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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Billy Lee Brammer Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2016 ISBN: 9781440796227
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Since its 1961 publication, Billy Lee Brammer’s book inspired by Lyndon B. Johnson has gained a cult following. It has been praised by the New York Times, Gore Vidal, and Larry King, and has been ranked alongside All the King’s Men as one of the great American political novels.

Brammer, who served on Lyndon Johnson’s staff, uses his knowledge as a political insider to show the good and the bad of politics. Three interlocking tales each feature a different protagonist—a state legislator, a junior senator, and the governor’s press secretary—and illuminate the figure of Arthur ‘Goddam’ Fenstemaker, a master politician and the governor of Texas. Considered a ruthless, exuberant politician, Fenstemaker works for the ultimate good of the people, even though he often employs questionable methods.

After receiving glowing critical acclaim for The Gay Place, Brammer was unable to write another novel praised so highly. Consequently, this novel stands alone in its portrayal of Texas—and American—politics.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/28/2013

    " Often mentioned here, in Austin, Texas, as being the quintessential historical representation of modern Texas politics. It's not nearly as dry as that sounds, since modern Texas politics can be fascinating; The Gay Place is so well-crafted it would be worth reading just for the novel aspect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick O'Connor | 9/30/2013

    " Interesting character insight into LBJ if you believe Fenstemaker was based on Johnson. The three stories are woven together exceptionally well, and it still really captures the spirit of Austin, Texas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 9/6/2013

    " About Texas poiltics, culture and shenanigans (read: LBJ)in the 50-60's. I wasn't there but he makes it sound like god-damned good time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 6/5/2013

    " Best novel on American politics bar none. Brammer was a press secretary for LBJ in the 1950s, so he knew very well what he was writing about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca | 12/7/2012

    " Make sure to read the edition with the brilliant introduction by Don Graham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H L | 7/3/2011

    " Brilliant political portrait, easily on a par with All the King's Men. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Robbins | 12/31/2010

    " Maybe the best political novel ever written. Rich, scintillating, shocking -- and informed by exeperience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 6/18/2010

    " This is essential reading for anybody interested in American politics/society. Sort of like watching The Wire in the 1950s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Huyser | 4/11/2010

    " This book is vivid and very well-written. It was, in fact, a bit hard to read at first for those very reasons. But it's a real classic, full of color and verve. Made me a bit more aware of / cynical about politics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria Berry (Ripple) | 4/9/2010

    " This book paints a clear picture of how in politics there is no such thing as a healthy, committed, noble relationship in any sense of the word. Yes, this is what I took away from this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 1/5/2010

    " About Texas poiltics, culture and shenanigans (read: LBJ)in the 50-60's. I wasn't there but he makes it sound like god-damned good time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/9/2009

    " This book is vivid and very well-written. It was, in fact, a bit hard to read at first for those very reasons. But it's a real classic, full of color and verve. Made me a bit more aware of / cynical about politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 3/14/2008

    " Interesting character insight into LBJ if you believe Fenstemaker was based on Johnson. The three stories are woven together exceptionally well, and it still really captures the spirit of Austin, Texas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/26/2008

    " Often mentioned here, in Austin, Texas, as being the quintessential historical representation of modern Texas politics. It's not nearly as dry as that sounds, since modern Texas politics can be fascinating; The Gay Place is so well-crafted it would be worth reading just for the novel aspect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 2/24/2008

    " This is essential reading for anybody interested in American politics/society. Sort of like watching The Wire in the 1950s. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 7/9/2007

    " Best novel on American politics bar none. Brammer was a press secretary for LBJ in the 1950s, so he knew very well what he was writing about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blanca | 5/3/2007

    " Make sure to read the edition with the brilliant introduction by Don Graham. "

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About the Author

William Lee Brammer was an author, journalist, and political staffer in Texas and Washington, D.C.. He is best known for his set of three linked novellas, The Gay Place.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.