I really enjoyed this one. The readers voice fits the content well, and there are great tid bits of history that spin off from the main topic, which are very enlightening.
This book was both educational and entertaining. Vowel's take on things is very interesting, and she weaves the facts and her hilarious perspective on them in a witty
and engaging way.
Be kind to someone today.
After getting to know Sarah's work on National Public Radio, this was my first of her books. Entertaining!
The most entertaining aspect of this book is the nuggets of obscure but entertaining historical facts dug up by the author. In the vein of Mark Kurlansky, but with Charles Addams' humor and the political sensibility of the Daily Show. The last chapter demonstrates how one can be deeply and lovingly patriotic but still critical of the government and "liberal".
What a fun book; droll and super-interesting. The reader is a pitch perfect match for Vowell's writing voice. Not for listening to while otherwise occupied -- it requires full focus. I'll listen to this one again!
I've always liked the author on the radio or in TV bits, but wow. Listening to that voice for this long... wow. I know she makes fun of herself for being psychotically interested in minute details of assassinations, but since I'm not that interested in where an assassin did his laundry, the novelty ran out quick.
Sarah Vowell is smart and funny and so are her books. I enjoy her point of view and her ability to see the absurd. She really brings an insight to our countries history that is not taught in schools and I love her little squeaky voice!
Really enjoyed this.
While Sara's voice may be grating to some, I really felt that her enthusiasm for the subject came thru, which is why I disagree with the idea it's better read; her voice is quirky which helps give a sense of the personality of a person who would go on such a "vacation". Frankly, I found the use of the other voices more distracting and not as well executed (just broke up the narrative at times and not as well utilized). I thought Bogasian was great, O'Brien very good if only for the fact I didn't recognize him, but as I listened I could see Jon Stewart behind his TDS desk doing a presidential impression. Took me out of it a bit.
I found the stories interesting; I liked how she presented the ironic twists of historical fate. On numerous occassions, I laughed out loud.
Although I don't agree with all her personal views and despite the comedic tones, it's clear she has a deep respect for the subject.