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Party Animals

The Secret History of a Labor Fiasco
Narrated by: Leah McLeod
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, Political
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Secrets, lies, lawyers and covert recordings. If you thought the 2019 election was just about a death tax that didn't exist, you're in for a surprise.

From the dark arts of the dirt units to the role of billionaire Clive Palmer, this is the untold story of an election debacle. The Labor Party was the unbeatable favourite to win the 2019 election right up until the polls closed and voters delivered the surprise verdict. 

If the results staggered pundits, they also shocked Bill Shorten and his frontbench, who had spent the final weeks of the campaign carefully planning for their first days in office.

Party Animals uncovers the secret history of a Labor fiasco, the untold story behind Scott Morrison's miracle.

©2020 Samantha Maiden (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Well researched and insightful

Party Animals is very well researched and i recommend it to anyone with an interest in politics, regardless of their own political alignment. My only criticism is that i felt the narrator's voice mimicking of quotes to be sometimes unpleasantly patronising.

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Contrived Voices

Not a bad analysis of the election process and the outcome but spoiled by the contrived voices used for quotes.

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Error-riddled reading marred fairly interesting book

This was largely a recitation of already well-known (and, in some cases, practically antiquated) political events and anecdotes. Its real value lay in the sprinkling of quotes from the first-hand interviews with insiders who, in the main, were keen to point fingers at others to divert blame from themselves for Labor’s 2019 loss. That was interesting stuff.

While not the author’s fault, the audio book was so replete with mispronunciations - both of well known individuals’ names (eg. Loughnane) and of ordinary words (eg. stipend, seconded, etc) - that it was occasionally painful to listen to. Surely they could’ve gotten someone a bit more literate, if not familiar with the political protagonists, to read the book?

Sam Maiden would be cringing if she listened to it.