Reviews for State of Denial : Bush at War, Part III

AudioFile Reviews 2007 February/March
A weighty text is well executed in audiobook format with this production. Woodward's crisp writing is perfect for an audiobook, with its brisk sentences and newspaper-style "5-cent words." Boyd Gaines reads with assuredness at a perfect pace. Gaines further aids the production by seamlessly and consistently switching voices when quoting conversations between the main actors. He captures the speaking tone and style of President Bush, Vice President Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, and various other high officials. Woodward's searing tale of hubris and ineptitude is deftly and nimbly translated to audiobook, with very good sound quality as a bonus. Abridgment is careful, and context is well preserved. The result is an attention-grabbing production. T.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 December #1

Rather than a liberated state, Iraq has become this administration's "state of denial." With apparently limitless access, Woodward recounts the trials and tribulations of Bush, focusing on Iraq. Woodward presents a broad range of sincere efforts, missed opportunities and blatant mistakes by Bush and his team of advisers. According to Woodward (and many others in the administration), one of Bush's most contemptuous denials is his continual endorsement of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. But the ultimate denial by Bush is his refusal to be genuine, sincere and honest with Americans, other world leaders and the war-torn impoverished Iraqis. His fear of showing weakness, doubt or emotion actually debilitates and discredits his humanity. Woodward illustrates Bush's emotional capacity, even revealing several times when Bush cries. This, more than any speech, would make Americans believe again in their president, but Bush denies Americans this reality. Boyd Gaines delivers the facts with a reporterlike authority and tone while perceptively capturing the emotional resonance of spoken words, his Bush impersonation improving as the audiobook progresses. Overall, his performance coincides neatly with Woodward's writing style. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover. (Oct.)

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