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Unbelievable Audiobook

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

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Publisher's Summary

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history.

Katy Tur was one of a select cadre of NBC reporters on the road during the grueling 2016 presidential campaign, reporting from small towns and venues across America for more than 16 months. At the beginning of the primaries, Tur was assigned the Trump campaign - a campaign widely considered a long shot by politicos and the media. But primary after primary, the novice outsider trumped his rivals and won the hearts and votes of many Republicans. His appeal to working-class whites, the GOP's traditional middle and upper middle class base, and conservative evangelicals took him all the way to the White House, astonishing the nation and the world.

Unbelievable is Tur's inside account of being embedded with the campaign, revealing what it was like to report on the most combative and volatile major party candidate ever to run for office and win. At first Trump tried to charm Tur into providing fawning coverage. When that didn't work, he stooped to berating and shaming her, stoking the rage of his legion of supporters - many who threatened Tur and other penned-in reporters at his events. The vitriol reached such a fever pitch that following one rally, during which Trump launched a personal attack against her, the Secret Service had to accompany Tur to her car. But Katy was not alone. Millions of Americans watched in disbelief as Trump ordered Tur to "be quiet" during one of his many press conferences and called her "disgraceful", "third-rate", "not nice", and "Little Katy". In response thousands of people across the country rushed to her defense, tweeting #imwithtur.

Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

©2017 Katy Tur (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    "Still don't understand why!!"

    Excellent listen. Binged until it had finished as I did with Hillary's book. US politics so complicated for a Brit....

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    Joshua 14/10/2017
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    Incredible insight into the election campaign and the world of journalism.

    A serious journalist for serious times, a must read book.

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    Kayli Heyse 16/09/2017
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    "L-O-V-E-D "

    Listened to on vacation and finished in two days. Extremely entertaining and gives true insight into an election that I still struggle to cope with.

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    Spinolli 07/11/2017
    Spinolli 07/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "interesting, insightful and telling."

    An incredible, albeit shockingly depressing story told in a lite and beautifully compelling way. I hope no one is able to ever give such a close account of his time as president simply because i dont hate a human being enough to want them to spend such time around the subject of this book. Katy Tur deserves our gratitude and sympathies for enduring such a task with so much gusto its actually enjoyable to hear or read about it.

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    15/09/17
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    "Gods. So true. So, so real."

    This was so real, so true. She started with the best of intentions but trump showed who he was. She spent MONTHS with him, attempting to show him on a good light but he just continually proves that he (trump) is an idiot.

    25 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • Anna
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    15/09/17
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    "Bullet proof Katy Tur!"

    I certainly enjoyed watching Katy report from the campaign trail. I watched in horror as she took remarkable abuse from trump. I am farther horrified by what we did not see on air. There should be some sort of metal awarded to the group of news reporters, TV radio and print, that endured this historically unprofessional treatment. As Americans we should take notice, the only thing that stands between us and a dictator is the fourth estate. Thank you to all the journalists who brought us the story of this god-awful election cycle.loved the book, and because I am spoiled by having Katy deliver my news, I prefer the audiobook!

    30 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl B
    Tourist Trap, Florida
    17/09/17
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    "It's hard to know what to say"

    Like the campaign it chronicles, this book is difficult to describe. There's a lot happening, and it's a bit difficult to process. That's not a slam at the author - Katy Tur captures the mood of the campaign - at least as I remember it - quite accurately, in all of its outrageousness and absurdity. There's also quite a bit of interesting information about the life and process of a campaign reporter and the supporting crew, which I found fascinating. There was even some interesting background on the author herself.

    I have doubts about whether the US can withstand an election more fraught than 2016's election, which means that this one is probably going to be a major chapter in our history. I have no doubt that this book will be an invaluable resource for those struggling to understand just what was going on in the winning campaign in America 2016. Be aware that if you're still reeling from the results of the election yourself, you may find this to be an unpleasant reminder of how we got here - I know that I did. But again, that is if anything to the author's credit - she painted a very vivid picture. Just be warned that looking at that picture may not be pleasant or easy for some.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • v2o777
    18/09/17
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    "ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE"
    Would you listen to Unbelievable again? Why?

    This takes one on a day by day tour with the one network reporter who followed Donald Trump through his entire election process. Great insight into how she felt when brutalized for being a part of the press. She uses much humor and it is a delight to listen to. I hope she will do more. Thank You Katy Tur.


    What other book might you compare Unbelievable to and why?

    It stands on its own.


    What does Katy Tur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tone of voice, laughter and it just felt like a friend sitting down and telling you the whole unbelieveable story. Much fun to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Please write more Katy, you have a real knack for it.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Annie B.
    West Palm Beach, Florida United States
    17/09/17
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    "Unbelievable is Perfectly Titled"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    One need look no further than the review commentary for this audiobook to see one of the problems plaguing American progress toward equality: misogyny. Ms. Tur provides a detailed look into her existence while in the trenches of the 2016 presidential campaign - many of her experiences terrifying by any measure. To see her labeled as "whiney" or dramatic is disappointing and discounts her credibility and award winning reporting. I admire Ms. Tur and her dedication to professionalism. She is courageous and well-documented.


    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Oceim Coronel
    15/09/17
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    "loved this book!"

    I truly love listening to this book narrated by it's aurhor the awesome Katy Tur. informative, enjoyable, funny and extremely entertaining.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Linda E.
    18/09/17
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    "KATY IS GREAT!"

    Katy Tur gives us an account of her experiences following Donald Trump for eighteen months of campaigning and his election. I know now why 'the Donald' kept calling her out - she was all over his campaign tactics and he hated it. Katy would not be intimidated. Her story is also a small, but reveiling look of her family and childhood.; which let's us see how Katy became the driven, smart journalist that she is. I loved the Audible version which Katy Tur really shines. Great!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • mimi
    14/09/17
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    "Great insight and well conveyed events"

    This truly was the most chaotic campaign in our history. I am glad Mrs Tur wrote a book about her experience. She conveyed the events with prodigious details.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • C P Heaney
    Springville Ca
    14/09/17
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    "Brilliant"

    I received both Hillary and Katy's book the same day they were launched. Started listening to both, not sure which to continue listening. It was Katy. Grand book, Katy. As a MSNBC viewer, I watched much of her escapade but not knowing the backstory. Now we have it in her own words and own voice. A adventure well told.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    Mauldin, SC, United States
    13/09/17
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    "You may have to listen to it in 1 go it's so Gr8"

    I was hooked immediately. Enthralled till the end. I watched the past 2 years wondering what it was like for her. They cut to her everywhere, in front of Trump tower & all over. Trump would talk smack, and I could see she was not standing down or shrinking. Her reading of it was excellent, engaging. The way she jumps around in time allows you to really absorb every aspect compared to doing it linear. This is one of my favorite memoirs.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful

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