cover image Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, read by Kimberly Farr. Random House Audio, unabridged, 14 CDs, 17 hrs., $45 ISBN 978-1-5247-2288-3

The sprawling narrative from journalists Allen and Pares incorporates multiple unnamed insider sources who agreed to share their firsthand experiences anonymously. A fair amount of straight-up dialogue materializes at key intervals, but the book’s foundation is extensive sections describing the perspectives of the key players in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the factors that contributed to her loss to Donald Trump. Veteran stage actress Farr juggles these elements smoothly, partly because her serious tone and metered pacing resemble the voice of Clinton herself. She also revs up the tension by adding extra weight to her voice in some of the more dramatic parts of the narrative, such as when the campaigners react to public statements made by then FBI director James Comey and—of course—the drawn-out events of election night. Farr helps the authors paint mental pictures for the audience. The threads will come together most clearly for those listeners who are already steeped in political news coverage. A Crown hardcover. (Apr.)