Extended Audio Sample

Download Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Laura Bush: An Intimate Portrait of the First Lady Audiobook, by Ronald Kessler
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald Kessler Narrator: Laura Turner Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

When Laura Bush moved into the White House on January 20, 2001, everyone wanted to know what kind of first lady she would be. Would she be like Mamie Eisenhower? Would she follow in Barbara Bush's footsteps? Would she be another Hillary Clinton?

I think I'll just be Laura Bush, she would say.

On Saturday, April 30, 2005, the world got a glimpse of what that meant when she pushed aside the leader of the free world and stole the show at the White House Correspondents' Association dinner. Wearing a shimmering lime green Oscar de la Renta gown, Laura wisecracked that she was a desperate housewife married to a president who was always asleep at nine.

Replayed constantly on the air, the stand-up routine with its impeccable comedic timing turned the first lady into a glittering star. But while the performance catapulted her to new status, it did not answer the question of who this former teacher and librarian really is and just what role she plays in influencing her husband and shaping his administration. The Bushes are more effective than the FBI or CIA at keeping secret what goes on behind the scenes at the White House, the ranch, or Camp David.

Now, New York Times best-selling author Ronald Kessler draws back that curtain in the first biography of Laura Bush to be written with White House cooperation. Based on interviews with her closest friends and confidantes from childhood to the present, as well as family members and administration heavyweights like Condoleezza Rice and Andrew Card, Kessler paints a portrait of a woman who, even as she ascended to the heights of political fortune and power, never lost touch with the bedrock American values she absorbed in her youth.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RAND_000794

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deena Scintilla | 2/18/2014

    " In all fairness I only read about 7 chapters but it was strong on fluff and little "meat". The writing was very disjointed and didn't flow but jumped from one scene to another. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/17/2014

    " A good look at the current First Lady. I was surpised to learn she was a librarian, and thus an avid reader. She is also the impetus behind the "No Child Left Behind" government initiative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/15/2014

    " Very interesting read. Definitely a new perspective on the Bush's in the White House and her upbringing. I definitely admire her more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elaine Moore | 1/31/2014

    " This book is a quick read and very intersting too. It is amazing to me the talents which she has for working with people. Also there asre some good tips on how we should each live our lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terry | 1/19/2014

    " This is a mediocre book about a first class lady! The cloud of her husband's low popularity may impact her historical significance. Nevertheless, she is a woman of character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/9/2014

    " Despite some clumsy, unclear writing, this was a nice look at "Bushie's" wife. I learned that Laura is actually more liberal than George. Maybe her influence explains why he was not more aggressive in cutting Federal spending. Hmmmm . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky Morlok | 12/27/2013

    " Had to read this after reading American Wife to get the facts straight!!! I love Laura Bush - this book was okay but I look foward to reading her own words...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elisha (lishie) | 12/21/2013

    " I read/skimmed most of this book at my SIL's house on Christmas Day. I wanted some insight on the First Lady but I found I knew most of what the book had to offer. I like Laura Bush but not all of her ummm "choices," LOL! It was obviously a quick, OK read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 9/12/2013

    " Laura Bush. I'm her biggest fan. She is a girls' girl. She is a fabulous woman. I love her. You will too after you read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tiffany | 8/14/2013

    " Read this after reading American Wife- wanted to see similarities between fiction/nonfiction. What I learned is that nonfiction is a dull, choppy timeline. None of the juicy storylines of the novel...oh well! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 7/17/2013

    " Ugh...love her, this bio, not so much.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 7/15/2013

    " This book truly shows just what a classy person Laura Bush is and how well suited she was for the White House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/2/2013

    " This book was an excellent overview of Laura Bush's life. It had funny stories as well as serious commentary about her life before and after her marriage to George W. Bush. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 6/24/2013

    " Great book about a wonderful lady! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/28/2013

    " An interesting tell of the presidency through the first lady's perspective. A bit superficial. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ji Hea Kim | 3/27/2013

    " Agreeing and respecting don't always have to go hand in hand. While what's written should be taken with some salt, it was a refreshing perspective after reading only negative pieces that circulate in the media. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenne | 11/17/2012

    " I read this for a challenge and also I needed a switch from my usual genre. I have always liked LB so the book was interesting especially her and The presidents early history. The author kind if overdid it on some of the topics but not a major issue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 9/22/2012

    " I liked learning about Laura Bush. I am not much into politics, and yes this book was written a little scrambled, but I enjoyed it. She was quite a lady, whether you're a republican (like the author I'm sure) or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Kelly | 2/14/2012

    " Enjoyable reading. She is an admirable lady. You can hear her voice as your read. "

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

    " I thought I was listening to/reading Laura Bush's book...thought it was written with an unusual perspective...finally figured it out, when I looked at the actual book and couldn't find chapter 18! Just an okay book...maybe Laura's will be more appealing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krazykat | 11/16/2011

    " so what if she's a stepford wife? she's got my vote 4 helping 2 reintroduce phonics back into schools plus she used 2 B a librarian! her kid's book writ by her & jenna was purty darn cute too & anyone who calls W "bushie" can't B 1/2 bad :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 4/12/2011

    " Enjoyable reading. She is an admirable lady. You can hear her voice as your read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tmorlok | 6/1/2010

    " Had to read this after reading American Wife to get the facts straight!!! I love Laura Bush - this book was okay but I look foward to reading her own words...... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 beth anne | 5/15/2010

    " what can i say-i love laura bush.
    even my liberal sister in law loves her.
    great book.
    great lady.
    i wish i could be more like her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vic | 4/25/2010

    " Broadened my understanding of who Laura Bush is. It confirmed the impressions that I already had of her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/5/2010

    " A good biography. I esteem both Laura and George W as great Americans who have been demonized by the media. A nice, informative read as well as fun to get some inside scoop on these famous,good people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalie | 1/4/2010

    " I enjoyed learning more about Laura Bush's life. She is definitely a role model for me and someone I hope my daughters can aspire to become more like.

    It was very apparent that the author did not think too highly of the Clintons and the Kerrys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 12/31/2009

    " I don't think I have ever read a biography before, but was intrigued by The American Wife, which is supposed to be loosely based on Laura Bush. I enjoyed this book, but felt that, at times, it was more about George than Laura. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/24/2009

    " The writing style is a bit choppy and I found myself sometimes questioning the flow of the book, but it was a decent read. That Laura Bush cooperated with Kessler is clear early in the book. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the FBI, In the President's Secret Service, and The CIA at War. A former Wall Street Journal and Washington Post investigative reporter, Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards, one for national reporting and one for community service. He was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife, Pamela Kessler.