cover image Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future

Take It Back: Our Party, Our Country, Our Future

James Carville, Paul Begala, , read by Begala with an intro. by Carville. . Simon & Schuster Audio, $29.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7435-5088-8

Finally, distraught and disenfranchised people have an audiobook that doesn't just bash Republican corruption and Democratic ineptitude, but addresses the serious problems facing the Democratic Party. What's more, Carville and Begala provide key insights on how to remedy the situation, something most of their contemporaries have yet to do. They strip each issue bare and look at the realistic choices the Democrats face. Continually reemphasizing the devastation of Republican economics, this duo shows how to reframe arguments and topics, so often thought to be Republican-dominated, such as religion, morality and war. Carville reads the introduction, explaining that this audiobook is the ultimate do-it-yourself guide for saving the Democratic Party. Though decent, his voice doesn't prove as engaging as Begala's, for the rest of the book. Begala's energy and mastery of the text makes him the more versatile. His emphasis proves key, as he must sometimes discuss complicated issues in an expedient but clear voice. He makes a sincere effort to keep his listeners following the points he and Carville want to make. Despite their obvious dismay and disappointment at the current state of politics, Begala maintains a jovial tone and an almost childlike excitement in his voice as he progresses through this book. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover (reviewed online). (Jan.)