I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight chronicles Cho's adventures and misadventures in political activism and lays out what's right in no uncertain terms.
©2005 Soundball International, Inc.; (P)2005 Penguin Audiobooks
Margaret Cho touches on a broad array of socially critical issues. However, her stand-up comedy style doesn't translate well to a full-length book. Several of her political analyses are painfully naive, even to this liberal reviewer. Audible liberals would be better served by listening to Al Franken or Maureen Dowd, whose books are well-researched.
If you get this book looking for the comedy of Margaret Cho, you may be disappointed. While her sardonic wit is certainly in evidence, Cho has gone the route of Al Franken, switching from comedy to political commentary. While Franken uses facts and research as a basis for his writings, Cho relies on pure passion. It does make for an entertaining "read," but I think her comedy did a much better job of exposing the ridiculous and ignorant side of racists, sexists and homophobes than this book does.
I am a fan of Margaret Cho for many years. I am truely sorry that I purchased this title. It is not comedy! It is rather Ms. Cho's slant on politics and I am rather neutral when it comes to this type of editorial. I do not recommend this title to anyone looking for Margaret's comedy.
Once a funny, fresh and original voice, it seems Margaret Cho has run out of new things to say.
I was disappointed in the material Ms. Cho selected for this rant on her naive, idealistic political views. I should have read the reviews before purchasing. Now I read them and agree that she is basically pandering to the interests of her core group of fans, marginalizing the rest of us--those who are not gay or people of color.
This ends up sounding like a lot of childish whining. I found myself actually feeling irritated and offended by what almost begins to sound like reverse racism. It's not funny at all.
I also found the audio did not sound "true" to 40+ year-old Cho's real voice. She sounded like a hyper 25 year-old. I felt the musical breaks inserted as punctuation at the end of her paragraphs were unnecessary. They gave it kind of an NPR "think on this for a moment" appeal, but there was nothing really to think about.
I used to offer Margaret Cho the utmost props. I even defended "All-American Girl" back in the day. But I feel that after finding her audience of die-hard fans, she's resorted to mugging and saying whatever the hell she feels like, then pausing for applause. That would be fine if she felt like saying something interesting, but her social-political statements lack nuance. She's become the type of comedian where you scoff and say, "Hell, I've said that. Where's my DVD?"
If the above commentary seems unrealated to this audiobook, it isn't. This recording contains a lot of references to material from her last recorded stand-up performance, and if you were frustrated with that and wondered if maybe she's better just doing non-fiction, abandon all hope. There's nothing in here you haven't heard before, and if you're an evil, left-wing, West Coast/North Eastern liberal, nothing you haven't said before in conversations with like-minded people where you haven't had to back it up.
Also, I think it would have been more interesting if read by Gilbert Gottfried.
I like Margaret Cho. She's got some interesting opinions. This book, while a little too political for my tastes (she does go on and on about gay rights a little to much, in my opinion), I enjoyed it. She is funny but really hits home with her points. A good listen!
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