This was a great read(Listen). Well worth the time. I found myself sitting in my car after arriving at my destination to learn more wacky history as told by the author. Bravo.
Obscure, delightful, poetic and hilarious - I would buy, read, watch and listen to anything by Sarah Vowell. She makes me proud to be an American. This is the best thing I have ever listened to from Audible. Do yourself a favor and get this one.
This book suffers badly from the author reading it herself. There was never much inflection in her voice, mostly annoying and monotone. If it were read by someone else, I may have rated it higher.
Great listen while trying to sleep.
I'm going to purchase the book, as much of the book was interesting.
Yes, I did. I found it oddly beautiful, a tid creepy now and then, and wierdly poetic. It gave a fine view, and offered itself up as a starting place to think of so much else. Oh, and it is funny. Thanks Sarah.
I don't think anybody realizes that Sarah Vowel was the voice of the daughter Violet in the Pixar movie "The Incredibles." A video essay of hers called "Vowellette" is featured on the DVD, and she is hilarious in it and very smart. Based on that, I am definitely buying this book.
This is horrible. I have only finished 1 hour of it, and I have come to that conclusion; actually I knew after 2 minutes, but I was hoping it would get better. The author may have had better luck if she had someone else narrate the book, but honestly I'm not sure that would hide the terrible sarcasm/wit she was trying to achieve. The narrator/author's voice is reminiscent of a simpleton reading an unknown passage (which shouldn't be to the author) with a Jr. High School voice and inflection. Just horrible.
This book might be construed as false advertising. I was looking for a different, humorous read and thought Ms. Vowell might be just the thing. However, it only took about 3 minutes of the book for her to start bashing President Bush. Thanks, but no thanks. If I want political commentary, I'll look in the political section. Very misleading, but now I get the title.
It's hard to describe how much I hated this book. It had so much potential, and the celebrities and authors who did cameo appearances are some of my favorites. But this book was a flop from start to finish. First, the author/narrator's voice is grating. The guest appearances are awkward. The subject matter is fairly interesting, but not presented in a fresh or amusing way. The author is heavy handed in injecting her political views into the piece and insulting those who are not in lock-step agreement. She is the most painfully politically correct author I've ever encountered (she was aghast when a church choir of 30 only had two African American members) I am not a religious person, but even I found her derisive tone when discussing religion offensive. Overall, I wasted a lot of time listening to this book hoping it would get better and that I would at least learn something, and I'd like that time back.
Since joining Audible last year, I have been rediscovering a love of history. Unfortunately, this book just doesn't do it for me. Not only is the voice annoying, but the content includes many politically slanted conclusions that distract from her obsession with assassinations. I wish I had sampled it first.