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Ian

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  • Assassination Vacation

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Conan O'Brien, Stephen King, Dave Eggers, and others
    Overall
    (2049)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (526)

    Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.

    Rachel says: "extremely entertaining and informative"
    "Interesting, but a slight disappointment"
    Overall

    I found that Assassination Vacation did not engage me as much as Sarah Vowell's other book, Partly Cloudy Patriot. It is full of interesting tidbits about the various assassinated presidents' lives, but it failed to engage me on any sort of emotional level.

    Sarah Vowell writes well and tells interesting anecdotes, which works well in a book of short stories like Partly Cloudy Patriot. However Assassination Vacation is more of a travelog with no story arc -- not even a well defined route -- to follow. Hence, we're jolted back and forth in time and space as Vowell explores the three assassinations. In the end, there is no resolution, just a few wistfull sentences of reflection.

    That the book seems to have no flow doesn't mean that it's not enjoyable. I like Sarah Vowell's self-deprecating writing style and have learned to accept her voice. There is a near constant stream of interesting historical nuggets that is enough for any info-buff to feast on. If you don't have long stretches to imerse yourself in a story, this book might be just the thing.

    On the whole, I would recommend this book to people who have already listened to Partly Cloudy Patriot -- and enjoyed it -- and like historical trivia.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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