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Jennifer

Johnstown, NY, USA

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  • You're Good Enough, You're Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You!

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    From Stuart Smalley come calming visualizations that will take you to a safe and healing place...except for a few wrong turns along the way. Al Franken brought Stuart Smalley to prominence on Saturday Night Live, and although Stuart's not perfect (and that's okay), he offers a healing journey through the Dysfunctional Forest and other guided visualizations.

    Jennifer says: "Whoops -- I am misleading you"
    "Whoops -- I am misleading you"
    Overall

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (332)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Al huffs, and puffs, and blows the house down!"
    Overall

    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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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