The author describes his audiobook as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's. In plain conversational language, not to mention the occasional grunt and/or whistle, Stephen explains his take on the most pressing concerns of our culture: faith, family...hygiene.
Why now? Stephen fears America has lost its balls and he hopes to re-ballify us...even the ladies. Ladies can have balls: lady-balls too. Stephen likes to call those "Thatchers". Stephen will show how he got his mammoth swinging sack with tales of courage and vital documents from his own life, including the Mother's Day card he made at age six, disputed credit-card bills, and putt-putt score cards - all the major milestones.
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As a long fan of the Daily Show, and the Colbert Report, I was excited to see that the Daily Show team had made the book "America The Book". I downloaded the audio and have since listened to it dozens of times. I was, is, and always will be, overwhelmingly funny. So when I saw that Colbert had released his own version of a comedic audiobook, I didn't hesitate. To be fair, the book is entertaining, more entertaining I think if you have not seen too much of the Colbert Report show. But it falls way short of the comedic genius that was "America the book". It is my opinion that the Colbert character, while funny, is best served in doses with other characters mixed in. The thing that made "America the book" so good was the collaboration of the various Daily Show comedians, Stewart, Colbert, Bee, Black, Cordery, etc. "I am america" is basically Colbert in a monologue with a few interruptions, it consists of a rehashing of much of Colberts hilarious stereotypes of a right winger into book form. If you think the Colbert Report is better than the Daily Show, this book is definitely for you, buy it now! Personally, I have always preferred the more balanced comedy that only Stewart and his team or comedic personas can create.
Rarely do I read reviews with so bimodal a distribution of reviews and stars.
Love it or hate it.
I laughed till I hurt.
My wife finds it silly/offensive.
If you like the Colbert Repor' you will find it a lively dose of Steve in a different method of delivery.
If you find Steve Colbert's style of irreverence, cynicism, disrespect for any and everything funny buy it and enjoy and laugh. The art of laughing at ourselves, our society and our way of life is his forte.
If you find Mr. Colbert's style of humor tasteless or tiring or too cynical move on and keep shopping.
I loved it.
I too bought the book as soon as it was avalible. It is a great listen. My only problem with the book is it is abridged. I would like to have had the option of the unabridged version of this very funny book.
This was nothing but a disappointment. I'm a big fan of his show and this was no where near that caliber. It's not clever, just fairly unfunny things said in character. I'm wondering if he saved money by not letting his staff writers help on this.
I laugh out loud when I watch his TV program and I was expecting the same level of humor in the book. It was funny, but it was not the political humor that I was hoping for.
2 of my friends and I listened to this book while we drove to Scuba lessons. As much fun as the scuba lessons were, we had the drive to look forward to also. Of course I'm the hero since I paid for it. If I have any complaint: there is just not enough Colbert on Audible. More Colbert, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart. If you like this get the interviews on Fresh Aire with Terry Gross. I don't know why I wrote if you like this... you will like this as the laughter puts you in tears.
Stephen Colbert is very funny. But as with most comedic writers I can only take it in small doses. If you like nonsensical humor grab a listen.
The book is a fantastic outlook, sometimes sarcastic, and always subtly critical. My lower rating was simply due to the fact that I feel a lot was lost by abridging the book. The only reason that I bought the abridged version was because an unabridged version was not available.
I enjoy Steven Colbert and until recently, was a long-time subscriber to the Colbert Report's iTunes Podcast. The funniest thing about "I Am America (And So Can You) is its title and some parts of its introduction. To his credit, Cobert virtually warns readers that the book was just thrown together at his kitchen table, but by that time, the listener had already purchased it or gasp... thrown away a credit. In my opinion, he threw the book together in one extemporaneous sitting during which he must have smoked, drank or popped something that made him think that what he was writing or dictating, was funny. I was expecting the book to have the same brilliant, bitting, sardonic humor that has made him an icon; the type of humor that was never more on display than during his now-legendary speech at the White-House-Press-Corp Dinner. What I found was an immature-180 of that, loaded with HS lunch-room-level humor The danger is that a couple of more of these books will make that Press-Corp speech seem like a distant memory and I suggest he write no more. I became so bored with this book that I did something I had never done before with an Audible download; I deleted it in the middle of a listen. "I am America" has only one saving grace; its 12.24 Platinum-Member price made it a palatable loss. I would have felt totally robbed had I used a credit to purchase this poor excuse for an audio book.
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