This compilation of Maher's New Rule edicts is clever and entertaining. After a while, I caught on to the word-plays in the chapter titles, which are awfully fun ("Entertainment Weakly: No more celebrity gambling shows..." or "Have it Yaweh").
The Religious Right is not the only target of Maher's biting wit. Paris Hilton and the people fascinated by her, jerks with cellphones, predictably mediocre Hollywood films, and spineless Democrats are all candidates for new rules.
Maher's take on the Blue state/ Red state divide is not as simplistic as some critics might suggest. Both sides take plenty of well-deserved hits.
He's got a great delivery and cadence. His rant bounces around from entertainment, politics, social gaffes and hypocrisy of all kinds.
This may be a more telling mirror of our current state of affairs than anyone wants to admit.
As a regular reader of The New Yorker, I was delighted to see that Audible has picked it up. The content of the magazine is always compelling. But I know plenty of people who, like myself, don't get through the paper copy and keep the magazines around for that far-off vacation, prison sentence, or whatever will allow one the time to read all the great stories within.
Naturally, the New Yorker is not complete without the visual content, but this digest really hits the high points. The reader is dispassionate, allowing you to infer the voice of authors and the people they describe. My only complaint is a rather obvious one: David Sedaris's story was not read by Sedaris! Again, the narrator was bland enough to allow me to imagine well the intonations of Sedaris's voice. Like the Times digest, it is just that--a digest.
The Audible version got me to listen to sections that I probably would have flipped through otherwise--fiction, music, movies. And I enjoyed them tremendously.
Overall, I'd say this is easily one of the best subscription programs available. For anyone who loves the New Yorker, try it. For anyone who's never heard of the New Yorker, definitely try it! It's some of the best writing out there, and this is a great way to get acquainted.
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