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Catapulted onto the international stage with her grace and compassion following the Christchurch mosque shooting, prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern is a leader for a new generation. 

The world's youngest female head of government, and only the second elected world leader to give birth while in office, Ardern describes herself as a progressive and a social democrat. 

In this revealing biography, journalist Madeleine Chapman discovers the woman behind the headlines. Politically engaged from an early age, Ardern has encountered her fair share of sexism, but rather than let that harden her, she advocated 'rising above' critics. In her first press conference, she announced an election campaign of 'relentless positivity' - the tactic was a resounding success. But can Ardern live up to her promise? And what can we learn from the world's reaction to this inspiring leader?

©2020 Madeleine Chapman (P)2020 Aurora Audio Books

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Boring.

Badly written. Really, really badly written. A simple listing of life events with some anecdotes that are not really anything worthwhile. Repeatedly using the phrase "not cool, but not uncool" to finish a chapter. It would be perfect as a treatment for insomnia if the style wasn't also infuriating at the same time. Listened to it in the car and the complete lack of skill made me actually angry and kept me awake for the journey. I gave up after 2.5 hours.

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Educational and Inspirational

Well written and easy to follow. This book offers a respectful insight into a woman who has become so well known. Can’t wait for book two!

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Disappointing

Ido not know what i expected. But it was a boring book..I admire Jacinda but this was sad.

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Fantastic!!

Thank you very much Madeleine for this wonderful biography. Beautifully narrated by Kirsty Gillmore. Highly recommend.

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Loved it

Loved listening to everything about this very inspirational leader.
I did find some stories a little long winded & I'm not sure they added value.
The narrator has a unique voice that takes a bit to get used to, but she grows on you.

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excellent book

a leader that is kind , tolerant and selfless , is a breath of fresh air in today's intolerant world. Jacinda Arden , you wonderful .

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Perfect book

This is a good book for people who interested to know the character of Jacinda Ardern and how she deals with the problems and other things that happened in New Zealand. I love how she deals with other people who choose NZ to live in and how she respects and cares about their religious, interests and needs.

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I really liked it

Sometimes balanced summertime not but a great overview of a wonderful woman. Thank you very much

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Superficial adoration of Ardern.

Do not waste your time. There is no substantive investigation into the Adern story here. This book is a love letter from the author to Adern. Nothing more.

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Premature.

It seemed a little strange to publish so early in her political career and also while the events that were related are still fresh in one's memory - however, her childhood and pre-parliament days are not that well known and these were the most interesting.

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Great listen

It was written before her success with handling the pandemic and it kinda ended on a note where she's known to put women leaders on the map by being the 2nd prime minister to give birth while in office but her capabilities were still to be seen.

Well I guess we know how that story ends.

Good read. I personally was more interested in her personal life vs her political moves but it is refreshing to see a politician actually doing what they're supposed to do - serve the people.

But it also validates the cynical side of humanity where you can be the kindest person in the world and there will be critics who say you're just all style no substance because the world gives you too much publicity. Haters gonna hate.

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  • 19-09-2020

informative. simply written and nicely narrated.

loved the narration. very natural like listening to a conversation. easy to listen to. great

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