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Nothing's Sacred | [Lewis Black]

Nothing's Sacred

You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.
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Publisher's Summary

You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

With subversive wit and intellectual honesty, Lewis examines the events of his life that shaped his anti-authoritarian point of view and developed his comedic perspective. Growing up in 1950s suburbia when father knew best and there was a sitcom to prove it, he began to regard authority with a jaundiced eye at an early age. And as that sentiment grew stronger with each passing year, so did his ability to hone in on the absurd.

True to form, he puts common sense above ideology and distills hilarious, biting commentary on all things politically and culturally relevant.

©2005 Lewis Black; (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • 2005 Audie Award Nominee, Humor

"No one is safe from Lewis Black's comic missiles." (New York Times)

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    Ray Naperville, IL, USA 05-17-05
    Ray Naperville, IL, USA 05-17-05
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    "Great Book"

    A must listen for anyone who is a fan of Lewis Black standup. Very interesting, A+

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Knoxville, TN, USA 11-12-08
    Brandon Knoxville, TN, USA 11-12-08
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    "So disappointing and unnecessarily vulgar."

    I am usually a HUGE fan of lewis black, I find his dry sarcastic humor hilarious! So when i saw his book on audible it was a no brainier for me to buy it. However just 2 chapters in I find myself not listening to what I hoped would be his kinda biography/rant on the world instead I found myself knee deep in one of the most disgusting books I've ever heard/read/smelled. I know there will be some hard-core lewis black fans that will curse me up and down for dissing this book, but I found it very unnecessarily vulgar and not even that funny for the most part. I recommend staying away from this one folks, not worth it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 04-19-14
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 04-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good work from Lewis Black."
    If you could sum up Nothing's Sacred in three words, what would they be?

    Funny intelligent Sarcastic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Nothing's Sacred?

    When he was sure that he was not an author.


    Which character – as performed by Lewis Black – was your favorite?

    Lewis Black


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lewis Black doesn't move you.....he makes you laugh. And that's exactly what he does in this work.


    Any additional comments?

    At his worst, Lewis Black is just funny. While this is far from his best work, it is witty, sharp-tongued and laugh out loud funny. A very enjoyable listening experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-05-13
    Jenn Las Vegas, NV, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mostly Amusing"
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    The stories in the book are interesting for the most part. It's not as funny as I expected, and Black's reading of it is lackluster; Black's one of my favorite comedians, but his usually boisterous and intense style is conspicuously absent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    1/2DHsquared 01-31-13 Member Since 2013

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    "I'm not sure what others were listening to..."

    I enjoyed this! I was like being at several back-to-back Lewis Black rant performances. There were funny moments, maddening moments, and heart-felt moments, but it was all Lewis Black. How could anyone be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trash man Tokyo, Japan 11-25-12
    Trash man Tokyo, Japan 11-25-12 Member Since 2013
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    "good but not great"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Yes. He's funny and hearing him read it is makes it much better.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    All of them.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    No.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hamilton Saint Louis, MO, United States 09-10-11
    Hamilton Saint Louis, MO, United States 09-10-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Love Lewis!!"

    Great insight into how Lewis became the raging man we love. Must "read" to learn the deep and dark secrets that will surprise you.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-27-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-27-10 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Two thumbs up!!"

    Black isn't just the funniest comedian out there today, he's also the smartest! A great book, a great listen with Black also narrating - and anyone, who has the pleasure of listening to the audio book will certainly enjoy this very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley CA, United States 01-24-09
    Kelley CA, United States 01-24-09 Member Since 2012

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "I'd rather hear a ho hum"

    Lewis Black starts his memoir off with a few observations on the absurdity of nuclear saftey drills in elementary school.
    Amazing. I've heard at least 20 different comedians try to make that funny and so far,it just isn't.
    Somebody had to know how incredibly unoriginal this, and the vast majority of the other material, was, but greed and vanity (that's just a guess) led them all to publish this insipid collection of the adamantly delivered obvious anyway.

    I admire Black's over-wrought persona on the Daily Show, but without the audience and the topicality - it's lame.
    Really, really lame.
    I'd like to hear him say how lame it is himself. That might be funny.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Cammarata CA, United States 07-23-08
    Aaron Cammarata CA, United States 07-23-08 Member Since 2005

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    "Other people's drug stories - are NOT funny"

    What a disappointment. I'm a huge fan of Lewis Black's political commentary, but this book is an attempt at a humorous autobiography.

    Turns out listening to him rail on about the 60s, suburbia, and regale us with tales of his drug experiences...not funny. I didn't even finish it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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