I enjoy Steven Colbert and until recently, was a long-time subscriber to the Colbert Report's iTunes Podcast. The funniest thing about "I Am America (And So Can You) is its title and some parts of its introduction. To his credit, Cobert virtually warns readers that the book was just thrown together at his kitchen table, but by that time, the listener had already purchased it or gasp... thrown away a credit. In my opinion, he threw the book together in one extemporaneous sitting during which he must have smoked, drank or popped something that made him think that what he was writing or dictating, was funny. I was expecting the book to have the same brilliant, bitting, sardonic humor that has made him an icon; the type of humor that was never more on display than during his now-legendary speech at the White-House-Press-Corp Dinner. What I found was an immature-180 of that, loaded with HS lunch-room-level humor The danger is that a couple of more of these books will make that Press-Corp speech seem like a distant memory and I suggest he write no more. I became so bored with this book that I did something I had never done before with an Audible download; I deleted it in the middle of a listen. "I am America" has only one saving grace; its 12.24 Platinum-Member price made it a palatable loss. I would have felt totally robbed had I used a credit to purchase this poor excuse for an audio book.
Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century
Doesn't offer anything to think about. His writers must have been on strike when he put this out. Love the show.
I think Colbert might benefit from the play he gets off his audience and guests. He just doesn't come across as funny in a straight-up audio book. I stopped listening / reading about halfway through, I just found myself losing interest and paying attention to other things instead of the book.
I adore him on the Report, and try never to miss it, but this sounded to me like "out-takes." The religion descriptions are pretty funny, though, and I'm sure die-hard fans will love it.
As soon as I saw this title for sale I bought it immediately and listened to it straight until the end. I was not disappointed by this book. It is one of the funniest books out there. If you enjoyed "America (The Book)" you will love this. It is brilliantly read by Stephen Colbert along with many guest voices such as Jon Stewart and Amy Sedaris. My only problem was that it wasn't long enough. I am definitely going to buy the book when it comes out as well. Stephen is an American hero!
This book rode high on the hog for a majority of it. I truly enjoyed it. There were a couple moments that didn't resonate with me (the Steven speaks for me sports fan spots) but other than that, it was really great satire that you'd expect from Mr. Colbert. Loved it.
This book is typical Colbert style laugh out loud funny. I listened to it on the train and I am sure people around me thought I was crazy for just laughing to my self.