Get a free audiobook

Audible Membership

$14.95 a month

1 credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
The Plus Catalogue—listen all you want to thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts, and audiobooks.
$14.95 a month plus applicable taxes after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for $29.60

Buy Now for $29.60

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Tax where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history.  

But as number one internationally best-selling author Bob Woodward and acclaimed reporter Robert Costa reveal for the first time, it was far more than just a domestic political crisis.  

Woodward and Costa interviewed more than 200 people at the center of the turmoil, resulting in more than 6,000 pages of transcripts - and a spellbinding and definitive portrait of a nation on the brink.  

This classic study of Washington takes listeners deep inside the Trump White House, the Biden White House, the 2020 campaign, and the Pentagon and Congress, with vivid, eyewitness accounts of what really happened.  

Peril is supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes, and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled history.  

It is also the first inside look at Biden’s presidency as he faces the challenges of a lifetime: the continuing deadly pandemic and millions of Americans facing soul-crushing economic pain, all the while navigating a bitter and disabling partisan divide, a world rife with threats, and the hovering, dark shadow of the former president.  

“We have much to do in this winter of peril,” Biden declared at his inauguration, an event marked by a nerve-wracking security alert and the threat of domestic terrorism.   

Peril is the extraordinary story of the end of one presidency and the beginning of another and represents the culmination of Bob Woodward’s news-making trilogy on the Trump presidency, along with Fear and Rage. And it is the beginning of a collaboration with fellow Washington Post reporter Robert Costa that will remind listeners of Woodward’s coverage, with Carl Bernstein, of President Richard M. Nixon’s final days. 

©2021 Bob Woodward and Robert Costa. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What listeners say about Peril

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

No reviews are available
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Peter W. Kalnin
  • 2021-09-21

Clear Portrait of Chaotic Presidential Transition

Easy to follow story-telling that paints a clear picture of what was going on behind the scenes with DJT and JB, and what those closest to them said. A good listen about one of the most dangerous times for the American republic.

64 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer Winchel
  • 2021-09-21

Excellent

Very well written and researched like all of his books. truly terrifying how close we canme to losing our American way of life.....again.

22 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Navillus82
  • 2021-09-22

Not Exactly Ground Breaking

It feels like this book was written to satisfy a contractual obligation not because it really has anything new or important to say. The meaningful new information in this book has already been revealed in detail in the media, and the remainder of the book is a somewhat discombobulated telling of the same information that has already been put on the record in previously released books like I Alone Can Fix It; Landslide; Frankly, We Did Win this Election; Battle for the Soul; Nightmare Scenario; and Plague Year. If you have not read the other recent books covering this period, Peril is an okay read, but if you are looking for a more in depth review of the events during this period of time, I would recommend going with one of the other previously mentioned options.

18 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • H. Rodgville
  • 2021-09-22

Had me laughing a lot

I started this yesterday and I just finished. The reader was excellent. I highly recommend Peril. For those of us that never want to vote for 45. It’s eye opening. Great writing. Thank you

7 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • M r. Books
  • 2021-09-22

Read Landslide not Peril

Very little new, (except what was already revealed about General Milley) or interesting. Almost just a narrative of what we already knew, but less. Big disappointment. Read Landslide, a much better and more interesting book.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Nemo Niemand
  • 2021-09-24

Don’t look for 1/6 details here.

I was looking forward to this book because I had thought we would get a deeper dive into the planning of 1/6, but I got pretty much what every other book had delivered: not much more than I already knew.

Did Woodward & Costa hold out on us? Are sources keeping mum out of fear of prosecution? Readers want to know, and this book willfully dropped the ball.

In comparison, FEAR and RAGE were much better than this.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jamie Kappes
  • 2021-09-23

Phenomenal reporting

A great read, the details in this book are astounding. Seeing this moment in time from so many important perspectives, I am astounded at what hasn't been seen or said about what happened during the Trump disaster.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric B. Smith
  • 2021-09-22

Entertaining!

I rated this book ***** solely for entertainment value. Story seems a bit contrived (?). Good read.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert A. Raymond
  • 2021-09-22

Intresting listen.

We have all heard, and seen enough about Trump, but this book has a lot of information about the current president, and his administration as well.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • JAR
  • 2021-09-24

Good to hear about the inner circle

The first 2/3 of the book was informative and what I thought the book would share.
The remaining is about current negotiations and players in the existing administration. Interesting but not as much as the first part to me.
I hope they write a book about 45’s responsibility and consequences of his nefarious actions, as well as others culpable of the terrorists at the Capitol.
The GOP is no longer recognizable to me with those running/not running their vaudeville act.
It’s tragic.

2 people found this helpful