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Publisher's Summary

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

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"Of all the comic commentators, Maher is the gutsiest, boldest, and least inhibited." (The Washington Post)

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Hilarious!

Classic Bill Maher. Great insight. Funny shit! Resonates in today's politics and society. Definite recommend.

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ok

It is cute. A regurgitation of his on air segment on "rules" on his show.

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Unnecessarily vulgar!

Aren't we beyond where swearing should get a laugh? When you need to resort to shock value, it doesn't say much about your content. Bill, if you are so witty, why can't you come up with something more intelligent and less insulting to our intelligence? I am embarrassed to have this in my library.

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  • LK
  • 04-25-15

Love It!

First person ever to EXPLAIN the democratic and republican party to me.
Thanks for the read Bill! Cant wait for next book.

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  • bill
  • Fleming Island, Florida, United States
  • 05-07-13

Little or no new stuff in here

What did you like best about The New New Rules? What did you like least?

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.

Has The New New Rules turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all!

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Humorous but can get a bit repetitive

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

True to his show, Bill Maher uses humor to entertain while discussing various political points.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Funny Good

Would you consider the audio edition of The New New Rules to be better than the print version?

Great book. If you are a fan of the show real time then you will love this book.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Read by Maher

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  • Shawn
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 03-18-13

Should of Bought the Written Version

Would you listen to another book narrated by Bill Maher?

Yes

Do you think The New New Rules needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe, but I will much rather read it not listen to it.

Any additional comments?

"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.

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I have it on Repeat!!

What made the experience of listening to The New New Rules the most enjoyable?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I've listened to this book over and over again.

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  • Jcruzort
  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 11-05-12

Fun, especially if you're a fan of the show

Watching the actual show is better; somehow the audience laughter and the live element makes his delivery of the "new rules" more striking. But I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book (read by Maher himself). Additionally, it contains a lot of rules that never aired. With Maher, you know what you are getting: acerbic whit, diatribes against the right and traditional values: marriage, religion, the culture of consumption, etc. Sometimes I think he has gone too far, but the challenge of great comedy has always been to give voice to unspoken truths, criticize sacred values, and push the boundaries of our tolerance. This book certainly has a lot of pushing, criticism, and truth. Enjoy.