Three star review, originally posted here on June 4, 2019.
Meh, kinda repetitive, and the characters were stupid. (har har)
Okay, no, for real, I’m not sure how to review a Special Report, but I read the whole damn thing, so I’m gonna try. First of all, I listened to the audiobook, which is pretty much as tedious as you would assume. The first half, regarding the Russian interference, wasn’t too bad, but by the time we got to obstruction of justice, things honestly did just get super repetitive. I kept wondering if I’d somehow skipped backwards in the recording. Dry material combined with extreme repetition made it pretty difficult to remain focused here. The narrators did an ok job making it sound as interesting as possible (the guy doing the second half sounded like the dude from “Unsolved Mysteries,” which helped, and he also got to read quotation that involved swearing, which was very funny), but in the end, you know, it’s a giant heavy report. So I admit I definitely zoned out completely for large chunks of it.
Still, I’m glad I at least gave it a go, and I think it’s worth it for every American to try to do the same. If, however, you realize that’s just not realistically going to happen, I suggest reading the introductions, summaries, and headings to get a solid grasp on the contents. Also check out the president’s written answers located deep in the appendices.
Now please excuse me while I go smash my head against the wall and cry for my country.