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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of You Can't Spell America Without Me by Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen.

Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump's presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars and experts on greatness generally.

"I have the best words, beautiful words, as everybody has been talking and talking about for a long time. Also? The best sentences and, what do you call them, paragraphs. My previous books were great and sold extremely, unbelievably well - even the ones by dishonest, disgusting so-called journalists. But those writers didn't understand Trump, because quite frankly they were major losers. People say if you want it done right you have to do it yourself, even when 'it' is a 'memoir'. So every word of this book was written by me, using a special advanced word processing system during the many, many nights I've been forced to stay alone in the White House - only me, just me, trust me, nobody helped. And it's all 100 percent true, so true - people are already saying it may be the truest book ever published. Enjoy."

Until Donald Trump publishes his account of his entire four or eight or one-and-a-half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President.

He was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man always eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others' flaws as well as his own excellence. Now that refreshingly compulsive un-PC candor is applied to his time as leader of the free world. The mind-boggling private encounters with world leaders. The genius backroom strategy sessions with White House advisers. His triumphs over the dishonest news media. The historic, world-changing decisions - many of them secret until now. What he really thinks of Melania and Ivanka and Jared, Donald Jr. and Eric and the other one.

©2017 Alec Baldwin (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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"Hilarious. Unbelievable." ( The Sunday Times Books of the Year)

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A welcome satire on a scary situation

I did often chuckle, but in the horrifying knowledge that Trump just isn’t that proficient in English - there’s a limit to what a comedian can do when the subject has a small vocabulary and a smaller mindset. Fortunately Trump has not had a classical or historical education, or he’d be off at the Olympics winning every Gold, like his soulmate Nero, also plagued by fake news, propagating nasty stories that Nero didn’t win - just because he fell out his chariot at the start of the race - no impediment for glory, obviously- Nero actually managed to rearrange the Olympic year to coincide with his tour of Greece, causing much confusion, and built a Golden House on land cleared by a suspicious fire -
don’t tell Trump, please, he’ll get ambitions to be declared a god.
Poor old Nero- all those evil dishonest journalists-Suetonius, Tacitus, Cassius Dio, and 2000 years later a modest rehabilitation by historians in need of a boost to the CV.
Those who mocked the Caesars usually found themselves exiled to some uninhabitable island or ordered to commit suicide like Seneca. Social media do the same job.

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Brilliant (when Alec Baldwin reading)

I am really really torn about this audiobook.

First thing to be aware of - ALEC BALDWIN DOES NOT READ THE ENTIRETY OF THIS AUDIOBOOK.

And that’s the tricky part. Because when he IS reading it (probably circa 35-40% of the book, or maybe a little more), it is SIMPLY BRILLIANT. I was in two minds whether to get this because whilst SNL is amusing, it’s pretty soft, obvious broad humour. But this book it really really biting nasty satire - and when Baldwin reads it, it is laugh out loud funny - as I did, embarrassingly, walking around in public listening to it.

But when Baldwin ISN’T reading it (which is to my mind utterly inexcusable - I think if Hillary Clinton can read the entirely of her magnum opus, the least Baldwin could do is read all of this pretty short book!) it is so much flatter, less interesting and less funny.

So make of that what you will - if you can get it cheap, the best bits are amazing - but just don’t expect a consistent experience. SAD! ;-)

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Only Alec can do Trump

Didn't like that Alec Baldwin didn't narrate the whole book and stay in character! Once Kurt Anderson began he just couldn't do Trump and it lost its appeal as Alec has the knack to sound like Trump and deliver the lines with way he says it raising his tone of voice as necessary ie Quote like "Thirsten Howl the third!" That is hilarious! But if he stayed in character this book would have been excellent! Skipped many chapters after I heard Anderson ( no offence) doing Trump! Just did not sound like him or deliver lines way Alec does them to perfection! Please redo this book just with Alec! O

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Hilarious for lovers & haters

If you love Alec Baldwin on SNL, you will love this witty take on of the world's craziest man!!! 😂😂😂

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A bit repetitive .

It is quite funny but if I'm honest I'd have to say it gets very repetitive. I'm sure it could have been less than half the time.

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Very funny

Would be 5 stars except that half of it is not Alec Baldwin doing the trump voice. Very funny nonetheless