Reagan, zippo about all those last minute pardons. A major disappointment.

    32 people found this helpful

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    • Carol
    • 2004-06-25

    President Clinton's turn to be heard uninterupted

    President Clinton presents what we wanted to know, what went on behind the scenes and does a brilliant job of dispelling all rumors and outright lies about him by the rightwingnuts that made their career out of taking him down at any cost - even at the cost of our Constitution.

    The way to describe his enemies are schoolyard bullies that grew up to be hypocritical liars whether in Congress, or one of the plethora of PACs that make it their mission to use abusing President Clinton as a smoke and mirror act to divert attention away from the biggest ripoff in American history, allowing the HMO system to gobble us up in their beaurocracy, as well as the tax cuts for the rich, the same pyramid scheme called trickle down economics.

    A personal note, it's great to know that President heard our voices and listened to the majority of Americans who could see that he had become a target for rightwingnut hunters. And how wonderful that he survived and now is able to set the record straight.

    It is the republican congress that has allowed media monopolies to be whittled down, now at the number of 5. We need to break up the literal handful of media conglomerates just like we did with AT&T.

    Thank you Mr. President for your years of service, and excelling at your job IN SPITE of what they tried to do to you. And let's put it this way, since they've owned the House for 10 yrs, and the Senate for 4, and occupied the White House, there is nobody to blame for the shape we're in today EXCEPT the rightwingnut section of the republican party whom need to re-read what it means to be of public service. It's still the economy, stupid - as well as the need to stop acting like schoolyard bullies around the world and at home.

    We all need to work to save our most precious documents - our Constitution - which ashcroft and bush/cheney have assaulted unlike ever before.

    bush/cheney has skyrocketed secrecy in government against its own citizens and have ruled by fear.

    31 people found this helpful

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    • Bill Ts
    • 2004-06-23

    Abridged?!?- I missed the fine print

    The unabridged edition of Bill Clinton's My Life will be released in two parts. Part I will be available at Audible in the first half of July.
    Maybe I should have waited.

    30 people found this helpful

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    • Anthony J. Mitchell III
    • 2004-06-24

    What The????

    Listening to this made me want to vomit. What a bunch of nonsense. The NY times is right. Don't waste your money.

    29 people found this helpful

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    • Vincent
    • 2004-06-28

    Hilary's first endorsement

    Lots of stuff that I've often wondered about, and lots of surprises. A good introduction to the last fifty years of US political history for those who didn't get to live through all of it. He's a good story teller so it's a good listen. Whether of not you believe it will depend upon your bias, which, as he says, is unlikely to be a weak one (just look at the ratings here).

    27 people found this helpful

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    • Michael F. Weigold
    • 2004-06-29

    Have your own inappropriate encounter with Bill

    An example of autobiography in the worst form: a tale told by a man still hoping to be a player, in every meaning of the word. Nothing is candid, everything calculated. Those who mindlessly worshiped our worst modern president will be satisfied with his shallow attempts at self-analysis (as in, he jumped Monica "because I could"). But for anyone hoping to learn something new or get a deeper understanding of the man, rest assured that there's nothing new here. Don't waste your time.

    25 people found this helpful