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On the heels of his Emmy-winning It Gets Better campaign, columnist and provocateur Dan Savage weighs in on such diverse issues as healthcare, gun control, and marriage equality with characteristic straight talk and humor.

Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project - his book of the same name was a New York Times best seller - his profile has skyrocketed. In addition, he's written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Onion, GQ, The Guardian, Salon.com, and countless other widely read publications. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously.

Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

©2013 Dan Savage (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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  • Orlando
  • Murrieta, CA, United States
  • 12-10-13

Biased much?

Dan Savage can do no wrong! I'm an avid follower of his podcast, I love his take on relationships and sex, so maybe, I'm just a little bit biased. But who cares, right?

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  • Robert
  • North York, Ontario, Canada
  • 10-21-13

Price of Admission

What did you love best about American Savage?

Well substantiated arguments.

Would you recommend American Savage to your friends? Why or why not?

Absolutely. He brings forward good arguments, current topics and an interesting perspective.

Have you listened to any of Dan Savage’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. Some similar material.

If you could give American Savage a new subtitle, what would it be?

An excellent attention grabber as it is. No need to change it.

Any additional comments?

Thanks Dan for putting yourself out there. Always food for thought.

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  • Bethany
  • Roseville, MN, United States
  • 10-20-13

I am glad I stuck it out.

Would you listen to American Savage again? Why?

No, but it was good the first time.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved when he moved on from his usual topic, to things of more substance.
He is so good at crafting a compelling argument! I loved the part of him having over for dinner, a person who so adamantly apposed his views to have the freedom to marry. I think it is so important to have dialogue! instead of being angry or mean to each other.

What about Dan Savage’s performance did you like?

I love when Authors read their books, it is so impactful to the story. Hearing the pauses and inflection at just the moment it is intended is so wonderful!

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Learn what Dan thinks about ______

Fans of Dan Savage probably already know his opinion on a far range of subjects, as he is not one to hide his opinion. But this books details his opinion with nuance and details on not always provided to him in shorter formats.

Dan's book has some interesting anecdotes and stories, but it is more of an editorial than a biography. His views are thoughtful, and his tone is engaging. The book is a fun listen with Dan's original wit, humor and irreverence that people both love and hate him for.

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  • Katie
  • CANTON, NY, United States
  • 10-02-13

a great summary of Savage's recent work

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd push this book on anyone who is not familiar with Dan Savage's writing-- but who should be! If you're a regular reader/ listener of his column/ podcast, well, it's a fine summary of his writings/ rantings over the past 5-10 years, and totally worth a listen for a (relatively) concise summary of his more poignant points, and astute perspectives.

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  • joe
  • poncha springs,, CO, United States
  • 09-29-13

Real Men write books.

If you could sum up American Savage in three words, what would they be?

Strong, honest, and illuminating. Because this book is all three.

What did you like best about this story?

This book makes me a fan of Dan Savage, who I've read in passing. This man is honest and has a wonderful view of the BIG picture.

What does Dan Savage bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Author brings himself to the offering.

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

I portioned this out.

Any additional comments?

This book is a snapshot of humanity.

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Loved it

Where does American Savage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wonderful listen! Savage's witty style never lets you down.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the essay "Rick and Me"

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when does a rant become a screed?

Any additional comments?

As one who agrees with almost every point Savage makes in his essays, he reads too fast , too loud. Some of his bitchy asides leave a harsh and nasty aftertaste. In print, the essays probably seem more moderate. But then, Savage wants to be anything but moderate. Okay, okay, I get it. Embrace change. Move forward. Let me out of here.

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  • Stephen
  • Minami Awaji Shii, Japan
  • 06-15-13

Engaging

If you could sum up American Savage in three words, what would they be?

A regular person.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dan's story of his mother.

What about Dan Savage’s performance did you like?

Usually authors are not the best person to read their books but Dan hits it out of the ballpark.

Any additional comments?

A book that makes you really try to treat each person with more humanity.

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  • Jeffrey
  • Austin Texas, United States
  • 07-16-13

Excellent narration, good writing, but ...

... most of the subject matter were MSNBC TV rewrites (Rachel Maddow and company). The best part by far was about his mother and the next best about his relationship with his husband. The worst was the advice given to straight couples about this or that, who cares! I'll say one thing, the man can narrate and yes, write. Try your hand at a gay romance novel Dan ... oh, I forgot, you barely like to write. Oh well.

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