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Behind every awful, dangerous decision lurks one evil beast: the Cool.

From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale. The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government - and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship their coolness. The cool fawn over terrorists, mock the military, and denigrate employers. They are, in short, awful people.

In Not Cool, Greg Gutfeld, host of Red Eye and cohost of The Five, and best-selling author of The Joy of Hate, lays out the battle plan for reclaiming the real American ideal of cool (building businesses, protecting freedom at home and abroad, taking responsibility for your actions, and leaving other people alone to live as they damn well please). Not Cool fights back against the culture of phonies, elitists, and creeps who want your soul. It’s not a book, it’s a weapon - and one should be armed with it at all times.

©2014 Greg Gutfeld (P)2014 Random House Audio

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  • nick
  • Jacksonville, Florida, United States
  • 01-13-15

Severely Biased with some really good points

What did you like best about Not Cool? What did you like least?

I liked the relevance and the points Gutfield was making in the context of modern politics, issues, and pop-culture.

What three words best describe Steve Kramer’s performance?

He made Gutfeld sound even more like a douche by using exceptionally well-tuned sarcastic, whiny, and other emotional voices. Good work, I think. Just annoying though.

Was Not Cool worth the listening time?

Yes. It is worth getting the viewpoints from another individual who has overlapping viewpoints and different viewpoints as well.

Any additional comments?

Severely biased and opinionated, Gutfeld goes on some of the Obama is the worst president ever tirades that could have been wayy more educated and well thought out. Don't get me wrong, I didn't vote for him, but I thought his arguments could have been far more plausible if he had used more factual information instead of inserting his opinions. I also think it is ironic that he uses quips, one-liners and mostly bad jokes to fluff his writing. Gutfeld nails it on some issues such as age, and race, but totally misses his mark when he tried to talk about women's role in society throughout the years.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book, but terrible choice for narrator

Would you try another book from Greg Gutfeld and/or Steve Kramer?

Yes

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Steve Kramer?

Greg Gutfeld, for crying out loud!! Greg, why didn't you read your own book? This guy reads like some old worn-out broadway actor, with golden toned enunciation. The humor, which is such a critical part of this book is totally lost by horrible reading by Kramer.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Greg Gutfeld kills it with this book!

Mr Kramer did a great job, but being a fan of Greg Gutfeld I just wish he had read it himself!

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  • Straycat
  • OTR trucker, WI, USA
  • 11-03-14

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

What disappointed you about Not Cool?

the most Not Cool thing about the book, is that at no point do you ever get to hear the author OF the book. He read his first book, The Bible Of Unspeakable Truths.Oh only read the Intro to his second book, The Joy Of HATEand Very Not Cool, you do not get to hear Gutfeld at all in this book

Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Gutfeld again?

If Greg Gutfeld reads it, Yes. if it at least does the intro, maybe. he's still Very funny... but it's not the same as having my belgain house boy (I have three, to quote gutfeld) whisper it into my ear as when Greg does it... which is why I'm getting a restraining order on Greg Gutfeld to keep from from sneak into my house to whisper his books into my ear while I'm trying to sleep.

Which scene was your favorite?

this is GREG GUTFELD we're talking about here... so it has to involve booze. and belgain house boys. and his Suzuki samurai, the hot pink Malibu barbie edition...(note: actually that car is only ever mentioned in his first book)

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I'd have to say that I was disappointed that Greg didn't read any part of this book. Steve Kramer is good, almost as good as Greg is at reading Greg's material. He could probably easily replace Greg, as a writer, and on his shows. I think that might even be an improvement since then Greg could stay at home with his lovely wife and drink more... until she divorced him. than all Greg would do is drink. hopefully that's all Greg would do is drink, but maybe Greg would take up reading audiobooks again, and that could only be a good thing.maybe even some of his own books.

Any additional comments?

for whatever reason Greg Gutfeld chose not to read for his AudioBook "Not Cool" which just goes to show the most UnCool thing about the book is that Greg didn't read it.it's not bad, I've listened to it a couple times now. but it'd be Sooooo much better (and 20% cooler) had Greg read it himself.(if you know gutfeld at all, you will know he has an unhealthy obsession with unicorn porn, or uniporn as he calls it. so I added a pony reference that hopeful greg will read, and be inspired to read his next book, making me like him... Have I mentioned he's really short? no? Penn Jillette does in the introduction to The Bible Of Unspeakable Truths. hell, I bought the bible of unspeakable truths Because Penn Jillette wrote the intro, thats how I found greg. Penns intro was enough for me to buy the first book and greg read it. that was enough for me to buy the second book... greg only read the intro. but that was ok because it was still a good book. I bought the third book, but unless greg bothers to at least read the into to his NEXT book I'm probably not going to buying it)

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  • David
  • Glenview, IL, USA
  • 08-19-14

A Mix of Serious Insight & Sharp, Convivial Humor

Not Cool is full of sharp, witty insights on lots of topics, all roughly related to his "What is Cool Today and Why it Sucks" theme. After reading all 3 of his excellent books, I am convinced that Gutfeld has successfully carved out a position in the Conservative/Libertarian world that is similar to the one John Stewart has created for himself within the liberal precincts. Like Stewart, he manages to serve up important messages in a thoroughly entertaining way, without losing credibility for unfair bias with all but the most virulent, unreasonable members of the opposition party.

If he wasn't funny, I'd still be interested in his serious take on the issues of the day. If he wasn't actually a sharp, incisive commentator on those same issues, I'd still read him for his curmudgeonly sense of humor. But he is actually an unusual amalgam of both, and that is a delightful anomaly in the field of political and cultural commentary. To those of us who don't care all that much about "cool," that combination of intelligent seriousness and wit is kinda . . . well, cool.

Highly recommended for listeners of all political persuasions, and John Stewart's audience should make a point of reading it twice. Steve Kramer does a very good job of narrating, but I wish Gutfeld had narrated "Not Cool" like he did for his first book. He has a self-deprecating style of speaking that really sells the comedic elements and leavens the edgier barbs. And that kind of convivial comedic seriousness seems like the best recipe for delighting his fans, while at the same time gently prying open the minds of detractors so that his well-reasoned, intelligent arguments can slip in and start making logic babies in their brains. Read this one, for sure.

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Laugh out loud funny!

Would you listen to Not Cool again? Why?

Gutfeld writes what most people are thinking, but would never admit it.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Nothing but the truth.

What three words best describe Steve Kramer’s voice?

Con: Gutfeld should have done narration.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not Cool is so true it made me sad.

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Greg Gutfeld = H.L. Mencken 2.0

Greg Gutfeld is my favorite social critic since H.L. Mencken, and their styles (even physical appearances) are eerily similar...if I were a strong believer in reincarnation, this would be an interesting case...

Greg is Witty, Hilarious, and Captivating with a TRUE Moral compass :)

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A New Way to Look at Society - The Gutfeld Way

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

Yes , if you are a fan of the 5 or Red Eye. Greg is handcuffed on the TV media, but does he let it fly in this book - There are parts I have listened to 3-4 times. What he is saying not only is humorous but makes one think. How thinks changed in the 50's when everyone wanted to be "cool" . A very diverse way of looking at society from people wanting to be connected with the "cool" group.If you grow up in the 50's - 60's a must read.

What did you like best about this story?

The Psychology of what people will do to be part of a "cool" group. It is a funny book , but the book makes you think - WOW I never thought of it that way. The theme is carried right to the current day.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think it came in the beginning of the book and then I was hooked. The comparison of a new H.S. student walking into a H. S.hallway and he compare the lockers to apartments. - Interesting.

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

I don't think there was a moment that moved me, but I was surprised how current today's world events were attached to the "cool"idea. He made connections to today's world leaders, make one scratch their head.

Any additional comments?

This is one book I will listen to again.

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Missing Gutfeld

What made the experience of listening to Not Cool the most enjoyable?

I really enjoy losing track of time while listening to an audible book. I started listening to it while I was on a long, long drive and the next thing I knew I had arrived at my destination.

What three words best describe Steve Kramer’s performance?

He was OK

Any additional comments?

This audible book would have been so much better if the author Greg Gutfeld had done the reading. His style (sarcasm), wit, and humor just did not come across the same with a different voice.

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Excellent Perspective on Society, but...

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

Not unless children could never hear it.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

How people have no common sense if they think doing or believing in something will cause them to be perceived as "cool."

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

Voice inflections are similar to GG, but not GG.

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

no

Any additional comments?

Rough language and crude references made it hard to enjoy - especially in light of the fact that my 9 year old son is in the car with me a lot.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful