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What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Stephen Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it.

The author describes his audiobook as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's. In plain conversational language, not to mention the occasional grunt and/or whistle, Stephen explains his take on the most pressing concerns of our culture: faith, family...hygiene.

Why now? Stephen fears America has lost its balls and he hopes to re-ballify us...even the ladies. Ladies can have balls: lady-balls too. Stephen likes to call those "Thatchers". Stephen will show how he got his mammoth swinging sack with tales of courage and vital documents from his own life, including the Mother's Day card he made at age six, disputed credit-card bills, and putt-putt score cards - all the major milestones.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Funny, but disappointing.

As a long fan of the Daily Show, and the Colbert Report, I was excited to see that the Daily Show team had made the book "America The Book". I downloaded the audio and have since listened to it dozens of times. I was, is, and always will be, overwhelmingly funny. So when I saw that Colbert had released his own version of a comedic audiobook, I didn't hesitate. To be fair, the book is entertaining, more entertaining I think if you have not seen too much of the Colbert Report show. But it falls way short of the comedic genius that was "America the book". It is my opinion that the Colbert character, while funny, is best served in doses with other characters mixed in. The thing that made "America the book" so good was the collaboration of the various Daily Show comedians, Stewart, Colbert, Bee, Black, Cordery, etc. "I am america" is basically Colbert in a monologue with a few interruptions, it consists of a rehashing of much of Colberts hilarious stereotypes of a right winger into book form. If you think the Colbert Report is better than the Daily Show, this book is definitely for you, buy it now! Personally, I have always preferred the more balanced comedy that only Stewart and his team or comedic personas can create.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Vernix
  • San Antonio, TX USA
  • 02-07-09

Love it or hate it , no middle.

Rarely do I read reviews with so bimodal a distribution of reviews and stars.

Love it or hate it.

I laughed till I hurt.
My wife finds it silly/offensive.

If you like the Colbert Repor' you will find it a lively dose of Steve in a different method of delivery.

If you find Steve Colbert's style of irreverence, cynicism, disrespect for any and everything funny buy it and enjoy and laugh. The art of laughing at ourselves, our society and our way of life is his forte.

If you find Mr. Colbert's style of humor tasteless or tiring or too cynical move on and keep shopping.

I loved it.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Where is the rest?

I too bought the book as soon as it was avalible. It is a great listen. My only problem with the book is it is abridged. I would like to have had the option of the unabridged version of this very funny book.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Ila
  • South Bound Brook, NJ, USA
  • 08-23-08

Not good for listening

This book might be a good read but it is not good for listening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dustin
  • Taylorsville, UT, USA
  • 11-06-07

Scuba Lessons

2 of my friends and I listened to this book while we drove to Scuba lessons. As much fun as the scuba lessons were, we had the drive to look forward to also. Of course I'm the hero since I paid for it. If I have any complaint: there is just not enough Colbert on Audible. More Colbert, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart. If you like this get the interviews on Fresh Aire with Terry Gross. I don't know why I wrote if you like this... you will like this as the laughter puts you in tears.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Shawn
  • Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA
  • 11-11-07

A Little Effort Please

This was nothing but a disappointment. I'm a big fan of his show and this was no where near that caliber. It's not clever, just fairly unfunny things said in character. I'm wondering if he saved money by not letting his staff writers help on this.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

Not funny

What a disappointment; I smiled twice. I never laughed once. I'm a big fan, so I'm saddened by this waste of time.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Westminster, CA, United States
  • 05-05-09

Very funny but in small doses.

Stephen Colbert is very funny. But as with most comedic writers I can only take it in small doses. If you like nonsensical humor grab a listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Colbert is genious but....

The book is a fantastic outlook, sometimes sarcastic, and always subtly critical. My lower rating was simply due to the fact that I feel a lot was lost by abridging the book. The only reason that I bought the abridged version was because an unabridged version was not available.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars

Not as funny as his show

I think Colbert might benefit from the play he gets off his audience and guests. He just doesn't come across as funny in a straight-up audio book. I stopped listening / reading about halfway through, I just found myself losing interest and paying attention to other things instead of the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful