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Rodham

What If Hillary Hadn’t Married Bill?
Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
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What if Hillary Rodham had turned down Bill Clinton's proposal of marriage?

‘Awfully opinionated for a girl’ is what they call Hillary as she grows up in her Chicago suburb. 

Smart, diligent and a bit plain, that’s the general consensus. Then Hillary goes to college and her star rises. At Yale Law School, she continues to be a leader - and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. But when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm 'no'.

The rest, as they say, isn’t history. How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?

With her sharp but always compassionate eye, Sittenfeld explores the loneliness, moral ambivalence and iron determination that characterise the quest for high office, as well as the painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world ruled by men. 

Uncannily astute and witty in the telling, Rodham is a brilliant reimagining - an unmissable literary landmark and truly a novel of our times.

©2020 Curtis Sittenfeld (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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"Startlingly good. One of my favourite writers." (Kate Atkinson) 

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Utterly compelling! Highly recommend

Absolutely loved this book and could not stop listening. The writing is witty, believable and performance was also great!

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Excellent

Thoroughly recommend. Fascinating narrative and perfectly performed narration. Would that this book were non-fiction.

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BRILLIANT

I loved this - from beginning to end. . The only negative is that it’s not true!

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Fantastic

Took a little while to settle in with the narrator's voice but once I did it was a great listen

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Fabulous

I Couldn’t put it down. A must read. I totally recommend this book. Very well narrated

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Rodham...an alternative present

Gripped from the beginning by this book, "Rodham's" plausability is finely crafted by Settenfeld's storyline & wordsmithing, to provide speculation of an alternative USA, circa 2020.

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Wonderful

Brillient book about wondering .... what if? A look behind a sliding doors moment that could have lead to America’s first female president

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Absolutely Amazing and Wonderful

I loved every moment of this audiobook. It is so artfully written with the lines of reality and fiction blurred in the most delightful ways. The narration also is exceptional. I am surprised it hasn’t won dozens of literary awards. Thank you Curtis, Carrington and the village of creative and clever people who helped bring it to life.

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A genius sliding doors premise

The sliding doors premise of Curtis Sittenfelds ‘Rodham’ is clever and captivating. What would happen if Hilary didn’t marry Bill ? You’ll have to read to find out. As a politics buff, this book still managed to change my thinking about things I thought were no-brainers . The made up Trump anecdotes (that are borrowed from real world anecdotes yet set in a new context) made me laugh out loud (and rewind so I can hear again!).

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If only it was true!

If only a part of the story reflects Hillary Rodham’s life, America has missed out on a wonderful president. Remarkable story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-06-2020

Felt authentic and written with love

Brilliantly narrated. As for the writing, I felt I really got to know and like and care for Hillary. Made me think about equality and privilege.

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  • papapownall
  • 18-06-2020

Fanciful re-imagining is "Hillarious" fun

This book re-tells the life story of Hillary Rodham based on fact up a "Sliding Doors" moment in 1975 when, instead of marrying Bill Clinton she decides to make her own way in politics. The story is written in the first person and we hear of Hillary's early life where is a confident and self opinionated nine year old from Chicago. At Yale where she is the brightest year in her year she meets Bill Clinton for the first time and is lured by his water melons. Although Bill is not her first lover she falls for him despite his philandering even in these early years. "Male urges have made a fool of me" says Bill as he is caught by Hillary with yet another woman. The majority of men run for power because they want to, the majority of women run because someone suggests they should. In the re-imagined story, Hillary takes several years to reach her potential driven by a wish to talk truth to power. In the somewhat fanciful re-telling of the Hillary story, she runs against Bill Clinton for the Democrat nomination and, as you would expect by now, wins following an endorsement from, of all people Donald Trump. We are entering the world of complete fantasy as Hillary Rodham (she never marries) becomes the first woman President of the United States beating Jed Bush. Some of the imagined "facts" are hilarious, eg Hillary's 23 minute acceptance speech and a strange episode where she asks one of her advisers to shave her legs in the back of a car. It is no surprise that a book of this type has been published in the year of the US Presidential elections. Apparently the author has penned a similar story based on First Lady Bush. Although strange, it is more entertaining that I expected.

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  • Mr. Roderick McKenzie
  • 30-05-2020

A very good listen

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It’s based on ‘what if?’ but contains more than enough facts to navigate us through different events. As a novel, it works really well, and it’s read with warmth and personality.

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  • Jason Walsh
  • 04-07-2020

Rushed the ending

Great book, a bit too much sex at the start and then fast forwarded the ending. Who doesn’t love election night?

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  • Mr. John Grierson
  • 09-10-2020

UTTER RUBBISH

I tried and tried again because the name attracted me. Then I stopped. This is an awful book

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  • J. Pritchard
  • 07-10-2020

Brilliant

I loved every minute of this book and the narrator was absolutely superb. I am really going to miss the escapism of the story and the mellifluous tones of the narrator. I read it at the time that Donald Trump was lying to the American people about COVID-19 and of course it made me wish with all my heart that this book was an autobiography! The research, the depth of knowledge, the witticism and the inspiration of this book is wonderful. I feel quite bereft now I have finished it and truly hope the upcoming elections deliver a change in direction away from the Trump ugliness that the world is seeing in the USA

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  • Alan Everitt
  • 04-10-2020

Exceptional

The best book I have read this year. Truly magnificent. Her best so far in a sterling collection.

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  • Pamela Baker
  • 27-09-2020

Incredible!

I loved this soooo much, what a wonderful emotional journey. Curtis I hope you read this - you are my favourite author and your ability to take me to another world has gotten me through so many difficult times in life. I cried so much at the end of the book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2020

Perfect for Insomniacs

I really struggled to get into this and felt the story was a real slog. It all just seemed laboured.

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  • Bad Teacher
  • 03-09-2020

I grew to hate this..

Great premise. Interesting and credible University years. As it progressed I found it pretty insulting to Mrs Clinton.