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Speaking Out Audiobook

Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics

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Publisher's Summary

On the night of 7 May 2015, Ed Balls thought there was a chance he would wake up the next morning as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Instead he woke up without a job.

For two decades he had occupied a central position within Labour, rising from adviser to Cabinet Minister during the years in power and Shadow Chancellor in Opposition. Throughout one of the most tumultuous periods in recent British history, he made a point of speaking out, whatever the consequences. But on that May morning, he was silenced.

Speaking Out is a record of a life in politics but also much more. It is about how power can be used for good and the lessons to be learned when things go wrong. It is about the mechanics of Westminster and of government. It is about facing up to your fears and misgivings and tackling your limitations - on stages public and private.

It is about the mistakes made, change delivered and personalities encountered over the course of two decades at the front line of British politics. It is a unique window into a rarely seen world. Most importantly, it explains what politics is about and why it matters.

©2016 Ed Balls (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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    SteveF 15/11/2016
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    "Interesting in parts but spoiled by narration"

    Normally like books narrated by he writer but for me Ed's voice actually spoiled it. May try it as a book sometime but have returned the audiobook.

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    Sarah R. 15/04/2017
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    "A great listen, hugely informative and very human"

    A great book, insightful and theoretically well informed. A super blend of political insight, economic theory and immense humanity. I felt that I knew Ed Balls by the end and would love to go to Harvard to hear his lectures!

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    Matthew Wood 23/03/2017
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    "A Good Listen"

    More philosophical and certainly not the memoir I expected. The book is an enjoyable read and worth a listen if not for his personal insights in to life. informative on the more human side of politics. His narration is a nice change from the norm.

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    Ms NA Collins 14/03/2017
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    "very interesting account of his experiences"

    the ground covered by the book is wider and more varied and his head on approach is different from that I saw in the short tv and Commons exposure. I agree with far more of what he is saying in the book than I thought I would. Labour especially has lost a vital member from the benches I wish there were more like him.
    I listened to all the book and had members of the family listen to a number of extracts that were amusing and or unexpected. I have recommended it to friends who like me have worked with local and national politicians as one of the people we would have appreciated rather than suffered.

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    "Thematic Bio that works well and is interesting"

    Interesting to here all the little anecdotes from his time in Poltics, if you like biographies worth a go

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    "A personal account with great insight and humour"

    I really enjoyed Ed Ball's political autobiography. Great insights and it reveals a lot about the Blair, Brown and Cameron/Milliband years. A lot of humour too and a warm, personal account.

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    "Disappointing."

    I'd heard great things about this book. a shame it failed to deliver. very dull.

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    "Really enjoyed this book"

    I wasn't a fan of Ed Balls but this book changed my thinking: respect Mr Balls

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    What did you like most about Speaking Out?

    The honesty and way Ed is capable of reflection and awareness of mistakes is refreshing. I am so gad he narrates it himself. If you are interested in politics of any colour or interested in current affairs this is a must listen. I wish so much he was leading Labour not Corbyn!


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    "Made even more powerful by author's narration"

    Ed Balls shares some of his insight and experiences at the top of politics with admirable reflection of what failed as well as succeeded. The section on managing privacy for the family was fascinating and issues around his and others' stammers were moving and informative too. The most useful chapters were where politics combines with the economy and which should lead which. The fact Ed Balls gives the narration dramatically improves the impact and emphasis on his thoughts and lessons for the future. Balls has lectured at Harvard since losing his seat in 2015 and through this audiobook we get an impressively reflective lecture on a wide range of material that poses as many questions as it answers, but is no worse for that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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