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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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