Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook of approximately 200 minutes.
After two weeks of hard work and nights in the recording studio, they had their audiobook. Earth (The Audioook) is the definitive guide to our species. With their trademark wit, irreverence, and intelligence, Stewart and his team will posthumously answer all of life's most hard-hitting questions, completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.
Read by Jon Stewart, the Daily Show correspondents, and featuring a special performance by Sigourney Weaver.
©2010 Jon Stewart (P)2010 Hachette Audio
It's the first time I've 'read' this type of book, so I'm not sure if I can really comment (since I'm more into novels and memoirs). It's alright - it makes you laugh at times - and is relatively short and keeps you somewhat entertained ... Having said that, I'm probably not going to recommend it as a MUST read to each and every person ...
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
I'm a fan of the Daily show, and really loved the America audiobook, which I've listened to many times over the years. This book, while outwardly similar, has a completely different, and for me, 'way worser' tone. The book is a letter written to aliens who might stumble upon our planet after the human race becomes extinct. Whether or not you can laugh at it will now depend on how easy it is for you to a.) chuckle at the end of life as we know it and b.) get used to listening to an imagined conversation between Jon Stewart (now dead) and a space alien. I couldn't manage either of those tricks. I found the material dark unto crotchety and. with the exception of Sam Bee, the new correspondants seem stiffly uninspired in their performances.
Of all the things on Earth, I missed Stephen Colbert most of all.
Fewer F-words though. Still plenty to offend people who get offended by such things but, definitely fewer than in the last book. I hated it.
The first thing you should know is that I gave this book four stars instead of five because it just didn't live up to how good the first Daily Show book [America: The Book] was. In fact, if you haven't listened to that one, do it first. It's funnier.
THAT BEING SAID,
This book really is great. The "new" Daily Show cast never phones it in and every personality leaps into your ears. The book is whimsical, angry, funny, politically crazy, and everything else we look forward to from Jon Stewart and his gang. Listen to this one and America: The Book. you won't be too disappointed.
I???m kind of embarrassed for Jon Stewart. And I???m equally embarrassed that I???m listening to his audio-book. His last production ???America??? was light, but really funny. This audio-book is just plain bad. Well over half of the sophomoric content is stand-up one-off???s without substantial substance. Perhaps to mask the uneven content, he chose to over-dub the production with every bell and whistle imaginable (including actual annoying bells and whistles). This is not an audio-book it is a pinball game. The fast moving mix of extreme character actors completely override any salient jokes. I often characterize a book (or audio-book) as ???a good bathroom book??? (meaning, you can pick it up in 15 min. increments and still enjoy it). Jon Stewart???s ???Earth??? is a bad bathroom book, that I will now simply flush ...and wash my hands... remember to always wash your hands.
John Stewart is a national treasure. He helped me make it through the Bush years without giving way to despair. This book is thin stuff. A few laughs, but nothing on the level of his best stuff.
Jon Stewart has captured the very essence of our earthy existence in the most complete, enlightening and enjoyable way. Koodos to you Jon and keep up the great work.
I have long appreciated Jon Stewart, et al's wit and wisdom. This book is a thought-provoking wonderment - Stewart at his best!
Drivel, I thought I might be getting something fun, like Harry Potter. Despite some rather weak attempts at humour, this book seems to want to take itself seriously. Oops.
The Daily Show has been putting up some amazing comedic work in recent years, particularly when highlighting the follies of the zeitgeist. This book is no different, and for that reason, makes the premise a little bit harder to naturally follow. This is taking into consideration that this book is intended for the aliens that will discover this planet and find humanity long since extinct.
Jon Stewart and ensemble were quite entertaining. However, Jon Stewart to narrates the vast majority of the production, something which I appreciate. Perhaps the most significant fault of this audiobook is the length, or the lack thereof. Jon Stewart is just so entertaining that I'm going back to "America" for a listen.
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