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.
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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
If you know Colbert's brand of humor, you already know what to expect. Let that be your guide, because this is the self-proclaimed constitution for the Colbert Nation. I've got this in hardcover and on audio, for two very different reasons. The hardcover has a lot of side margin snarkiness and footnotes that you won't find in the audio, as well as stickers, signs, and other visual bits of awesome that you have to see to believe. The audio is narrated by the man himself, so it's all about presentation, which is jazzed up with music and sound effects here and there just because.
And if you don't know Colbert's brand of humor... what rock have you been living under? The Colbert Report has now ended, but the legacy lives on!
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.
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