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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Buckley Narrator: Tim Matheson Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9780553756791
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Christopher Buckley, the bestselling author of the comic classics The White House Mess and Thank You for Smoking, returns to the funniest place in America: Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Tyler MacMann, the First Lady of the United States, has been charged with killing her philandering husband, the President of the United States. In the midst of a bedroom spat, she allegedly hurled a historic Paul Revere spittoon at him, with tragic results. The attorney general has no choice but to put the First Lady on trial for assassination.

The media has never warmed to Beth MacMann (her nickname in the tabloids is “Lady Bethmac”), and as America girds for a scandalous, sensational trial, Beth reaches out to the only defense attorney she trusts, Boyce “Shameless” Baylor, who charges $1,000 an hour and has represented a Who’s Who of scoundrels: murderous running backs, society wife-killers, Los Alamos spies, and national-security sellouts.

Why Boyce Baylor? Because Beth loved him once, when they were law students. Boyce wanted to marry her, but Beth chose the future President instead. Now, after all these years, Boyce has a second chance. To what lengths will a shameless lawyer go to win the Trial of the Millennium and regain the love of his life?

Buckley has been described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as “one of the best and surest political humorists in America” and by Entertainment Weekly as “a superb writer of politically incorrect satire.” No Way to Treat a First Lady is flat-out hilarious. And furthermore, it’s a love story for our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unspeakably and endlessly funny. Unless you're a former president…Wicked humorist Buckley shoots fish in a barrel and makes them dance. Kirkus (starred)
  • The lurid sexual excesses of the late 90's provide plenty of comic fodder for Buckley's latest satire, which doubles as a legal thriller…The political humor is first-rate as usual, as Buckley has plenty of fun with the slimy, silly mess that is Beltway politics. This is one of his better efforts, which should keep Buckley on the "A' list of American satirists. Publishers Weekly (lead review)
  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 2/18/2014

    " Pretty silly, but kind of cute. I would recommend it as an airplane read. A friend left it to me in a group of books she didn't take with her in her move and I just so happened to be out of books this week. It's about on literary par with a Carl Hiassen novel - low impact, a few laughs, a little bit of raunch and a predictably cheerful wrap up. I haven't read any other Buckley novels, so I'm not sure how this fares compared to his other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/4/2014

    " Christopher Buckley is a hilarious, honest, and intelligent author, and "Boomsday" does not disappoint. Buckley writes factually about political jobs and climates. Buckley is amazing at saying, hilariously, what everyone else is too afraid to say. "No Way to Treat a First Lady" is a remarkably entertaining 'what-if' plot based loosely on if Bill had been killed and Hilary accused while they were in the White House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail McGrath | 2/2/2014

    " Funny and readable. A truly fitting ending but I am not giving a spoiler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hester | 1/30/2014

    " What a page-turner. I stayed up until 2:30 reading this book. Imagine if Bill had been even more of a skirt chaser, and that Hillary had been more ambitious and politically active. Then imagine that Hillary looked like Sela Ward or Lynda Carter and that Bill died under suspicious circumstances after doing Barbara Streisand in the Lincoln bedroom. Did I mention that Babs is married to Victor Booth? Buckley uses this fantastic alternate reality to poke fun at the legal system and my home town. Not recommended for people who need to read about nice characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 1/29/2014

    " Just good fun - completed as an audiobook and enjoyed every minute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lacy | 1/28/2014

    " Loved it. Nick N. from Thank You For Smoking has a bit role in this political satire. Good stuff and a quick, fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 1/28/2014

    " Very witty, reminded me of "Thank you for not smoking" the movie, except this time he is looking at our legal system and the media. I loved the "What if" aspect of the First Lady on trial for accidentally killing her husband after he cheated on her in the Lincoln bedroom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cary | 1/18/2014

    " I like Buckley's writing style but sometimes i find his subject matter hit or miss. I liked this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 1/18/2014

    " This book was thoroughly enjoyable--what fun, especially the end which had me laughing outloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 1/15/2014

    " this author is both hysterical and super knowledgeable. Love his books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irina | 1/8/2014

    " Hilarious! Political parody from the very clever and observant author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy Anthony | 12/31/2013

    " Not his greatest, but a nice light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joni | 12/21/2013

    " A fun little book, had a hard time putting it down. The what if's of the book were a kick. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 12/13/2013

    " This book is far too silly to meet my standards for satire. I enjoyed the premise for a while, but the antics became tiresome by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Jackman | 6/23/2013

    " Wonderful read. Laughed all the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rotelena | 6/23/2013

    " ok lah, untuk baca di waktu istirahat atau penghantar tidur "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/28/2013

    " More consistent reading all the way through than Little Green Men was for me, but not as realistic (in my opinion) as Boomsday or Thank You For Smoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 3/18/2013

    " VERY campy, but a fun read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/4/2013

    " From the author of "Thank You For Smoking" a comical and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hallie | 2/2/2013

    " It was a fun read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 6/10/2012

    " I know it's silly but I liked it! I like Chris Buckley. He's funny, and I kept picturing Kevin Spacey and Catherine Zeta-Jones as the main characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerry Casey | 1/11/2012

    " A total and complete satire. Lots of fun. No profession, proclivity, personality type goes unskewered. Great reading for the beach -- which is where I read much of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 melissa | 8/23/2011

    " Christopher Buckley's ability to make you love characters who you'd naturally like to hate prevails. While the fictional Trial of the Millennium had viewers glued to their tv sets worldwide, Buckley's rendition is an equally entertaining literary achievement. "

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

    " Irreverent style -- lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rie_dominique | 6/9/2011

    " ga ada kata-kata yang bisa mengungkapkan nilai buku yang satu ini.
    sebagai gambaran, saya sudah baca buku ini lebih dari 20 kali. hahahahaha.. 2 thumps up untuk Cristopher Buckley "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christy | 6/5/2011

    " Not his greatest, but a nice light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " First lady charged with murder. Mayhem ensues "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 4/22/2011

    " I didn't laugh quite as much as I have with other books by Christopher Buckley, but still a very enjoyable satire. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/31/2011

    " The courthouse is right next door to the Dept. of Labor. I don't know if I believe that they could park in the garage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/25/2011

    " From the author of "Thank You For Smoking" a comical and easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 melissa | 10/25/2010

    " Christopher Buckley's ability to make you love characters who you'd naturally like to hate prevails. While the fictional Trial of the Millennium had viewers glued to their tv sets worldwide, Buckley's rendition is an equally entertaining literary achievement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 10/20/2010

    " Irreverent style -- lots of fun. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is a journalist, editor, and novelist. His books include Steaming to Bamboola, The White House Mess, Wet Work, and Thank You for Smoking. His three novels were selected as Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. They have been translated into eight languages. He is the editor of Forbes FYI magazine, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two children, and dog.

About the Narrator

Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking Eric “Otter” Stratton in the 1978 comedy Animal House, but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since including critical accolades for his playing Vice President John Hoynes on the television series, The West Wing, which garnered him two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series.