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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He's a very funny guy, but better in smaller doses. Sounded like he was in a hurry to get through this audiobook. I would recommend you watch the 1/2 hour TV show, and spare yourself the audio book.
I guess I fell for the good review trick....again......How anyone could say this was even remotely worthwhile is beyond me. Steven has said things before that made me think he was a smart guy with insight and wit. But, it's by no means reflected in this book.
It was a waste of the money to buy it, certainly, but to keep wating for a point to be made became frustrating.
The first 15 minutes of this book are alright, but the rest of it is mindless babble; and to call it "funny" is a stretch, at best.
I listened to all of it. And, the farther into it we laboriously trudged, the worse it became. Literally, it sounded like he was just babling incoherent thoughts to fill up the pages.
It's disheartening to see that something like this can be one of the current best sellers....Instead, it should be a #1 example of how to effectively market something that is worthless.
Having a position of "celebrity" also carries at least a small amount of responsibility. But to prey on people, many of which have very little "extra" money for books, reflects poorly on the author's entegrity.
Wouldn't this type of behavior is best left to our political leaders. At least we've come to expect it from them.
I'm biased. I've been a fan of Steven Colbert for a couple of year's now. He is frank, funny and sometimes controversial, but only to those who "don't get it", as Colbert would say. This audiobook is no different. He continues to tell it like (he thinks) it is. I especially enjoyed the chapters on family.
If you like The Colbert Report, then this book will not disappoint.
This was a lot of fun to listen to, mostly as it's like listening to an audio version of his show, augmented by an impressive number of guests, including Jon Stewart and Amy Sedaris. It's frequently laugh out loud funny, with bits and lines I rewound to listen to again and again. Great stuff if you're a fan, and a good primer for people interested in Colbert's brand of comedy.
If you are a Stephen Colbert fan you will LOVE this audio but I also recommend buying the hard copy of the book as it has a LOT of extra materials, graphics, stickers and humor. It is fun to hear the chapters in his voice and great to have the extra material the book offers. This is great stuff!!!!!
As soon as I heard Colbert on NPR promoting his new book I downloaded it. I didn't even look at the price. I especially like that Stephen is the one that's narrating. It really gets his tone across. I think it's got an advantage over an actual book. It's very funny! I laughed, I cried, I begged for more! If there was more people like this the world would be a better place. Thank you Stephen!
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
It is supposed to be funny, right? Very few laughs in this one for me. How I wish it had been better....
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