From Lewis Black, the uproarious and perpetually apoplectic New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular, comes a ferociously funny book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas.
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I really like Lewis' insight, but it seems a little stretched out over an entire book. He warns at the beginning that he didn't really want to do this book with a whole "My agent says I should write a book" story. At first it seemed like just an anecdote to start the book...but then I really believed that he was doing it just for the money.
Eventually, he gets into some interesting insights and commentary on modern society. But nothing really earth shattering or amazing, but somewhat amusing. The story he shares to end it was definitely the highlight for me - the real example of the meaning of the season and how it is not really tied to religion (Surprise!).
His narration is fine. I don't think it would work to have anyone else doing it, but it is hard to maintain the Lewis Rage for 5 hours.
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Before his death, the great George Carlin said Lewis Black was his favorite comedian out there today and books like this clearly show that Carlin was right. Extremely funny and Black as the narrator is great!
Overall A Black Christmas was insightful into the reason for the holiday as well as the more realistic side of it. Not all jolly and merry but still a reason to think over your own personal reason for celebrating the holiday.
Lewis Black is a funny guy. However in the introduction to the rambling and somewhat unfocussed book, he complains he has nothing to say on this subject. and he was right! This could be whittled down to an essay, the funny bits are far and few between.
Many will assume that Lewis Black is a Carlin wannabe. To some extent that is true. But there is a remorse in Black.... Its hard to place, but this book brings it out more so than his previous stuff.
I'm a huge fan of Lewis Black and love all of his other stuff - books and performances - but this book doesn't come close to what I expect from him. He doesn't really say anything, and takes a long time to do it. To be fair, I quit listening half-way through. Perhaps it gets better...
yes, because the author reads and performs it.
I just spent $50 to hear him live for an hour. This was $15 to hear him live for 5 hours. What a deal!!!
Lewis Black is one of my greatest fun times in audible purchases. Go for it!
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