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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (946 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nicolle Wallace Narrator: Susan Bennett Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780062023520
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From the former Communications Director for the White House and current political media strategist comes a suspenseful and smart commercial novel about the first female president and all dramas and deceptions she faces both in politics and in love.

Eighteen Acres, a description used by political insiders when referring to the White House complex, follows the first female President of the United States, Charlotte Kramer, and her staff as they take on dangerous threats from abroad and within her very own cabinet.

Charlotte Kramer, the 45th US President, Melanie Kingston, the White House chief of staff, and Dale Smith, a White House correspondent for one of the networks are all working tirelessly on Charlotte’s campaign for re-election. At the very moment when they should have been securing success, though, Kramer’s White House implodes under rumors of her husband’s infidelity and grave errors of judgment on the part of her closest national security advisor. In an upheaval that threatens not only the presidency, but the safety of the American people, Charlotte must fight to regain her footing and protect the the country she has given her life to serving.

Eighteen Acres combines political and family drama into one un-put-downable novel. It is a smart, juicy and fast-paced read that we’re sure fans of commercial women’s fiction will fall in total love with.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intrigue, love, betrayal, politics, family, and an international crisis—this insider novel about life in the White House really delivers. I couldn’t put it down.”

    Lauren Weisberger, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wallace, a former White House communications director for George W. Bush, does a fine job of making politics both maddening and glamorous.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wallace draws on thirteen years experience as a political commentator and news reporter, many of those years spent working in the White House, to deliver a portrait of three women caught in the whirlwind of Washington politics.”

    Booklist

  • “An enjoyably gossipy dishing of Inside-the-Beltway residents of all persuasions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 2/20/2014

    " I thought this oculd have been better. it's bvery chick lit-y. All the women are beautiful, smart successful and wind up winning in the end. The men are all dogs. It was interesting trying to figure out who the characters would be in real life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mbuick88 | 2/19/2014

    " I felt I wanted much more as far as plot. She has a great start but I was expecting more of a thriller or conspiracy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting look at the fictional stories behind the White House with the first woman President and her supporting cast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kourtney | 2/5/2014

    " Whoever called it poli-sci chic lit was right. However horrible that sounds, I couldn't put it down. I'm fascinated by the idea of a female president (and I don't mean Palin) and how gender stereotypes are expressed in our culture politically, so this was an interesting exploration. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/6/2014

    " This book is a quick, fun read about women in the White House: the President, her chief of staff, & a television news anchor. The title refers to the size of the WH grounds. It's right before the fall election, & the president is still grappling with wars in Iraq & Afghanistan; her approval ratings are horribly low, & events quickly change that! For instance, her husband's affair (trying not give too much away) & a horrible military event involving two of the women. I read it on a weekend getaway & was thoroughly entertained. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pooch | 1/4/2014

    " Essentially a story about relationships set in and around the White House and the culture of power. The characters are well-defined and somewhat predictable, yet engaging nonetheless. This novel brings the power brokers into human focus with all of their gifts, emotions, strengths and flaws. EIGHTEEN ACRES is an engaging story driven by likable characters and a believable plot line. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 warren Cassell | 1/3/2014

    " The title of this book refers to the acreage covered by the White House grounds. The author, a D.C. insider, posits that a woman president occupies that esteemed building and that her husband is having an affair with a reporter. This somewhat reasonable premise plus the thought of reading about insider political intrigue at the capitol was enough to get me through half of the book. After awhile, the paper thin characters and unbelievable plot shenanigans got to me and I went on to better reading material. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Sandy | 1/1/2014

    " I just couldn't get real interested in this book. Guess I'm not really into the political scene. About the first woman president and all she faces as she nears the end of her first term and winning the election for her second term. Focuses on the president, her chief of staff, and a news anchor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Perry | 12/25/2013

    " Quick read. Chic lit with a political bent. Fun trying to figure out whether Wallace based some of her characters/events on true people/events. Took a bit to get started but once the story is moving it gets much better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/15/2013

    " An unusual book in that every character is positive and likeable! At first I thought that political life itself was the antagonist, but that receives pretty gentle treatment in the end too. An easy, fun read about politics that isn't too overloaded with politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey | 11/3/2013

    " Fun, light read with enough politics to keep it interesting. I'm rounding up from 3.5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina Klausser | 11/3/2013

    " I found this to be an interesting, if not predictable, book. I did expect more in depth politics than the story contained but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 10/15/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book - read it in one night. Not many books have me up all night, but this one did! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 8/9/2013

    " Quick read written by a former White House staffer. Not bad, but a bit cheesy at points. Biggest issue: That a Washingtonian wrote a book where characters repeatedly referred to D.C. as "the District of Columbia" in casual conversation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 7/25/2013

    " This is a fast read and gives you a good idea about how life is if you work in the White House. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/10/2013

    " The baseline plot is about the FIRST female president and how her husband, fits into being the "first lady." Not much into politics, but very much enjoying the blend of scandal, sexual tension, and political drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 6/3/2013

    " I enjoyed this novel set in the White House focusing on three women: the president, her communications director and a member of the press. Definitely light fare, easy to read and a good, if somewhat predictable, story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/6/2013

    " Easy read, looking forward to the sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 3/11/2013

    " Loved. One day read. Great page turner. Insider stuff is great, three female narratives are great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 2/8/2013

    " Interesting book on the intimate workings in the White House, written by a White House insider. You would have to like politics to like the story, it seemed a little far fetched at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Milford | 9/25/2012

    " Decent read about the fictional first female president of the US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 8/21/2012

    " an entertaining fast read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laure | 3/27/2012

    " Although the characters were well developed the plot was hard to believe. I found myself thinking "really???" at almost every page. I finished the book but would not recommend it - there are way better books in this genre out there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/6/2012

    " Easy summer fluff read. Enjoyed the D.C setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Henry | 1/19/2012

    " Fun easy read. Liked the setting and subject. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Costen Warner | 12/16/2011

    " Great quick read. For fans of The West Wing this was like a long episode with a different administration. Love Nicole Wallace's style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Matthews | 9/29/2011

    " It was entertaining. I really liked the inside look at the white house and I liked the idea of what having a woman in the white house may entail, but I feel the climax happened too soon and not much else happened after that, so the ending kind of fell short.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/4/2011

    " Would the U.S. Presidency be any different with a woman at the healm? Wallace narrates that possibility in a tale full of intrigue, scandal, and modern political warfare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 6/2/2011

    " It was pretty realistic. Loved imagining a female president! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 4/28/2011

    " Easy to read, entertaining, perfect relaxing book. The way it's written (a chapter for each character's life) makes it fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dianna | 4/19/2011

    " Interesting glimpse into the inside of the White House and all that goes on with those who work there. Interesting characters, a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 4/16/2011

    " Started out with a couple of good twists, but then turned predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 4/11/2011

    " West wing meets Bridget Jones Diary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/8/2011

    " Debut novel - set in White House with 1st woman president. Very high energy and fun read. Leaves you knowing there must be a next book in the works but not so heavy handed or long tha it's obnoxious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 4/5/2011

    " In loved all the behind the scenes look at the White House in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 3/29/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, a good first novel for Nicolle Wallace. The I found the characters to be believable, and provided a thoughtful look into White House politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharla | 3/19/2011

    " This book was enjoyable, however, I did find some of it a little implausible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/16/2011

    " Fun read about a woman president "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/11/2011

    " I thought this was a great light read. Behind the scenes in DC with a dash of drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/28/2011

    " I loved this book! I recommend it to any other polical news junky. The author is a former white house aid so it's very fun to read about things that the general public doesn't know about white house / washington life. Additionally, it's a fun fictional novel. "

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About the Author
Author Nicolle WallaceNicolle Wallace is a political strategist and former political analyst for CBS Evening News whose recent posts include White House Communications Director under George W. Bush and campaign advisor for John McCain and Sarah Palin. Wallace lives in New York City and Connecticut.
About the Narrator

Susan Bennett has enjoyed an extensive career as a vocal artist. She has worked with major agencies on such accounts as Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, AT&T, Blue Cross, Goodyear, and Club Med. Among her audiobook narrations are Full of Grace, Replay, and Tiger, Tiger, for which she won an AudioFile Earphones Award.