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)
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
I want to be clear that my rating on this one isn't a reflection of the book itself - I'm just trying to suggest that you may want to stop and consider (as I should have) if audio is the right format for a book that is almost completely composed of independent 30 second sound bytes each of which starts with the phrase "New Rule!"
It was just too repetitive to enjoy in this format, which I should have realized if I'd given it more thought ahead of time. I'm sure it's a clever amusing book for people that like Bill Maher, but only if it's in physical form where you can pick it up, read a couple, and put it back down. There's only so many times you can hear "New Rule!" in a three minute period before you realize your judgement was off. Definitely my own fault for not thinking it through.
First of all if the "F" word or any mention of sexual body parts offends you, this isn't the book for you but if you want to think of our county in a new light, give this book a try. Not only are his "rules" good advice to live by, his essays give unique ways at looking at what is presented to us on a platter in the evening news. It's worth being offended to be prodded to think.
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.
Bill Maher is one of my heroes. His biting wit and sarcastic style was seemingly made just for me! If I had one criticism, it would be that the book wasn't switched up a bit and read by others on occasion... And these pieces could have been read by someone ironic to the subject being discussed. Having said that, I would highly recommend this book to other Bill Maher supporters and fans. You will not be disappointed and there were even a few times that I laughed out loud; something that is almost impossible for an audiobook to make me do!
Reading this book is probably fine -- but why not listen to Bill Maher make Bill Maher's comments? Nobody can adequately approximate his tone of voice when reading. Listening to this was a real pleasure
There is a lot of humor. Dark humor, often, but still funny.
does not apply
Bill read the rules as if he werre performing on his HBO show.
2 sittings did it for me.
If you've seen HBO's Real Time weekly comedy you are aleady familiar with Bill's New Rules. There is nothing new here but maybe you've forgotten or missed something. It is worth the time to listen.
If you have not seen Real Time but are a fan of Maher you are in for a treat. Bill delivers exquisite timing in his social and political humor.There is often irreverant wisdom underneath the humor and you can learn from him.
Worth the listen
This was a fun listen, forcing one to reconsider perspective on some of our everyday elements.
Look upward and see the wonders I've seen
Bill Maher and my late boyfriend were cut from the same cloth in so many ways. The first time I watched "Real Time with Bill Maher" I could have sworn I was sitting with a more articulate version of my boyfriend. I started to record his show last year and play it for my him and he loved it. He was fighting cancer at the time which last month took his life. New Rules was our favorite part of the show. We would both belly laugh at this section. Being from MA, my boyfriend's favorite interview was the one with Duval Patrick.
Cancer took him last month and I had just downloaded this book which I was going to listen with him. Losing him devasted me, as we had been together for fifteen years. Listening to this book on my commute has been the only thing that has made me smile since his loss. I actually laughed out loud at times. Thank you Bill Maher!
I didn't know Bill Maher had a new book coming out, but as soon as I saw it I bought it. I wasn't disappointed. One great thing about this book is that he narrates it himself. It just wouldn't be the same with someone else speaking his words. His delivery is excellent from years of pratice on his show. I was laughing the whole way through this Abook and agreeing with just about everything he said. I live in Japan and don't have to be bombarded with all the political correctness and religious crap going on in the states. When I do go back home to visit, I'm shocked at what America is becoming. Bill hits on so many subjects that we all are fed up with, and he does it with straight forward in your face style. Keep it up Bill. Also, check out his documentary Religulous, it's great. This is a great Abook. It's funny and thought provoking.
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
"Mostly Very Funny Occasionally hilarious, But!"
some of the funniest one liners i have heard in a long time, laughed so hard I couldnt breath on a couple of occasions.
He delves too much into his liberal agenda, dismissing and scolding anyone who holds a different opinion on many topics. this for me pretty much ruined my enjoyment of the book.
liked the unusual quirky way Bill uses topical events to make new rules for the future, this can be just so funny.
disliked the social comment from a narrow perspective. if I want political opinion then I will listen to political opinion shows.
If your fine with a liberal, progressive agenda, dont have a problem with social programs funded by insane debt and like a laugh then you will love this. oh and ideally agnostic or atheist.
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