I am an avid fan of Bill Maher. I was expecting more from this book. It is a word for word rehash of previous shows. If you know this going in, at least you won't be surprised.
Not at all!
True to his show, Bill Maher uses humor to entertain while discussing various political points.
I listened to this on one of my long drives. I enjoyed the humor however I did find the use of "new rule" repetitive and on occasion mildly annoying. Aside from that it was enjoyable to listen to and I'd still recommend others give it a chance.
Great book. If you are a fan of the show real time then you will love this book.
Read by Maher
"Only by leaving where I am do I know where I must go..."
Maybe, but I will much rather read it not listen to it.
"The New New Rules" Is an interesting and entertaining book but it not meant for audio listeners. You will spend most of your time listening to Bill say "New Rule" before ever paragraph he reads. It gets old....fast... I didn't realize this book is primarily a list and that doesn't work well in an audio format.
Listening to Bill Maher tell jokes in his sarcastic tone is what makes the book such a joy. He tells his jokes better than anyone else could.
I've listened to this book over and over again.
Watching the actual show is better; somehow the audience laughter and the live element makes his delivery of the "new rules" more striking. But I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book (read by Maher himself). Additionally, it contains a lot of rules that never aired. With Maher, you know what you are getting: acerbic whit, diatribes against the right and traditional values: marriage, religion, the culture of consumption, etc. Sometimes I think he has gone too far, but the challenge of great comedy has always been to give voice to unspoken truths, criticize sacred values, and push the boundaries of our tolerance. This book certainly has a lot of pushing, criticism, and truth. Enjoy.
It is a great listen to hear all these ideas one after the other, creating deeper meaning to the weekly quips.
Most memorable? About being a Christian. ... or not.
It was funny
This is a book you want to listen to in small bites, after a while it is just too much and the same basic formula. If you like the TV show you will like this.
The format is horrible. No need to repeat "New rule" every 30 seconds.
his arrogance. I agree completely with his views, but his cockiness is unbearable.
Don't say "New rule" every 30 seconds.