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This program is read by the author.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner shares colorful tales from the halls of power, the smoke-filled rooms around the halls of power, and his fabled tour bus.

John Boehner is the last of a breed. At a time when the arbiters of American culture were obsessing over organic kale, cold-pressed juice, and SoulCycle, the man who stood second in line to the presidency was unapologetically smoking Camels, quaffing a glass of red, and hitting the golf course whenever he could.

There could hardly have been a more diametrically opposed figure to represent the opposition party in President Barack Obama's Washington. But when Boehner announced his resignation, President Obama called to tell the outgoing Speaker that he'd miss him. "Mr. President," Boehner replied, "yes, you will." He thought of himself as a "regular guy with a big job", and he enjoyed it.

In addition to his own stories of life in the swamp city and of his comeback after getting knocked off the leadership ladder, Boehner offers his impressions of leaders he's met and what made them successes or failures, from Ford and Reagan to Obama, Trump, and Biden. He shares his views on how the Republican Party has become unrecognizable today; the advice - some harsh, some fatherly - he dished out to members of his own party, the opposition, the media, and others; and his often acid-tongued comments about his former colleagues. And of course he talks about golfing with five presidents.

Through Speaker Boehner's honest and self-aware reflections, you'll be reminded of a time when the adults were firmly in charge.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2021 John Boehner (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Fantastic - a must listen

Made me laugh out loud. A must listen for conservatives and liberals alike.
Too bad he didn’t stick around for longer.
I’m going to recommend it to a lot of people.

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  • Joel
  • 2021-04-15

Entertaining, and a great read on institutionalism

DISCLAIMER: I am a left-leaning Democrat and I strongly disagree with Speaker Boehner on most things political. I am also well-aware he voted for Trump's reelection. Nevertheless, I put aside my partisan opinions and rated this book strictly on the merits.

From the beginning, Speaker John Boehner doesn't mince words. He is frank and forthright on his thoughts of many of his fellow Republicans, the Democrats, Speaker Pelosi, every President since Nixon, the culture of Washington, and the current state of our politics. He also dives deep into his own personal history and talks about how working at his family bar prepared him for dealing with the cast of characters that roam Congress.

To his credit, he managed to keep the partisanship to a minimum. He spent more time talking about the institution of the House of Representatives and less time going into the details of legislation. Overall, Boehner spent more time talking up the merits of institutionalism and how it is most effective in achieving results. Even as a progressive, I felt he made a very strong case explaining how building alliances and forming consensus builds far greater long-term success than populist outrage.

While On The House wasn't always the most organized, Speaker Boehner more than makes up for it with his stories and humor. It also helps that he narrated his own book. There were several instances where I almost fell out of my chair from laughing. WARNING: Don't eat popcorn while listening to this.

Overall, I give it 5 stars. I'll never see eye-to-eye with the guy politically, but I respect him. Most political memoirs are boring and as canned as a teleprompter speech. This one was straight from the gut.

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  • Rob Johnson
  • 2021-04-14

Boehner's audiobook is worth every penny

Excellent audio book narrated by the Speaker himself, captivating to listen to from start to finish. While I would highly recommend this audiobook to anyone, it is a must read for political junkies and American history buffs.

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  • Larry Burks II
  • 2021-04-14

Great read

I'm on the far left, but found the life and insights of this veteran conservative leader very interesting. Important insights into leadership, politics, and life.

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  • josephedixon
  • 2021-04-14

interesting book

I enjoyed the book and wish the topic about the rise of the tea party/ freedom caucus was longer. The narration by Mr. Boehner was good. my biggest problem was the book was too short and should have been twice as long. The rise of Mr. Boehner was little confusing at time, but alright.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-14

God bless Boehner

Really, really interesting stuff. Boehner sort of stumbles through bits, but sounds like he's enjoying himself. Also a very strangely organized book. However, if you're the type of person considering this type of audiobook, you'll love it. Entertaining stories but also some broader political philosophy that could be analyzed at a level if you wanted to. If I taught an american politics grad class, this would be a fun addition.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-04-17

An outstanding review of the Republican Party today.

I could hardly put it down!!

Im happy I violated my own rule of “ never buying an author read book”. Had I adhered to my rule I would have missed an excellent book.
John did a very good job narrating his book and even a better job of capturing where the party is after four years of Donald Trump.

I strongly recommend “ On the House”.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-16

The old GOP

John Boehner reminds me why I loved politics in my teen years all through college. He also reminds me why 2016- present day that love went away. He’s a throwback. Miss that guy.

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  • v r
  • 2021-04-18

Insightful but vulgar

Great insight of the process and recent history. I'm sure Boehner leaves out facts that would present a more balanced view of what actually happened. He doesn't delve deep into policies but further into personalities. Still, it is entertaining ...if you can stomach the delivery.

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  • Scoobaman
  • 2021-04-18

Self serving and revisionist...

Boehner accepts no responsibility for his considerable contribution to our current political climate. All this time for introspection over his glasses of wine resulted in gaslighting and delusion. This book was a waste if my time.

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  • L. E.
  • 2021-04-17

Painful

I love audiobooks and will stick them out, but this hurt. I was irritated that I wanted to finish and hate that I did it. I almost liked him at the end, but then the Boehnerisms killed it all for me. Bless his editors and producers.

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