From best-selling author and host of HBO's Real Time, Bill Maher's new book of political riffs serves up a savagely funny set of rules for preserving sanity in an insane world.
A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today. With another presidential campaign on the horizon and a stellar set of real-life characters to have fun with - "New Rule: If Charlie Sheen's home life means he can't have a TV show, then I say Newt Gingrich can't be president" - this enlightening and important book may be the best thing you pretend to read all year.
©2011 Bill Maher (P)2011 Penguin
"Of all the comic commentators, Maher is the gutsiest, boldest, and least inhibited." (The Washington Post)
51 year old electrical engineer who's always got going, one book to inspire, another to learn and one just to escape - ok 2 just to escape
As a segment in a show, if you say "new rule" a dozen times, it's not so grating. But for a book in which you start every new joke with "new rule", after a while you want that rule to be "no more saying - new rule". Annoying the point of distraction IMO.
Furthermore, I simply didn't laugh much at this book!
If anyone else besides Bill Maher himself had read it, it wouldn't have worked. His voice is his humor and point of view.
He makes really great points about the absurdity of our political system, of religion, and how the two are unfortunately linked.
His tone of voice, of course, makes the jokes even more comedic, than just reading the text.
Some things he revealed about some behind-the-scenes things in our government that all of the public should be informed of
I agree with almost everything he says. I wish everybody in America would listen to this book. Then maybe we could progress a little bit.
I am an avid fan of Bill Maher. I was expecting more from this book. It is a word for word rehash of previous shows. If you know this going in, at least you won't be surprised.
Not at all!
A Mean O' Acid
True to his show, Bill Maher uses humor to entertain while discussing various political points.
I listened to this on one of my long drives. I enjoyed the humor however I did find the use of "new rule" repetitive and on occasion mildly annoying. Aside from that it was enjoyable to listen to and I'd still recommend others give it a chance.
Great book. If you are a fan of the show real time then you will love this book.
Read by Maher
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
Despite the fact that the majority of the material in this book is hilarious, it is almost impossible to listen to this book for more than 20 minutes at a time. Every 10 or so words, the phrase "New Rule!" is repeated. I imagine this would actually have been a more enjoyable READ rather than an enjoyable LISTEN.
"Only by leaving where I am do I know where I must go..."
Maybe, but I will much rather read it not listen to it.
"The New New Rules" Is an interesting and entertaining book but it not meant for audio listeners. You will spend most of your time listening to Bill say "New Rule" before ever paragraph he reads. It gets old....fast... I didn't realize this book is primarily a list and that doesn't work well in an audio format.
Listening to Bill Maher tell jokes in his sarcastic tone is what makes the book such a joy. He tells his jokes better than anyone else could.
I've listened to this book over and over again.
Watching the actual show is better; somehow the audience laughter and the live element makes his delivery of the "new rules" more striking. But I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book (read by Maher himself). Additionally, it contains a lot of rules that never aired. With Maher, you know what you are getting: acerbic whit, diatribes against the right and traditional values: marriage, religion, the culture of consumption, etc. Sometimes I think he has gone too far, but the challenge of great comedy has always been to give voice to unspoken truths, criticize sacred values, and push the boundaries of our tolerance. This book certainly has a lot of pushing, criticism, and truth. Enjoy.
It is a great listen to hear all these ideas one after the other, creating deeper meaning to the weekly quips.
Most memorable? About being a Christian. ... or not.
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