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Friday, July 1, 2011

The Run (abridged audiobook) by Stuart Woods



A political thriller for people who do not really follow politics

The White House
Published in 2000 by HarperAudio
Read by Ken Howard
Duration: 5 hours, 39 minutes
Abridged

Ken Howard (most famous for his TV show The White Shadow) narrates this nearly 6 hour abridgment of The Run, a below par political thriller.

Filled with undeveloped story threads that promise something interesting but rarely delivers (the VP has alzheimers, militias are out to assassinate the candidate, the candidate's wife is a bigwig in the CIA, there's dirt on the candidate - all for naught) The Run is a great example of a political thriller for people who do not really follow politics. Lots of things won't sit right with folks who watch politics -primaries are still happening in July and August, there is at least one brokered convention (another one is hinted at but it may have been abridged out of my version), the amounts of money spent are tiny, even by year 2000 standards.

Perhaps strangest of all, Bill Clinton is referenced several times throughout this book which purports to be about the year 2000 election. Strangely, Clinton is not the president at the time of the 2000 election, nor had he been removed by impeachment in the story (Woods would have been writing this at the time of Clinton's impeachment). Why not make the election the 2004 or 2008 election? Not a big deal, but it still bothered me throughout.

Skip this one. If you want to read a good Stuart Woods thriller, read Chiefs or White Cargo.

I rate this audiobook 2 stars out of 5.

This audiobook can be found in abridged and unabridged formats on Amazon.com here: The Run by Stuart Woods.

Reviewed on November 6, 2008. 

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