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  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (153)

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Nell Huntworth says: "More wonderful David Rakoff"
    "PJ O'Rourke has nothing to worry about"
    Overall

    Though the views of the publisher and selected Newspaper reviews term this book and author, "one of the funniest and insightful writers," of "crackling wit," who has created a "story well told," allow me to differ.

    Within the first ten minutes we learn that the author has decided to immigrate to America, and that he seems to hate everything about America. Who would take the time and effort he describes to migrate to a country whose leaders and politics he can't stand? The writer definitely is not insightful.

    As for "witty"? Perhaps one listens to a description of Barbara Bush, W's daughter, '.. liquor-swilling, girl-gone-wild, human ashtray of a daughter. I'm sorry, that's not fair; I've no idea if she smokes." and thinks it witty. Quite simply it is adolescent and immature.

    One certainly will not hear anything as witty and insightful as Mr. O'Rourke's riff on Congress - far from it. Not worth the electrons to hold it in your computer, the CD on which to burn it or the window to throw it out of.

    59 of 138 people found this review helpful

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