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The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass | [Bill Maher]

The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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"Of all the comic commentators, Maher is the gutsiest, boldest, and least inhibited." (The Washington Post)

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    Sheldy BROOKLYN, NY, United States 12-12-11
    Sheldy BROOKLYN, NY, United States 12-12-11
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    "Sporadic yet insightful"
    If you could sum up The New New Rules in three words, what would they be?

    Sporadic, Insightful, Entertaining.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The wide range of topics the book covers from politics to the economy to religion to even pop culture. If you care about it Bill probably covers it in this book at one point or another.


    What does Bill Maher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way the sarcasm comes off in his voice really adds to how entertaining the book is and helps you picture what he is saying in your head alot easier. If you were just reading it I fear his witty sarcasm would fly over the heads of most people.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed from time to time but mostly chuckled. If you watch his TV show you have heard some of this stuff already but its nice to hear them again especially the older ones. If you don't watch the TV show or are new to it and enjoy it you are in for a treat with this book and Its highly recommended.


    Any additional comments?

    The way the book is setup isn't the best. All the

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 12-01-11
    Arjun Thornhill, ON, Canada 12-01-11 Member Since 2013

    I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.

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    "Get the first book"

    This is a rehashing of the old book, you will find that most of this book is drawn from the old and thus quite repetitive. This is horrible as I am a huge Bill Maher fan.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 01-09-12
    Michael Plymouth, MA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2007

    52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious escape.

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    "Get a new beginning to the joke"

    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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    hello 12-19-11
    hello 12-19-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "enlightening, hilarious"
    What made the experience of listening to The New New Rules the most enjoyable?

    If anyone else besides Bill Maher himself had read it, it wouldn't have worked. His voice is his humor and point of view.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He makes really great points about the absurdity of our political system, of religion, and how the two are unfortunately linked.


    What does Bill Maher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His tone of voice, of course, makes the jokes even more comedic, than just reading the text.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Some things he revealed about some behind-the-scenes things in our government that all of the public should be informed of


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LK 04-25-15
    LK 04-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Love It!"

    First person ever to EXPLAIN the democratic and republican party to me.
    Thanks for the read Bill! Cant wait for next book.

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    bill Fleming Island, Florida, United States 05-07-13
    bill Fleming Island, Florida, United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Little or no new stuff in here"
    What did you like best about The New New Rules? What did you like least?

    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.


    Has The New New Rules turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all!


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    MolecularMuse 04-16-13

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    "Humorous but can get a bit repetitive"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    True to his show, Bill Maher uses humor to entertain while discussing various political points.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    MarcusNT 04-08-13
    MarcusNT 04-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The New New Rules to be better than the print version?

    Great book. If you are a fan of the show real time then you will love this book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Read by Maher


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    Shawn Louisville, KY, United States 03-18-13
    Shawn Louisville, KY, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    "Only by leaving where I am do I know where I must go..."

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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill Maher?

    Yes


    Do you think The New New Rules needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe, but I will much rather read it not listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    "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.

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    N. A. Suggs-Brigety 02-02-13

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    "I have it on Repeat!!"
    What made the experience of listening to The New New Rules the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I've listened to this book over and over again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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