By: Wil Haygood
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Publication Date:August 13, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The beginning of The Butler had me hook, line and sinker. We get to meet Mr. Eugene Allen, the butler of eight presidents, and his lovely wife, Helene. Will Haygood reflects on how he was invited into their home as they anxiously await the results of the pending election where the first African American could become president.
And that is about where the story ended. What was left was a lot of memories spaced between talk about how African Americans are portrayed in movies. What most people hope for is the gossip of what happened during Eugene’s time in the White House. But Eugene holds to his loyalty to those presidents and doesn’t let those interesting tidbits out.
To sum up my feelings of this audio book is I felt it was a lot of promotion for the movie. There was only a sliver of a story but what was there was good, I just wanted more of that and less of the promotional aspect of it.