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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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    Michael Oak Ridge, NC, USA 04-08-07
    Michael Oak Ridge, NC, USA 04-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Definitely not sacred ..."

    Just spent a drive listening to the rants of a funny mad man .... enjoyed it! Didn't always agree with his point of view but laughed my "arsh off"!!

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    Kelley Lakewood, CO, USA 04-05-07
    Kelley Lakewood, CO, USA 04-05-07
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    "Walk down memory lane"

    A walk through Lewis's mind, Childhood, and personal history. I found it to be rather funny in a Robin Williams on Quaaludes or like a Rush Limbaugh if he were actually funny. There's one for ya Lewis! Thanx for the history lesson.

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    Sam Sacramento,, CA, USA 09-03-06
    Sam Sacramento,, CA, USA 09-03-06
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    "It's sad when they don't know when to quit"

    Lewis Black hit his apogee at "if it weren't for my horse". And he hasn't had an orginal thought since. It's like he pulls all his material from sitcoms he's watched. Everything he says in this book is either obvious, cliche, or just plain boring. It's just painful to listen to... but I'm still trying just because I paid for it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 07-01-06
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 07-01-06 Member Since 2001
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    "EHHH....Not too funny..boring"

    Sorry, I have been an audio listener for over 10 years now and rarely write reviews, but I feel compelled to write this one. NOT very funny. Sort of mundane stories... a lot like my life... who really cares?

    The rants are really NOT very scathing or over the top. Would recommend Dennis Miller for those. The story of Black's life and reflections are really not very different from most Americans. Would recommend Margaret Cho's commedy for that.

    Sorry but bellow average Audible listen. What is really disappointing is that after I saw Jack Black on the Tonight show and loved his comedy, I was really hoping that this book would reflects the same qualities and hummor ... it does not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheldon Thousands Oaks, CA, USA 03-02-06
    Sheldon Thousands Oaks, CA, USA 03-02-06
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    "Nothing's Sacred"

    They should have named it "Nothing's Funny" If Mr. Black had reviewed this book he would have booked a hunting trip with Dick Chaney and lunch with Hanible Lector

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    Robert Brownstown, MI, USA 01-23-06
    Robert Brownstown, MI, USA 01-23-06
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    "Nothing's Sacred, except this book"

    A great book, especially if you enjoy Lewis Black's stand-up comedy. A few of his classic bits make their way into the chapters, but it flows quite seamlessly.
    I was a little skeptical about this book, I wondered how much a comic could really have to say. Much to my surprise, there are many national/world issues, personal stories, and anecdotes to fill the pages.

    In a few areas in this book, the author shows a very deep side of his personality that you wouldn't assume would ever see the light of day. Lewis talks about experiences with drugs, and the reasons they were so abundant in the time period. A main topic, one that reoccurs in a few chapters, is the Vietnam war and it's effect on the college student of the time.

    I highly recommend this title, a very good book, from "cover" to "cover".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jayson Mountain View, CA, USA 12-13-05
    Jayson Mountain View, CA, USA 12-13-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Good intentions tire with rants"

    I came into this one with fairly high expectations but an hour in, lost interest with Black's ranting. While he seems to want to impart wisdom into the book, there's precious little of it. It is fairly humorous if you can handle the tirades. You may like it more if you lived through the heyday of the sixties, but for this 30 year old, it sounded more like stories one of your bitter uncles would tell you on a long car ride, and not that much more interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-07
    Joe Atlanta, GA, United States 10-22-07 Member Since 2004
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    "You have to love Lewis"

    I can only take so much of Lewis. This did not have me LOL. It was interesting, but not amusing.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Atlanta, GA, USA 07-05-05
    Ryan Atlanta, GA, USA 07-05-05
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    "not for fans of his comedy, but good anyway"

    i am a lewis black fan and i found this to be a refreshing departure from his going nuts on stage. His sarcasm is still as present as ever, but its not as "in your face" as his stage act. You'll find quite a lot you didnt know about the man and how he got the way he is. don't get me wrong, its still funny, but not in the way his stage show is.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Morris Burlington, VT, USA 10-28-07
    Jay Morris Burlington, VT, USA 10-28-07 Listener Since 2007
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    "Nothing's Sacred"

    Though I have always been a fan of Lewis Black, this book was disappointing. It is marginally/occasionally funny, but often stupid, and boring to listen to. I do not recommend this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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