cover image PLAN OF ATTACK


Bob Woodward, , read by Boyd Gaines. . Simon & Schuster Audio, $26 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7435-3823-7

While researching this book, Woodward (All the President's Men ; Bush at War ) interviewed more than 75 individuals and spent three and a half hours over the course of two days with George W. Bush himself. The resulting account of the decisions made before and following the start of the Iraq war has raised hackles on both sides of the political spectrum. While many conservatives see it as a smear on the administration, many liberals feel Woodward has handled the situation with kid gloves (a criticism that is only reinforced by the fact that Plan of Attack is at the top of the President's reading list on his Web site). Reading in first person as Woodward, veteran actor and audiobook reader Gaines does a superb job of conveying this important information in a mature yet charged manner. His voice is smooth and measured, and his timing, modulation and emphasis are perfectly suited to both the material and to Woodward's narrative voice. Because it is done so well, Gaines's delivery becomes transparent—a window through which we can view Woodward's text without distraction. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover. (Apr.)