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I read this book years ago and had forgotten how much I loved it. It was even better listening to him narrate it-I laughed out loud more than a few times while driving and listening to it. I have always been a HUGE fan and he makes being a liberal democrat in a RED state just a little bit more bearable. I doubt that any conservatives would enjoy it however.
I've listened to this twice. It's so good. I'll listen to it again. He's ruthless with those horrible right winger liars. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Listened to this on an extended car ride with adult kids- enjoyed the commentary not always balanced but usually funny. We did have to stop it many times to have the discussions that it provoked.
Al can be funny, there is no doubt. The thing he can't seem to be is accurate. He can libel and insult anybody and everybody that does not agree with him with the best of the leftist nitwits. If you are a leftist who enjoys listening to funny B.S., you'll love this book. If you are kind of into things like the truth and accuracy, this one might not be for you.
I never listened to Franken on the radio or in print. I like the documentation work, and after I knew I can trust it (I verified a few items picked at random, knew some for facts, and then trusted the rest) it's very entertaining reading. One thing that I find a little irritating is the sarcastic tone of the author, sometimes. I would rather have the facts straight, without the irony. Humor is fine, but he is a bit too caustic for my taste. Although I'm pretty sure after listening that it's all warranted.
Right-wingers and Fox News fans are not going to like it but Al takes various folks to task for their statements (well, ok, mostly misstatements). He does so intelligently, fairly, with solid research and, best of all, humor. The book can get a bit tedious at times as Al strives to make his points detailed. The decision to include actual voice audio of other people at times is interesting but usually jolting and/or of lower quality which can be a bit annoying. Also the audio book contains content not in the printed version. Overall probably a more 'fair and balanced' look at political life and certainly entertaining and thought provoking.
Al is the left book end to match someone like Rush Limbaugh or Michael Savage on the right. The difference is that his far out (far left) rhetoric is even more outlandish and bombastic than either Limbaugh or Savage (many, particularly on the left, didn't think that was even possible!)! I'm sure(?) this is intentional and in keeping with his roots and gifts in comedy, he does still make me laugh. My advice to Al is to go back to what he knows for sure, and leave the political commentary to those who are more impartial & balanced than he is...like Limbaugh!
This was a funny, thought-provoking, well-constructed audiobook from the reverb sound effects of God to the actual clips of Limbaugh shows. [Was amazed they could include right-wing clips legally] It uses the audiobook medium to its full advantage. Al Franken presents a damning fact-filled argument against the notion that conservatives are fair and the media has a liberal bias. The chapters on anti-terrorism efforts under the Clinton vs Bush administrations is particularly troubling.
I have recommended this audiobook to other friends but must also append a caveat: Al goes overboard occasionally and it hurts the acceptability of his important message. One example is his comparison of John Walker Lindh and confederate army soldiers. Franken says anyone who fought on the confederate side of the Civil War was a worse traitor than John Walker Lind (the American Taliban), but unfortunately, such reductionist ways of looking at complex issues is similar to the conservative mindset that Franken skewers. Was the Civil War a simple black-and-white racial struggle or were there at least elements of state/local outrage against what they perceived as heavy-handed federal intrusions? Is there any difference between a few who plot against the many versus millions who want to secede and form a new state? There were other examples of Franken being a bit dogmatic or too flippant, and this detracts and possibly prevents this work's consumption by Americans who *should* get Franken's message.