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I Am America (And So Can You!) (Audio CD) (Abridged)
I Am America - And So Can You! - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Stephen Colbert What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. 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 th... more »at word and claim ownership of it.
Stephen Colbert describes his audiobook as a simple audiobook from a simple mind--Stephen Colbert. It is one man's attempt to wedge his brain between hardback covers---in this case CD jackets. 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...Hygene.
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: the Mother's Day card he made at age six, disputed credit card bills, putt-putt score cards--all the major milestones.
"Shouted by the Author"
Colbert bloviates this all-points spoof, but the full cast includes the oldest man in the world, who flatlines after reminiscing about the joy of racism. God, who also testifies, is a huge Colbert fan. He once answered everyones prayers, He explains, but now its gimme, gimme, gimme. Since players on both teams beg for victory, I usually have no choice but to answer the prayer of whatever team is better. Religion, Sex and Dating, The Homosexual Agenda (Do Not Read By Glowstick Light)--the fabulous fake TV pundit sets the world aright. Its all in Colberts voice: Hes angry, hes confident, and hes kidding. If only all TV and radio pundits traded the hating business for the laughing business. Lord, hear my prayer. -- AudioFile
Not for the easily offended (though I think they wouldn't be interested in this book anyway!) If you're a fan of The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, chances are you will appreciate this book. It's 100% in character, and was so funny I couldn't put it down. This is seperated into many different sections: The Family, Old People, Animals, Religion, Sports, Sex & Dating, Homosexuals, Higher Education, Hollywood, The Media, Class War, Race, Immigrants and Science. It also contains "Fun Zone" activities (ha!) a section called "A Note To the Future" (with instructions on defrosting Colbert's head), and countless funny margin jokes and much more. The end of the book also contains a transcript of Colbert's memorable address at the 2006 White House Correspondant's Dinner, making this a must have for Colbert fans. If you like your politics served with plenty of satire- or vice versa- this is worth the money! I know I'll be re-reading this through the years, and I'm very glad I splurged and picked this up.
I picked this up not expecting to get much from it. He is after all just a television personality! However, I must say he has completely changed my life. I had no idea just how wrong I was about many things in my life!
I would like to thank him personally for doing so much for me and all of my friends. Whom I tell about him. All the time.
As a bonus while reading this book I lost fifteen lbs! No kidding. Amazing book.
I don't watch much tv, so I wasn't too familiar with The Colbert Report before reading this book. After reading this book I realize how little I truly know! Thanks to Mr. Colbert, I now have a better understanding of the world.
Honestly, I think Stephen Colbert is a comic genius and highly intelligent to boot. I am now a fan. Although, I have both the hardcover and the audio book and I have to say, the humor translates a lot better in the audio version. I highly recommend hearing the author's words in his own words.
As I listened to this book, I immediately thought of how much better it must be on audio. (I noticed another reviewer here, Karen, agreed) I remember some months ago flipping through the text of the actual book, and being a bit underwhelmed.
Hearing Stephen Colbert narrate the text makes all the difference... giving the words life and maximum comic effect.
However, I would be surprised if there was anyone listening who at some point was not mildly offended at what he said (I know I was)! But that's the goal.
He covers lots of controversial topics like sex, religion, family life, and despite the fact that most of "opinions" he espouses are completely outrageous, occasionally they rang true, which worried me! :)
Also, you might find that some of the stuff he says is no doubt believed by large groups of people. Therefore, you have some scary mixed in with the funny.
My main point is, however, I think the audio version of this book has to be much better than the printed text... this way, you get the entire Colbert experience!
I have to say that I read this book because I was on a long drive with my boyfriend. He had recently bought this audio book even though he had previously read the book. I wasnt sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not; I am not the most adamant fan of his show, but I enjoyed this book enough.
This book is essentially the life story of the character Stephen Colbert. He discusses his opinions on many things from marriage and gender roles, to college education, the work force, religion and politics. He speaks in sarcasm and ridicules ways of life in America today that are failing.
I think this book is more effective in the audio book format. It is narrated by Colbert himself so you get the true feel of how he speaks and his mannerisms. It is very similar to the way he is on his television show. So if you like his show, you will enjoy the book. There are also other narrators on this book as well, including a cameo by none other than John Stewart (Colberts rival). The use of multiple narrators breaks up the story and makes it a much more enjoyable audio-book.
All-in-all I enjoyed this book. I think I enjoyed it a little more than his television show. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan. I would also caution new readers to understand this book is sarcasm and humor and to not take anything he says personally.