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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them Audiobook

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Franken, the veteran comedian. Franken, the aspiring senator. Both are present in this sharp-tongued indictment of journalists, politicians, and our government. Depending on your political leanings, you'll revel in Franken's research and hoot over his humor, or you'll fume over his accusations and snarl over his exaggerations. Either way, he'll leave you howling! —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

Al Franken, "one of our savviest satirists" (People), takes on the issues, the politicians, and the pundits in one of the most anticipated books of the year.

Once again, the author of Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and Other Observations trains his subversive wit directly on the contemporary political scene, leaving the powers-that-be in tatters and his audience in hysterics. Al Franken thrives on being in the opposition, and now that the Republican party controls both the Oval Office and Congress, the gloves are off and the satire is fast and furious.

Franken's specialty is using his targets' own words to make comedic and political points. Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, and host of post-Limbaugh talk-radio gasbags. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

Listen to Al Franken talk about Lies on Fresh Air from September 3, 2003.

©2003 AL Franken; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Album, 2003

"In the kicking, spitting spirit of all-star political discourse, Al Franken gives as good as he gets." (New York Times)
"Riotous...provocative reading for everyone.... Franken's sardonic critique of our culture of political disinformation is serious business." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"Memo to Fox: Hire Al Franken." (Business Week)

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    Ram HOUSTON, TX, USA 01-26-04
    Ram HOUSTON, TX, USA 01-26-04
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    "Entertaining but just not serious enough"

    There are quite a few reviews on this book as of now - interestingly most of them are either five stars or a single with few in between.

    Being a supporter of neither political reigns out there, this book was certainly entertaining to me...well, atleast a major portion of it. (I am not sure what 14 Harvard interns did on this book though.)

    If you do not like listening to Plato or Bryson or 104.1 on your commute, and are looking for something much more funnier (sic!) than Ellen, listen to this book.

    If you detest liberals, stay glued to the "Spin Factor", or agree with the tax cuts (duh!), stay away from this book...but then again, you shouldn't even be reading this review. :)

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff allen park, MI, USA 04-10-04
    Jeff allen park, MI, USA 04-10-04
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    "petty sniveling isnt funny to me"

    i purchased this audio book for 3 dollars under a special promotion,and would love to have it back.Under the guise of comedy,al franken uses this book to whine,whine,snivel,snivel,then whine some more.not only do i not find any of it amusing,i found it quite sad that this is considered one of the best arguements from the left.I am an independant,and voted for al gore,but after 9-11,was glad he wasnt our president.I support our troops overseas,pres.bush,and the u.s.a. god bless america

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Imad Whitby, Ontario, Canada 08-20-07
    Imad Whitby, Ontario, Canada 08-20-07
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    "Great Book"

    Al Franken puts out there. I loved this book

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    John O. Singleton Layton, Utah United States 10-13-03
    John O. Singleton Layton, Utah United States 10-13-03 Listener Since 2000
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    "Like 9 hours and 51 min in the Dentist's chair"

    It's like 9 hours and 51 min in the dentist's chair. This root canal failed in all respects except discomfort. The patient needs a good filling of solid gold Conservatism. Forget the archaic poultice of liberalism. Get in step with the modern way. Liberalism has failed but Doctor Rush has a pill for you. The cure is Conservatism not conservation. 3 of 3 Government branches agree - take two liberals in the evening and bash their heads together. You'll feel better in the morning.

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    Ronald Murphy, TX, USA 06-22-04
    Ronald Murphy, TX, USA 06-22-04
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    "This is the only way he can sell books"

    It's always really pathetic to see how popular name-calling can be. Don't have a point? Use sarcasm. Can't make a cogent argument? Call names. Some people will eat it up. And make you a best-seller...

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    Rudy New York, NY, USA 09-24-03
    Rudy New York, NY, USA 09-24-03
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    "Well-titled piece of junk."

    While "Lies and the lying liars who tell them" stays true to its title by being full of lies and written by a liar, it is a dreadful book not worth anyone's time.

    Readers who are likely to blindly believe any liberal rhetoric will love it. I advise those you who can think for themselves to steer clear!

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    Jimmy 06-23-04
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    "Strike Two For Al Frankin's Career"

    At the zenith of Al Frankin's appeal he was a mediocre comedian. Currently he is taking a stab at political left-wing activism as well as the current administration, and failing miserably at both. I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the third strike so he'll be out of there. This was a perfect example of why celebrities should leave politics to the politicians instead of humiliating themselves.

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    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-30-12
    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Thank Goodness for Al Franken!"

    I read this book years ago and had forgotten how much I loved it. It was even better listening to him narrate it-I laughed out loud more than a few times while driving and listening to it. I have always been a HUGE fan and he makes being a liberal democrat in a RED state just a little bit more bearable. I doubt that any conservatives would enjoy it however.

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    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 01-01-12
    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 01-01-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Classic Al Franken"

    I've listened to this twice. It's so good. I'll listen to it again. He's ruthless with those horrible right winger liars. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

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    CT Chase 12-28-09
    CT Chase 12-28-09 Member Since 2010
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    "funny but long"

    Listened to this on an extended car ride with adult kids- enjoyed the commentary not always balanced but usually funny. We did have to stop it many times to have the discussions that it provoked.

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