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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook) Audiobook

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Funny. Irreverant. Historic. If American history had ever been presented this poignantly, more of us might have paid attention. Stewart and friends run the gamut: republicans and democrats, deadpan and laughable, serious and totally absurd. The vast array of comedians each deliver hilarious soundbites and yet the book comes together with stunning coherence. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

Termed a "political king-maker" by Newsweek, and "the Dan Rather of infotainment" by Vanity Fair, Jon Stewart, along with the writers of The Daily Show, combines his riotous wit and razor-sharp insight in this hilarious book.

American-style democracy is the world's most beloved form of government, which explains why so many other nations are eager for us to impose it on them. But what is American democracy?

In America (The Audiobook), Jon Stewart and The Daily Show writing staff offer their insights into our unique system of government, dissecting its institutions, explaining its history and processes, and exploring the reasons why concepts like "one man, one vote", "government by the people", and "every vote counts" have become such popular urban myths.

Among the topics:

  • Ancient Rome: The First Republicans
  • The Founding Fathers: Young, Gifted, and White
  • The President: King of Democracy
  • The Supreme Court: 18 Legs, Four Tits, One Mission
  • Running for Office: What Are You Thinking?
  • The Media: Can It Be Stopped?
  • The Future of Democracy: The Constitutional Robocracy and You!

    This program contains explicit language.

    (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks

  • What the Critics Say

    • Audie Award Finalist, Humor, 2005
    • Quill Award Winner, Audiobooks, 2005
    • Grammy Award Winner, Best Comedy Album, 2005

    "Cheeky, irreverent, and playfully ingenuous....This humorous sendup of American politics never fails to entertain, poke fun, and provoke thought." (Publishers Weekly)
    "The devil's own comedic handiwork, a side-splitting guide to the abuses and absurdities built into our political processes and institutions....Sustained clever writing and a smart, durable premise....As with Mr. Stewart's priceless anchorman persona and his show's hawk-eyed editing for real news gaffes, there is enough truth here to make America almost as instructive as it is sly." (The New York Times)

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      Aaron Rochester, MN, USA 10-09-04
      Aaron Rochester, MN, USA 10-09-04
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      "This book is fairly funny."

      It is kind of funny. I laughed a few times. He drops the F-bomb a bit - to make something more shocking thereby funny. Overall, it left me wishing I would have chosen a different book this month.

      1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      John Olympia, WA, USA 09-06-04
      John Olympia, WA, USA 09-06-04
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      "Pass This One By"

      To use the vernacular, Jon Stewart phoned this one in.

      I LOVE him on "The Daily Show". Unfortunately, this is NOT that. The only similarity is the voice.

      IF you just HAVE to buy this audiobook, fast forward to about 60 minutes in, wait for the laugh, and then fast forward again to 150+ minutes in. You will miss one other laugh, but it's more of a chuckle. I can't tell you what's after 150 minutes in 'cause I couldn't take it any more.

      Save your money and, more importantly, your time. Pass on this book.

      61 of 194 people found this review helpful
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      Tracy Coquille, OR, USA 06-06-07
      Tracy Coquille, OR, USA 06-06-07
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      "A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction"

      I am a fan of Jon Stewart and the Daily Show and this book was a real let down. I didn't finish the last hour of the book. The laughs were few and far between. It was real difficult to tell what the authors were spoffing and what really happened in histically.

      1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      Annie Ocala, FL, USA 06-09-06
      Annie Ocala, FL, USA 06-09-06
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      "Ho Hum!!"

      I found this to be dull and NOT funny as most reviews said - cannot find too much to laugh at in this book - I would like to get my money back for this one...

      1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      Rachel WARREN , NJ, USA 04-18-05
      Rachel WARREN , NJ, USA 04-18-05
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      "Surprisingly stupid!"

      Although I knew, having watched Jon Stewart on TV, that he could be fairly shallow - in a funny way - I guess I expected this to be a really sharp commentary on the pathetic nature of our current government and even the history of the form of government. I felt like I was sitting in a high school classroom with the remedial kids and a teacher who was trying desperately to get us to laugh so that we might not be distracted. Just such a disappointment - talk about speaking to the lowest common denominator... I try to pretend that Americans are not generally as ignorant as we actually are - but this book - given it's great success proves that we are pretty stupid. What a shame.

      3 of 12 people found this review helpful
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      William Linwood, NJ, USA 05-13-05
      William Linwood, NJ, USA 05-13-05
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      "Funny, despite the content..."

      Despite his obvious hatred of the country, Jon Stewart and company from the Daily Show deliver an, at times, fall-out-of-the-chair funny examination of American politics. If you can put out of your mind the obvious liberal/socialist bias and anger, the book is quite enjoyable. Not lost on me, was the irony of Stewart's attempt to dispute the allegation that the media is a left-leaning, Republican-hating institution, while delivering left-leaning, Republican-hating diatribe after diatribe.
      I gave this three stars solely because of Stewart's ability to make you laugh. There is no question that he and his co-writers are very funny. Lost are opportunities to take what no doubt would have been funny shots at both political parties. Instead, his vicious wit is reserved for conservatives and Republicans.
      I recommend listening to the book while trying to block out the normal reaction, which for most Americans would hopefully be to defend our country against this hilarious assault.

      3 of 13 people found this review helpful
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      Angelique New York, NY, USA 07-22-05
      Angelique New York, NY, USA 07-22-05
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      "How can you listen to the visuals?"

      I have this book in hardcover, and it is hilarious. If you care at all about the way the USA is run, and have a funny bone in your body, you will love this book. However, so much of the humor of this book are in graphs, tables, illustrations and charts -- i.e. visual communications. I don't own the audible version but I wonder how this would translate verbally?

      0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      P. Levine Washington, DC USA 07-14-05
      P. Levine Washington, DC USA 07-14-05 Listener Since 2005
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      "Boring"

      I decided to get this book as one of my free books when I did a free trial because I had heard both positive and negative reviews and wanted to find out for myself. Now I wish I hadn't wasted the credit. While I am a fan of "The Daily Show" I found this audiobook to be unfunny and boring. The four chapters I listened to seemed to drag on forever.

      Save your money and your credits and get something else.

      0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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      Tim Keller, TX, USA 07-13-05
      Tim Keller, TX, USA 07-13-05
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      "Cynicism lacks wit"

      I thought this book would be an entertaining synopsis of American History. Instead I found this book full of potty humor and fabrication. It's a shame that the author thinks so little of its audience. There are plenty of humorous and ridiculous stories about the founding of our country without resorting to cheap shots and make believe. Perhaps next time the author will do his homework.

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      Tim Westborough, MA, USA 02-08-05
      Tim Westborough, MA, USA 02-08-05
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      "Ok listen ... nothing great"

      This was a decent listen but not great ... certainly not as good as the ratings indicate. Humorous walk thru of history and presidents.

      0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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