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The Insider

The Scoops, the Scandals and the Serious Business Within the Canberra Bubble
Narrated by: Christopher Pyne
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
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Christopher Pyne has been many things and called many things throughout his long career in politics. Member for Sturt. Minister for defence. Manager of opposition business. Leader of the House. 'The Fixer'. Any Canberra story he doesn't know isn't worth telling.

Now, after 26 years, the ultimate insider is outside the House and ready to burst the Canberra bubble with his trademark sharp wit. His revelations of dealings, double dealings, friendships and feuds shine a light on the political processes of those in power: the egos, the sacrifices, the winners, the losers, the triumphs and the failures. From Howard to Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison, Christopher Pyne has seen and heard it all. The Insider is one of the most brilliant, funny, engaging audiobooks by an Australian public figure you'll ever listen to.

©2020 Christopher Pyne (P)2020 Hachette Australia Audio

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Light and insightful

Pyne is a wonderful story teller. This book is a collection of some of his best stories from a lifetime in politics. Light hearted, good humoured and intriguing; one of the best.

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Interesting to hear Pyne’s take on his life in job

Well edited and crisply told with a serviceable narration. Last chapter recorded at 1/3 speed- looks like an error with the quality control. Sounded suddenly as if he’d been possessed. Hopefully not meant to show a political conversion :-)

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From parliament to Death Star

An interesting insight from one of Australia's most interesting politicians. note: chapter 13 (acknowledgements) has been slowed down significantly and unintelligible. Pune, can you fix it mate?

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How to be (almost) liked in Australian politics

You won't find anything new in this book if you've read Malcolm Turnbull's or Nikki Savva's latest books, but it is refreshing to read a memoir by a poli that can laugh at themselves. Also best acknowledgements section I've ever heard, the sudden switch to 0.25 speed gave me a good giggle.

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To the editors.

To the editors. The last 2 minutes of the book has been slowed down to glacial speed and the words are unrecognisable. Otherwise a great read.

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Fine Political Novel

This book is “fine”. There was nothing ground breaking or new to learn from it that isn’t available from the Daily Telegraph articles from the same period. As an audiobook, the final chapter has Mr Pyne’s voice distorted so he sounds possessed - probably not the best ending to a book. Further, the chapter markers in the Audible app do not match up with the chapter markers in the audio.

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Insider captures the spirit of Australian Politics

I entered Federal Parliament on the same day as Christopher Pyne in 1993, but I was on the other side. As a Labor member for the seat of Lowe, I only had one term as an MP but this book is candid and has the ring of truth about it. It is factual and carries the atmosphere that only a player understands. It is also full of humour and insights into Australian politics and personalities. I laughed out loud many times. Mary Easson

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Riveting

Christopher describes his time in the Australian parliament as riveting. Every moment of it. Listening to his story, you gain a sense of his excitement at the career he chose and the opportunity to serve his nation. Christopher's work is insightful. His presentation, entertaining. I listened to it, pretty much non-stop and enjoyed every minute of it. As a Writer contracted to create the political thriller TV series, 'Power and Prophet', what I wouldn't give for the opportunity to pick this man's brain. Well done. Kind regards David Steinhoff

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Brilliant!

Loved it! One of the most entertaining yet insightful insights into politics in Australia. Chris Pyne doesn’t take himself too seriously and has you laughing along with him. One for both sides of politics.

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Nothing to see here...

While I don't share a political worldview with Pyne, I've read and enjoyed many political autobiographies from various sides of the fence and really enjoyed them. Sadly, this isn't one of them. The same quips and humour, which Pyne is known for, that were entertaining in a five second grab on the news, come across as petulant and entitled in a several hundred page book. Most of the great political memoirs I have read involve the author reflecting on their time with some level of objectivity. Sadly, this book is written purely through the lens of being a Liberal Party operative, which brings nothing new or interesting to the table. And, did we really need virtually an entire chapter to tell us that MP's crave media attention, and get snarky with each other when their colleagues get it and they don't? I think not. I remember thinking when this book was released, that it barely caused a whimper in the political media. I now understand that's because it's simply a narration of events which we all remember well, Sadly, Pyne brings no new 'insights' to the table and it's all just a really big disappointment.