We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) Audiobook

I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
—Stephen Colbert
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

Publisher's Summary

The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life.

"The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
—Stephen Colbert

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Stephen Colbert (P)2012 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"The sad thing is, I like it." (Maurice Sendak)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.0 (772 )
5 star
 (369)
4 star
 (179)
3 star
 (112)
2 star
 (59)
1 star
 (53)
Overall
3.9 (667 )
5 star
 (302)
4 star
 (138)
3 star
 (127)
2 star
 (53)
1 star
 (47)
Story
4.4 (689 )
5 star
 (466)
4 star
 (111)
3 star
 (63)
2 star
 (23)
1 star
 (26)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer 05-11-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "meh..."

    I love Stephen Colbert but this was not funny. The best part of the whole thing was the banter between him and Tom Hanks before the book started. Even at less than 2 dollars, this isn't worth it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Annissa 05-09-12
    Annissa 05-09-12 Member Since 2012

    I like Doctor Who.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    104
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    101
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    13
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I don't even know what I was expecting"

    It's a story about a pole told as if to small children. The book itself is not particularly funny. However, the banter between Colbert and Hanks was hilarious and that alone was worth the price of admission. The thoughtful inclusion of a .pdf file with all the illustrations was gravy. I cannot regret spending $1.50 on this.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CCB 05-11-12
    CCB 05-11-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    54
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    229
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wait, what?"

    I must be missing something! The reviews I read led me to believe that this book was far better than what it actually is! I'm very glad the proceeds are going towards our veterans at least! It's a cute little story, but the reviews seem to be exaggerating things quite a bit!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-10-12
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5233
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    651
    618
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    323
    19
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Pole?"
    Any additional comments?

    Why did I buy I am a Pole (And So Can You!) you ask? Because there was a lot of hype behind it, because Maurice Sendak likes it, because proceeds from this book will be donated to charity, because I needed a break from the book I am currently listening to, because I am sucker, I will let you decide. I had to know what a pole’s purpose in life would be according to Stephen Colbert.

    I am a Pole (And So Can You!) is a cute tale of the dreams of a pole, yes a pole. Ridiculous, yes absolutely. Entertaining, yes. I do not feel bad for buying I am a Pole (And So Can You!) because 100% of the proceeds will go to US vets! This was my first adventure into children’s audio books and audio books that are less than 10 minutes in length. All in all I am a Pole (And So Can You!) did make me laugh out loud. Audible.com gives you a PDF version of the book so you can follow along with the story while you listen to this with your kids.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom 11-28-12
    Tom 11-28-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    21
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "worth what it cost me $1.46"
    Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert (introduction) ?

    yes, I like them both, but this was even more silly than I imagined


    What could Stephen Colbert have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    nothing really, there wasn't much to it


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    nothing


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    amusement


    Any additional comments?

    none

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DONA 06-11-12
    DONA 06-11-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    124
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Worthy Pole"

    Stephen does it again with his multiple talents. I am happy to have this for my toddler grandchildren, although some of the intro will be over their heads for now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-22-12
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

    HELPFUL VOTES
    274
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    727
    197
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    22
    16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Loved it!"

    Really short, but even the intro is funny. Stephen Colbert is funny, even at his worst, but this was pretty good. Sort of like Seuss in rhythm, but with the interaction between Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert in the introduction and at the end, it was very entertaining. The main part is great for kids. Hey, Maurice Sendak liked it, and he didn't even like kids.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John North Berwick, ME, United States 06-11-12
    John North Berwick, ME, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    156
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Stilted, strained, and fairly stupid..."
    Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert (introduction) ?

    I usually find Steve Colbert extremely funny, and I do like Tom Hanks; but this short read didn't do it for me. Aside from listening to Steve Colbert interrupt Tom Hanks a.few times, I found little to justify even the small price that I paid for it, $ 1.87.


    Has I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Possibly.


    How could the performance have been better?

    it could have been funny.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andrea L Stoops 06-02-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not worth even a buck-fifty"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this not knowing anything about it, other than that Stephen Colbert is hilarious, so I figured it would be a funny listen. It was disappointingly short (I guess I should have noticed this before purchase), and frankly, lacking any substance or interest. Don't waste your time or dollar.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-16-12
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 05-16-12 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    377
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    323
    109
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    39
    18
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "CRAP"

    I think this is for charity, which is a good thing because this is 8 min of mediocre crap thats not worth downloading even if it was for free.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.