What can I say, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Franken is funny, he rants at times, is occasionally petty and is totally unapologetic to his subjects.
Too many people believe the likes of O'Reilly, Coulter, Limbaugh, etc., without taking the time to check their reports and claims for truthfulness. Al has done some legwork (with the aid of his tireless research team) and found that these talking heads aren't always completely accurate...and that sometimes they plain, old LIE.
Yes, Al does his finger pointing at the conservatives, the right wing, the neo-cons or whatever you want to call that bunch, but it's no surprise - Al's a liberal. Just ask him!
If you are liberal, progressive or a "lefty", and enjoy Franken's brand humor, listen to this book. I think you'll really like it! However;
If you get all of your news from FoxNews, don't bother reading this book. It will probably just make you mad. From what I hear, you may want to start checking a second news source for FACTS...just in case...
First of all, I am a big fan of the Dresden Files book series. Including Ghost Story, I have bought and listened to the 180+ hours of the Jim Butcher created detective tales. I have turned several others onto series, in particular, the audiobooks, due in large part, to James Marsters??? performances.
Ghost Story, as an audiobook, was very disappointing. A scheduling issue prevented James Marsters (reader of 13 Dresden books) from doing the reading. The publisher made a business decision to stick to their calendar and rush out the audiobook using an available performer with a connection to the sci-fi community (according to the author). Never mind trying to find someone with a similar style, tone or cadence, they just wanted a name known to sci-fi community members. They picked John Glover, an actor with a much older voice and a far more manic style and delivery.
The Dresden stories are told in first person voice ??? told by the main character himself. Imagine listening to a friend???s voice on the phone for hours on end (nearly 170 hrs.) and then one day the voice on the other end of the call has a completely different voice, attitude and approach to situations. Even if the words were the same, the voice would change the meaning and understanding. Penguin Audio did listeners an enormous disservice by not recognizing that the performer of an audiobook matters, demonstrating a stunning lack of judgment considering the medium.
I bought and listened to Ghost Story. It was painfully distracting to have such a dissimilar voice reading, I didn???t enjoy the experience, nor did I feel that I ???heard??? the story. A few weeks later, I borrowed the hardback from the library, so I will at least have some continuity as the series goes forward. I can only hope that more attention will be paid to Harry Dresden???s ???voice??? in the future.
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