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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Klein Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752724
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Hailed as “astonishingly powerful” by the New York Times, and “written perfectly” by the Washington Post, Joe Klein’s #1 bestseller, Primary Colors, was the most-talked-about political novel of the past century. Now acclaimed journalist and author Joe Klein returns with another brilliant and slyly subversive novel set in the gladiatorial arena he knows so well: politics in modern-day America.

U.S. senator Charlie Martin is a hot political property, dashing, honorable, irreverent—and a decorated Vietnam veteran. The Running Mate follows this brash hero on a wild, exhilarating ride through the minefields of politics as usual.

But as Charlie quickly learns, combat is a cakewalk compared with the battles waged by free men in pursuit of glory and power. For Charlie’s political star is beginning to wane…a bid for the presidency ends in failure…a young campaign volunteer’s father decks him—in front of the cameras…a well-kept secret from Charlie’s Vietnam days is revealed…and a woman has entered his life—one who loves him but is appalled by his life’s work.

Suddenly Charlie must confront the two greatest challenges of his life—a political opponent who has no scruples and a dazzling, unconventional woman who may force him to choose between love and politics. Charlie’ dilemma is one that has come to haunt contemporary American politics: Is it possible to be a good politician and a good man?

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 1/6/2014

    " A surprisingly good book--a good story about a US senator from "Des Pointe" in a midwestern state--but also surprisingly insightful about national politics & human relationships (which is, at root, politics). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 12/22/2013

    " Joe Klein's novel about American Politics...has the nice ring of an insider, or a truly closer observer, attempting to make sense of the wicked, complicated and financially corrupt crazy world of American Politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 12/8/2013

    " Unfortunately the Aberdeen library only had the abridged version, but I really liked it anyway. Joe Klein also wrote Primary Colors, which I adored, and this book was also politically driven and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the lovestory, since I endeavor to be a political wife. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/26/2013

    " Not the politically driven novel I expected, which was a nice surprise. Charlie Martin was, in fact, a senator but this is really a love and life story. I liked it more than I thought I would. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/24/2013

    " I was in the mood for some fluffy reading, and for me political books like this fit that bill. This book was really fun, though if you're not a political junkie like me, it could get tedious and maybe even boring at times. I like hearing about the ins and outs of Washington and campaigns . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Lyman | 6/1/2013

    " How did I not know about this book? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 12/13/2012

    " Ugh...only the third book in a lifetime of reading that I could not finish. Halfway through I stillo had not idea what the plot was and didn't care about the characters. I can't even sell this book at a garage sale. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ellen | 5/21/2012

    " Is it okay to rate a book if you didn't read it? Well, I thought I would enjoy this one, but within the first few pages the "f" word was used twice, and I decided that was too much. So I quit reading. The end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/27/2012

    " Ok, I like watching the Newsroom on TV better "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 1/22/2012

    " I could not get interested in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 1/10/2012

    " A U.S. Senator who is struggling in all facets of his life. It moves slowly in places and has a cast of thousands but is worth while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Wade | 9/25/2011

    " Most people don't know that Klein wrote a follow up to Primary Colors. This is probably better and if you're like me, you knew less about Bob Kerrey coming into this than you would Clinton coming into Primary Colors "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 8/24/2011

    " This was an audio tape. I don't remember why, but we did not care for the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 7/19/2011

    " What does a politician face when running for an office? Good insight with a love twist in this novel written in 3rd person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 5/20/2011

    " Really enjoyed Klein's novel. You got the inside look and feel of a real campaign, with the great story-telling of a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 12/26/2010

    " Not as good as Primary Colors but a decent fluffy political read to distract myself from this election season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 8/24/2010

    " Really enjoyed Klein's novel. You got the inside look and feel of a real campaign, with the great story-telling of a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/27/2010

    " A U.S. Senator who is struggling in all facets of his life. It moves slowly in places and has a cast of thousands but is worth while.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 3/21/2010

    " Joe Klein's novel about American Politics...has the nice ring of an insider, or a truly closer observer, attempting to make sense of the wicked, complicated and financially corrupt crazy world of American Politics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/5/2009

    " I was in the mood for some fluffy reading, and for me political books like this fit that bill. This book was really fun, though if you're not a political junkie like me, it could get tedious and maybe even boring at times. I like hearing about the ins and outs of Washington and campaigns . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 10/21/2008

    " Unfortunately the Aberdeen library only had the abridged version, but I really liked it anyway. Joe Klein also wrote Primary Colors, which I adored, and this book was also politically driven and enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the lovestory, since I endeavor to be a political wife. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 9/24/2008

    " This was an audio tape. I don't remember why, but we did not care for the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 4/4/2007

    " Most people don't know that Klein wrote a follow up to Primary Colors. This is probably better and if you're like me, you knew less about Bob Kerrey coming into this than you would Clinton coming into Primary Colors "

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About the Author
Author Joe Klein

Joe Klein is a political columnist for Time, formerly a staff writer for the New Yorker, and the author of the novels Primary Colors and The Running Mate, as well as of nonfiction books, including Woody Guthrie: A Life and Payback: Five Marines after Vietnam.

About the Narrator

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.