• Stephen Colbert

  • Beyond Truthiness
  • By: Bruce Watson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
  • Length: 2 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (317 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Stephen Colbert is far more than a comedian and improv genius. As head of his fanciful Colbert Nation, the quick-witted host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and former host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report has delighted fans with his wit, audacity, and innovative uses of language and the media.

In this biography, award-winning journalist Bruce Watson, author of Jon Stewart: Beyond the Moments of Zen, charts Colbert's rise from boyhood tragedy to "greatest living cultural-media critic".

©2014 Bruce Watson (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Stephen! Stephen! Stephen!

I have always admired Stephen Colbert, and after learning more about his philanthropic side my admiration grows. He is truly one of the good guys.

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Excellent Brief Bio of Colbert-even tho dated now

I appreciated the attention given to his growing up from age 9 after tragic family loss. Interesting HS years & not experiencing more nurture for his talents. Somehow that brilliant mind got developed at Hampton Sydney ON HIS OWN time but he must have absorbed more. Early career years and sense of responsibility. A Southern gentleman who's maintained his humanity & nurtured his political awareness. Yes appreciate his humor continually, but readers will appreciate this TRUE SON OF The SOUTH even more as a MAN, husband and father more.

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  • 10-22-20

I'm a fan

Stephen Colbert has got to be the smartest man on earth period to be able to perceive comedy and seriousness and make it not only palatable but leaving you wanting more, a talent so many will never possess. I just enjoy Stephen Colbert and I'm glad I listened to this book although I wish it had been narrated by Steven himself it was still very well done.

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Interesting story and interesting man.

I didn’t know much about Colbert but this story told me lots and I am glad I learned about him.

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Well written enjoyable listen

Loved it and will listen to it again. Very entertaining contains a lot of information I didn't know about Stephen before.

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Making Politics more Palatable

Stephen Colbert is not only funny, he is extremely intelligent and very well informed. He manages to open our eyes with his critical thinking whilst keeping it light. He has certainly experienced a great deal of loss in his life. So appreciated his show during the lockdown due to the Covid Pandemic.

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  • 11-23-21

Great story, terrible narrator.

I don’t understand how someone who frequently miss pronounce his words and has an irritatingly nasal voice can be allowed to present an audiobook. His prosody is so limited I found myself losing focus and nodding off. Excellent content, intolerable presentation.

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Stephen, Stephen!

I started watching Stephen when he took over the Late Show after listening to my son, a fan of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, talk about him for years.
I enjoy his quirky sense of humor and quick wit.
I never saw the character described in this book, but now I know the roots of the Stephen Colbert that I’ve gotten to know and appreciate over the past decade or so.
Note: The narration was pretty good, but at times in the last chapter the voice sounded somewhat robotic.
Otherwise, I liked the book and getting to know my favorite late night tv host.

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Truthfully

Couldn’t unplug! A wonderful presentation - but of course with this fabulous human being as the subject of the podcast - you couldn’t go wrong!

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Great!

wish it was read by Stephen Colbert, but very entertaining and interesting. I'm a fan regardless.