I like the content of the book--you have to be interested in a conservative analysis of the middle east and current affairs. Steyn displays great breadth in his scholarship, skipping around effortlessly between Greek philosophers, Shakespeare, and contemporary pundits. His acerbic wit is hilarious; as readers we'd laugh a good deal harder if our own demise wasn't the butt of the joke.
The problem I have with the audiobook is the narration: monotone, pedantic, and hardly ever seeming to "get" Steyn's humor. I miss Steyn's Aussie accent, which can carry sarcasm like the British do without really offending because it all sounds so--jovial and good natured. This narrator sounds merely ponderous, without any of the lightness the language demands. He has this really annoying practice of ending sentences with an ascending tone, like he's asking a question when he's not. Completely affected!! I think it's a book that's more enjoyable read rather than heard, at least in this rendition.
I laughed til I cried as I drove, people looked at me like I was nuts, and I didn't care. Takes equal aim at both sides of the aisle, has a great grasp of history, politics, philosophy, religion, and believe me, nothing is sacred. This is great comedy and political satire. Definitely worth purchasing as an audio book, one that will be fun to listen to again over the years even though it covers many "current events."
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