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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hughes Narrator: Karen Hughes, Robert Hughes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107723
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"The rule of thumb in any White House is that nobody is indispensable except the president," said The New York Times, "but Karen Hughes has come as close to that description as any recent presidential aide." Karen Hughes has worked beside President George W. Bush since, as she says, "the motorcade was only one car and he was sometimes the one driving it." As counselor to the president, she brought the working mom’s perspective to the White House, often asking of President Bush’s policies, "What does this mean for the average person?" Yet the move from Texas to Washington was hard on her family, and in a controversial, headline-making decision that reverberated across America, she summoned the courage to say, "Mr. President, I love you, but I need to move my family home to Texas." There, Hughes continues to advise the president, where the kitchen wall calendar marks the State of the Union message side by side with her son’s orthodontist appointments. Reading Ten Minutes from Normal - the title comes from the campaign trail - one is instantly absorbed in what it’s like to be a "normal" person who goes to work at the White House as a part of the president’s inner circle. Told in Karen Hughes’s disarmingly down-to-earth, warm, often funny, and frank voice, the book is a remarkable blend of an ordinary woman’s life, with all its compromises and everyday decisions, and a keenly insightful look at American politics and America’s forty-third president. This is a book for the legions of women and men everywhere who are seeking new inspiration for how to reorder their priorities and achieve balance in their lives. Most important, in a post-9/11 world, Hughes redefines the very notion of what is "normal" as something special and precious, never to be taken for granted in America again. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

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

    " Good book until the last chapter where it got a little preachy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/3/2014

    " This is one I'd like to get back to eventually. She was an adviser to Pres. Bush in Texas and on the campaign. After 2 years in DC she left to go back to Texas so her son could finish high school there. I checked it out from the library and never got finished, but it was interesting to see a woman's perspective at that level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 12/27/2013

    " I enjoyed this real-life book about a woman with a family and a career. Hearing about her daily life was more instructional and encouraging than an advice-style book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 11/13/2013

    " This book is Karen Hughes' autobiography. Hughes was one of President Bush's closest advisers who left the White House to put her family first (which is why I picked the book up in the first place). While this book is about Karen Hughes, because she worked so closely with President Bush, it can't help but give an insider's perspective on the President and his administration. I loved the author's account of several various events that I recall hearing about on the news, but now I had the story from a different perspective. Also, Karen Hughes just has an interesting voice and is not afraid of being who she is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 10/28/2013

    " This is probably the most political book I've ever read. (It's really not political.) I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 10/21/2013

    " This was a great story about a woman who held true to her faith, and never lost sight of her priorities. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Noel | 9/7/2013

    " The information on Hughes and her journey to the White House was very interesting, but I found her deification of George W. Bush to be a little hard to swallow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 7/26/2013

    " Wow! What a rat race they live in! Very interesting insight of a person on the President's staff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alissa | 7/15/2013

    " The campaign storis were most interesting to me as the author was the communications director. She talks a lot about faith, God and her christiantity - which I skimmed through as it was a little too evangelical. She does describe things briefly and I gained insight into President Bush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karol | 5/25/2013

    " Exciting to read about her career as she ascended to the inner circle of advisors to President Bush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 5/24/2013

    " Although I found the stories interesting, I thought her writing should have been more engrossing. I thought it was pretty cut and dry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 3/23/2013

    " A great book about Hughes' struggle with motherhood vs. work ... As Bush's Press Secretary, her life was demanding and she was constantly travelling. The book really showed how she balanced it all and remained sane, while making big decisions about family first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Hanna | 1/4/2013

    " Quick read - interesting stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 11/21/2012

    " I loved this book. I didn't really like Hughes initially for some reason but after reading this book I really came away liking her a lot. I forget now why I ended up buying the book or if someone gave it to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 5/10/2012

    " I choose to read this book because of my career in public relations and found it an interesting personal story of behind-the-scenes politics. I like real-life stories and admire any woman that strives to find that balance between family and career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2011

    " Fabulous! I actually listened to this on CD and it was read by the author. It was truly honest and facinating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/3/2011

    " Very interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes of an American President. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Athena | 6/12/2010

    " Insightful perspective on executive transitioning from a career woman to a stay at home mom. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dee | 12/15/2009

    " I liked the portrait presented of G.W.Bush by someone who's known and worked with him for a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Harris | 10/28/2009

    " A friends of the HHI lIbrary find. An interesting look through her eyes of the the younger President Bush. As a writer, the authors style is polished and easy to read. An enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/4/2009

    " A must-read for working moms especially with home-schooled kids or are taking a leap to homeschooling. Plus, an inside info on White House and the Republicans' ideals. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Budd Dwyer | 3/24/2009

    " IF Eva Braun had written an autobiography it probably wouldn't have been as "sparkling" as the one from the "Queen of Death" of the Bush Regime. But it might have been more interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Clarence Goodman | 3/10/2009

    " Dreadfully dull. I expected more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 miriam | 12/9/2008

    " really like it. a bit self-congrat. but an interesting read on how politics work and good topic. "

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