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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Buckley Narrator: Anne Heche Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781600243752
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President of the United States Donald Vanderdamp is having a hell of a time getting his nominees appointed to the Supreme Court. After one nominee is rejected for insufficiently appreciating To Kill A Mockingbird, the president chooses someone so beloved by voters that the Senate won't have the guts to reject her -- Judge Pepper Cartwright, the star of the nation's most popular reality show, Courtroom Six.

Will Pepper, a straight-talking Texan, survive a confirmation battle in the Senate? Will becoming one of the most powerful women in the world ruin her love life? And even if she can make it to the Supreme Court, how will she get along with her eight highly skeptical colleagues, including a floundering Chief Justice who, after legalizing gay marriage, learns that his wife has left him for another woman?

Soon, Pepper finds herself in the middle of a constitutional crisis, a presidential reelection campaign that the president is determined to lose, and oral arguments of a romantic nature. Supreme Courtship is another classic Christopher Buckley comedy about the Washington institutions most deserving of ridicule. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Narrator Anne Heche has the right edge to her voice to underscore Buckley's wry humor. She also delvers warmth and sensitivity whenever needed....If you're comic sensibilities coincide with Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert, this incisive Buckley lampoon is right up your alley.—Tom Alderman, The Huffington Post
  • Buckley effectively ransacks the Washington political machine for his newest novel, disarmingly read by Anne Heche. No stranger to controversy herself, Heche takes a special glee in depicting media gone mad...Supreme satirical novelist Buckley gives the narrator plenty of clues, and Heche delivers the annoying laugh and calculating tones of justice wannabe Senator Mitchell with hilarious exactitude. Despite the preponderance of men in Supreme Courtship, it is the brilliant casting of Heche-who keeps Pepper present at all times-that gives this audiobook an edge over the print edition.—Publishers Weekly
  • “Great characters, great narrator, great fun: Politics was never so much fun before Christopher Buckley got a hold of it and gave it a good shake.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Everything you expect from good satire. The narrative is timely and amusing, but the real revelation is Janeane Garofalo's reading. She's great as the voice of Cassandra, the 29-year-old blogger who instigates this social revolution, and she's also excellent at voicing the roundtable of special interests-a right-wing evangelist, a dirty-tricks president, and a gung-ho senator who is an amputee. The result is a truly democratic audiobook that makes fun of all parties equally. AudioFile Magazine
  • “Once again, Buckley returns to his pet theme: the vanity and perfidy of the capital’s ruling elite. And once again he delivers serious insights along with antics…At a time of high political absurdity, Buckley remains our sharpest guide to the capital.”

    New York Times Review of Books

  • “Buckley’s ingenious and mischievous tale of a Washington shakeup via an injection of good old American authenticity is funny and entertaining…clever, merry, escapist.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

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

    " Classic Buckley. So good "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josie | 2/2/2014

    " Although not as strong as some of his other novels, Buckley is in fine form. This time his novel, 'Supreme Courtship', pokes fun at the United States' most venerable institution, the Supreme Court, and as usual, Buckley is spot on in capturing the absurdity, while sounding totally plausible, of politics in the Beltway, and the media that covers it. 'Supreme Courtship' kept me giggling all the way through, and was the perfect summer book--light (literally, too, at only 285 pages) and entertaining. "

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

    " Light, easy read. Lawyers will probably enjoy it more than non-lawyers because of all the law related jokes. Basically, a sassy Fordham Law grad manages to get on the Supreme Court and causes all sorts of trouble. Definitely recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noe Crockett | 1/31/2014

    " Again, I adore Christopher Buckley. This book was great fun. Pepper Cartwright is great, but what I love about Buckley's books is that they are from several character's perspectives and not just one. It makes for a much richer story. I also like how his books show how these seemingly silly government situations he comes up with in his books are actually possible because of loopholes existing in the way our government works. It's a bit frightening actually and definitely thought provoking. The more of his books I read, the more I want. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 1/16/2014

    " Very entertaining. Maybe not literature for all time, but provided a chuckling Saturday afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phillip | 12/23/2013

    " Vintage Buckley. Fun, easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray Charbonneau | 12/17/2013

    " Great idea, lame execution. Not up to his usual standard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crysta | 10/27/2013

    " Classic Buckley - snarky, cheeky and just within the realm of plausible. The second half wasn't as strong as the first, but I thoroughly enjoyed this as an antidote to election week reality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy Anthony | 10/16/2013

    " Quite good and kept me guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie Revert | 10/5/2013

    " This is so much fun to read in mid-Oct. of 2008. How did the author come up with his own "Sarah Palin" for the Supreme Court? He must be so pleased with himself! Lots of fun and also things to consider. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Ohlson | 9/10/2013

    " Extremely funny, laugh out loud satire of current political scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babette | 2/26/2013

    " I think if I were a lawyer I would've given it 5 stars but it's still very funny and a very fast read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Lemmon | 1/2/2013

    " Christopher Buckley, the author of Thank You For Smoking, is a hilarious and ironic author. Fun vacation read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 11/21/2012

    " Not great literature, but great fun! Enjoyed thoroughly. Audio book read by Anne Hecht. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 11/15/2012

    " Very funny political satire. Frustrated by senate resistance to confirming qualified nominees for the Supreme Court, the president nominates a Judge Judy sort of tv judge. Buckley is very funny about American media, politics, courts and court cases, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/19/2012

    " This book is hilarious. After several supreme court nominees are rejected, TV judge Pepper Cartwright is chosen for the job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 10/7/2012

    " This was great fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/29/2012

    " Buckley made Latin and the SCOTUS rather fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimi | 8/23/2012

    " Absolutely love Christopher Buckley. I get the inescapable feeling so much of his absurdity about the inner workings of Washington is true. He is consistently hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elizabeth george | 2/10/2012

    " Having read this book immediately after reading Sandra Day O'Connor's memoir enhanced my enjoyment. It is witty, ironic and rather rude. I loved it. I believe in mixing up the books and making sure I have one now and again that makes me laugh outloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ | 12/18/2011

    " Absolutely laugh out loud funny, and begging to be a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey | 9/29/2011

    " I just liked the premise: female TV judge nominated to become a justice of the Supreme Court who turns out to be a pretty durned good justice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wren | 6/16/2011

    " Fun, snarky, almost too pithy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keegan | 6/9/2011

    " Funny and witty but not a particularly special or impressive piece of literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rie_dominique | 6/9/2011

    " hmm....
    rasanya kalu baca Chistopher Buckley emang wajib ketawa nih... humornya yang sinis bikin sakit perut.
    walaupun istilah hukumnya banyak banget (in LATIN!!!) tapi tancap terusssss. hehehehehe... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 6/5/2011

    " Quite good and kept me guessing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rincey | 5/4/2011

    " I just couldn't do it. I don't think I do satirical novels very well bc I find it difficult to waste time with over-the-top characters with little to no redeeming qualities.

    If you like satire and politics, you might like this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 4/9/2011

    " ahhhh a fan of Mr. Buckley. learned a lot of Latin phrases.... this book is educational and amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 3/27/2011

    " First time for Buckley. He began with an interesting premise and it was fun reading until he started tossing in a lot of courtroom mumbo jumbo that just got boring. Some good stuff in between that at least kept me reading to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laird | 3/18/2011

    " Better than Boomsday by far, although not as strong a concept ( I sometimes think the concept for Boomsday should become law). Clever shoutouts to his dad thrown into the text for good measure. About as good as 'Thank you for smoking'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James | 3/7/2011

    " A little dissapointing as it comes following the wonder and fun of Boomsday. Still has moments that will cause laughter and the satire is razor sharp "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Solomong | 3/7/2011

    " Very funny. A good book to read when you need some humor and escape from reality! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 3/2/2011

    " I know I really enjoyed this when I read it, but I can't remember why. It might just be that I really enjoy Christopher Buckley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Writer | 3/1/2011

    " Sassy, good fun. The tale of what would happen if a TV judge landed on the Supreme Court. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 2/10/2011

    " The book had some moments of genius and great humor. I can tell that I'll like his other work as well, but this book in a whole seemed to fall short on wit, and story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/30/2011

    " Great fun read. Buckley's political experience provides an excellent satirical insight into the Washington DC he knows. "

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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

Anne Heche is an American actress. She has had leading roles in two theatrically released films Six Days, Seven Nights and Return to Paradise, as well as many supporting roles in films such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, Volcano, John Q, and Donnie Brasco. She also starred in the television series Men in Trees, Hung, and most recently Save Me.