Obscene. Inspirational. Hilarious.
Sarah Silverman makes a lot of poop and fart jokes, but simultaneously has an important political and feminist message. Her jokes are carefully constructed and have a point--usually an eloquent and incisively observant social point. This book fully cemented my admiration and appreciation for her.
Sarah Silverman has unique delivery and vocal inflections that add nuance to her already funny writing.
I've read this physical book probably 6 times in my life and was excited to listen to it. The book remains as good as always, but this narrator was frustrating and annoying. I found her voice flat and her characters insipid. She also shifted in and out of a southern accent. I liked Scarlett O'Hara less than I ever liked her before based on this performance. I would love to see perhaps a great multi-cast production of this book.
Flat. Mundane. She mis-pronounces common words.
If you are a political junkie like me, you will enjoy this gossipy, insider's view of the 2012 election. The book manages to both dramatize and humanize the major (and some minor) players in the election. However, the structure of the book made the packing seem slow and often repetitive, especially the middle section where he describes the aspirations and then the decisions not to run by various Republican politicians. The timeline starts over with each politician, so sometimes you are not exactly sure what month/year you are being described. Also, there are a lot of nicknames and colloquialisms used (moreso than in Game change) and this undermines the serious journalism tone of the rest of the writing.
Spoiler alert: Obama won the 2012 election.
Dennis Boutiskaris did Game Change and he was great. Robert Fass committed an incredible number of obvious word pronunciations that distracted from the actual text of the book. The director/producer of this audio book should have caught them as these were fairly common words such as irreparable and imprimatur among several others. I started keeping a tally of the mispronunciations because I was so irritated by them and it numbers in the thirties.
Yes, with reservations for the reasons I listed above. That narrator should never read another book though.
I think that listening to Rob read his own book makes his stories more intimate and compelling. I'm not sure that I would have liked the print book nearly as much--it might have seemed a little heavy-handed. However, Rob Lowe reading added warmth and humanity to his words.
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