The first thing you should know is that I gave this book four stars instead of five because it just didn't live up to how good the first Daily Show book [America: The Book] was. In fact, if you haven't listened to that one, do it first. It's funnier.
THAT BEING SAID,
This book really is great. The "new" Daily Show cast never phones it in and every personality leaps into your ears. The book is whimsical, angry, funny, politically crazy, and everything else we look forward to from Jon Stewart and his gang. Listen to this one and America: The Book. you won't be too disappointed.
I???m kind of embarrassed for Jon Stewart. And I???m equally embarrassed that I???m listening to his audio-book. His last production ???America??? was light, but really funny. This audio-book is just plain bad. Well over half of the sophomoric content is stand-up one-off???s without substantial substance. Perhaps to mask the uneven content, he chose to over-dub the production with every bell and whistle imaginable (including actual annoying bells and whistles). This is not an audio-book it is a pinball game. The fast moving mix of extreme character actors completely override any salient jokes. I often characterize a book (or audio-book) as ???a good bathroom book??? (meaning, you can pick it up in 15 min. increments and still enjoy it). Jon Stewart???s ???Earth??? is a bad bathroom book, that I will now simply flush ...and wash my hands... remember to always wash your hands.
John Stewart is a national treasure. He helped me make it through the Bush years without giving way to despair. This book is thin stuff. A few laughs, but nothing on the level of his best stuff.
Jon Stewart has captured the very essence of our earthy existence in the most complete, enlightening and enjoyable way. Koodos to you Jon and keep up the great work.
I have long appreciated Jon Stewart, et al's wit and wisdom. This book is a thought-provoking wonderment - Stewart at his best!
Drivel, I thought I might be getting something fun, like Harry Potter. Despite some rather weak attempts at humour, this book seems to want to take itself seriously. Oops.
The Daily Show has been putting up some amazing comedic work in recent years, particularly when highlighting the follies of the zeitgeist. This book is no different, and for that reason, makes the premise a little bit harder to naturally follow. This is taking into consideration that this book is intended for the aliens that will discover this planet and find humanity long since extinct.
Jon Stewart and ensemble were quite entertaining. However, Jon Stewart to narrates the vast majority of the production, something which I appreciate. Perhaps the most significant fault of this audiobook is the length, or the lack thereof. Jon Stewart is just so entertaining that I'm going back to "America" for a listen.