As great as Keillor's stories are--and they are classics, our Twain--they are less than perfect without the entire show as context. Why can't MPR give us the entire PHC program?
He attacks the previous administration, impugns a committee member (helping earn death threats for her), and refuses to accept any responsibility whatsoever for the greatest breakdown of security in American history. This is what he gets paid for!
I am just not interested in business news myself and therefore find the emphasis on that topic a little frustrating--some days I have to skip through four or five items to get off the financial page.
For me, more emphasis on the arts, sports, and national news would have made this service better.
His joke about not having a question in writing has a startling effect when you listen to the Presdient's uncomfortably halting performance: were some of these questions provided him ahead of time? if so, why does he seem so baffled by how to proceed?
The media have lowered the bar for Presidential press conferences, They toss softballs and if he even swings it's considered a home run.
This is a fine book, but you'll have to overcome some startling Southern "accents" if you listen to it. If you have an ear for accents, or if you come from one of the places Horwitz visited, you'll simply have to make allowances for the reader's tin ear or else develop thicker skin than I have.
I'll wait for his next full-length audio book, thanks. More than just about any writer you can name, David Sedaris really needs to be heard. But not at this price.
Many negative reviews of this book focus on Franken's "lie" to Ashcroft et al. Given a book of such length, they might have had something more to go on than feigning horror that Franken, a satirist, actually employs fictive exaggeration, a satirist's tool.
Perhaps they should spend some time on the wonderfully funny Bob Jones University piece (also a satire)--except that Franken, honestly enough, understands that he can make fun of himself and still make his satirical point (image Bill O'Reilly trying to be self-deprecating). Or maybe they could focus on the satirical dissection of the Right's campaign against the grieving Wellstone family--but that, of course, is not satire and is, of course, one of those atrocities of taste and ethics that the Right would have all of us forget.
And we can look forward to more of the same! Publishers who have operated under the assumption that only conservatives will buy books in droves (or with daggers) are awakening to the reality of the times: when the Left fights back--cf. Ivins, Hightower, Conason, and so forth--progressive readers will buy.
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