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)
Sporadic, Insightful, Entertaining.
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.
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.
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.
The way the book is setup isn't the best. All the
I am a writer from Toronto. I am 34 and hooked on audio books.
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.
52 year old electrical engineer with a thirst for knowledge but who is nevertheless easily distracted by a great vicarious 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!
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
"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.
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