Tell me. Somebody, please. Tell me who thought it would be a good idea to present a MAGIC ACT as an audiobook.
I hope you're laughing, because it's one of the few laughs you will get from this abysmally bad title.
Although there are some good comedians here, and there are actually some funny bits on the program, this seems to be simply the audio taken from a DVD or TV program. Because it wasn't destined for an audio-only program, there's a lot of visual humor (including the aforementioned magic act). These are truly unfunny when you hear them without the video to accompany them.
I was sorely disappointed in this title. Audible should remove it from the library. It's that bad.
It's not surprising that the White House and Republican leaders in Congress are furious over this testimony. Mr. Clarke, who is very believable, lays bare his feelings of frustration with the Bush administration's handling of the terrorist threat in the months leading up to 9-11. While Mr. Clarke has criticism of the Clinton administration as well on handling of terrorism, his strongest and most passionate condemnation goes to the invasion of Iraq, which he believes was unwarranted and drew resources away from fighting Al Qaeda.
Also highly recommend Terry Gross's interview on NPR's Fresh Aire with Mr. Clarke.
First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the book as read by the author. The right-wing hubris Franken reveals is both shocking and infuriating.
What I most appreciated, though, is that Franken and his publisher went to the extra effort to include material that could only be included in an Audiobook edition. We get to hear Rush Limbaugh as the blowhard he is, and hear clips from the Paul Wellstone memorial that thoroughly deflate the idea that this was a staged political event.
Granted, the paper edition contains some charts and illustrations that the Audiobook can't, but Franken explains the charts verbally very nicely, and I didn't miss most of the illustrations (although there is one reprint of a NY Times front page with an article circled and the word "See?" scribbled next to it that very cleverly points out that Ann Coulter fits among those described in the book's title -- she claimed that the article never ran).
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