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Publisher's Summary

Fed up with the Republican Right? Then you'll love Al Franken's scathingly hilarious look at America's largest talk show host and his conservative cronies. Hear this Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live writer's thoughts on exploding Medicare costs ("Why not shoot the elderly into space?"), feminism ("Limbaugh was railing about how feminists believe that all heterosexual sex is rape. The thing is, though, I know a lot of women, almost all of whom consider themselves feminists, and I know of only one who holds this belief. And we've been married nearly twenty years"), and Rush Limbaugh's fact-checker, the man with "the easiest job in America." Funny yet uncompromisingly fair, Franken tackles the issues - and the politicians - in ways few have dared.
Copyright ©1996 by Al Franken, Inc.; Copyright (P)1996 Dove Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Grammy Award Winner, Best Spoken Word Comedy Album, 1996

"[Al Franken is] the man responsible for some of the most brilliant political satire of our time." (New York Post )

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  • R. Hill
  • Brooklyn, NY USA
  • 11-10-03

Give us the rest of it

The only drawback is that it is abridged. I just finished listening to "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them," and, hungry for more, I thought I'd revisit Franken's other major expose of right-wing mendacity. Now that Lies and the Lying Liars is a best-seller, the publishers ought to get Franken to read the rest of this one for the audio version. I need to listen to something fun on the subway.

32 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Kyle
  • Lincoln, NE, USA
  • 03-22-03

The main reason for Rush Limbaugh's weight loss

Anybody who ever watched Rush's disturbing t.v. show had to have seen this book coming. Rush caters to those Americans who are too lazy to think for themselves, and would prefer to be spoon fed "truths". The show was run like an info-mercial, with canned applause coming from the neatly dressed sheeplike audience.

"Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" is about exposing the sillyness of Rush, but it is mostly about the willingness of the conservatives in our government to overlook their own short-comings while exposing the short-comings of those they don't agree with. Al Franken doesn't try to defend democrats, he simply tries to show the absurd hypocracy of many of the conservative republicans.

In closing, I bought this book in print for myself and I loved it so much that I bought it for my mom. My mom loved it, and what my mom says goes.

63 of 81 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful!

Franken's take on Swift's A Modest Proposal (the bit about getting Medicare costs down) had me laughing out loud - satire at its best. The audio presentation is first quality and a pleasure to listen to.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 07-22-03

Hilarious, insightful

Al Franken's work may make some people angry, but it's among the funniest political commentary out there, and it's also intelligent and based on more than the bombastic rantings he so deftly harpoons.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Classic Al Franken

A short and easy listen from Al Franken, this book is hilarious. Throughout it Al makes observations and points out various things in the hilarious way that only he can. Though the book's title is specifically focused on Rush Limbaugh, Al talks about plenty of other people and things throughout it. I love that he narrated the book himself and his dead-pan delivery is half of what makes the book so funny. My only complaint with this specific audiobook is that the sound quality isn't quite up to par with other books on here, so if you often listen to your audiobooks in places where there is lots of background noise you will probably find yourself rewinding quite a bit. But a great book overall, and I would recommend it to any fan of Al's work or fans of political humor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Los Altos, CA, USA
  • 02-05-04

Liars is a better book

The book itself is probably worth three stars. Not nearly as funny or insightful as Al's Liars book. The worst though is the audio quality of this title. Much of it is almost inaudible. It is hard to understand Al but his audio inserts are almost imposssible. If you are going to listen in the car I'd pass on this one.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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My favorite audiobook

I've listened to this book four times already. Franken's mission seems to be knocking hypocrites off their high horses. He even takes shots at himself. But the main thing is, he's funny and has great delivery. If you don't like intellectual humor or don't believe in personal freedom AND the common good, however, don't bother...you'll be disappointed.

14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-18-10

Worthless

This book contains little about Limbaugh. Mostly just a bunch of Al's rants and conversations that he had with rural conservatives that he met. Very little material to walk away with.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cather
  • Cumberland, VA, United States
  • 04-09-07

But of course.

But of course the conservatives and self-described dittoheads are going to rip this book. That's what they do. They want you not to read this book, and take their word for what's in it.

But the TRUTH is that this book is funny. And Pointed. And well written.

I do not, however, give abridged audiobooks five stars. So this loses one.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really.

What aspect of Al Franken’s performance would you have changed?

I always like Al Franken's performances, however, I felt this book was negative and mean and beneath him. It can't compare to his other books.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed in this book as his others are delightful and insightful. However, it wouldn't make me stop reading Al Franken's books.