It’s been just over a year since the 2016 election, and, if you’re like me, you might still be struggling to figure out what the hell happened. Well, guess what? An intelligent person intimately involved with the election wrote a book all about it. And, for a few weeks, I listened to hear read me that book every day as I drove to and from work. And I loved it. So, naturally, this month’s audiobook of the month is:
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Read by Hillary Rodham Clinton
16 hours and 50 minutes
I’ll be very honest: I was super skeptical about this book when I first heard about it. So many articles about it made it seem like Clinton spent much of the book complaining, and I could definitely see how that might be the case. But it’s not true.
This book is brilliant, and I think I liked it so much more because Clinton read it to me. I learned so much, not just about the 2016 election, but about the entire process in general (and I’m a little bit of a political science nerd). It was really enlightening, and I loved it. One thing I will say is that this book took me back through the whole range of emotions I felt last year, and I had a couple of semi-angry days after listening to this on my way to work. In a lot of ways, it was like reliving what happened, and that’s not something I particularly enjoyed (even though I don’t regret it).
Overall, though, I think this made me much more aware of what actually went on last year. I also learned a lot more about Clinton’s policies (which the media didn’t seem to cover because stupid is more entertaining). I think it made me a better voter in that I’m more aware of how the process works and what I should be paying attention to. And I really think it gave me the last bit of closure I needed to stop being so angry about what happened and move on to what we can do next. I highly recommend What Happened, either as an audiobook or in physical form.
If you’re interested in this audiobook, you can use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible, and choose What Happened as one of your free books! (You get to keep them even if you cancel, so you don’t really have anything to lose.)
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you have a favorite audiobook, share it in the comments – I’m always looking for good audiobook recommendations.