I wrote the other review -- but then I listened to the clip and I realize that this even though this audiobook has the same name as the book-book Al Franken wrote, the audiobook is a completely different product.
I love the book-book, and the movie, and this audiobook is more like "an hour with Stuart Smalley" -- and from the clip you can tell that it is very very funny!
First off, Al's reading (which is more accurately called a performance) is brilliant. This is easily the best-read audio book I've heard. Funny, touching, upsetting, alarming, but always plainspoken and sincere -- as cliched as it sounds, it's true: I laughed, I cried.
Second, wow, the ambition of this book blows me away. How many grueling hours must have been logged by Al and his assistants to turn out such a meticulously researched, carefully planned, cleverly written book?
I'm no rocket (or political) scientist, but I'm no dummy, either -- I can usually spot a snake oil salesman. But I was almost taken in by O'Reilly's show at first because I was still young and naive enough to believe that, hey, if it's on a "news" show, it must be true, right? They've got fact checkers, right? Al Franken's book clearly, factually, fairly, and definitively illustrates the M.O. behind the Fox News Channel and exposes the agenda of blotchy, blameless yet erratic talk show hosts for what they are: liars.
Listen to Al's discussion of his 9-11 experience, and his analysis of the Right's rape of the truth in the aftermath. Listen to his first-hand description of the Paul Wellstone memorial, and then fume as you witness just exactly how Right Wing propaganda is born.
This book is a life-changer for me. I always thought politics boring, boring, boring, and even had the really stupid idea that what happened in government wouldn't truly affect my simple, day-to-day life. Now that I've heard this book, I can begin to see the writing on the wall. Thanks, Al.
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