Book Reviews of I Am America (And So Can You!) (Audio CD) (Abridged)

I Am America (And So Can You!) (Audio CD) (Abridged)
I Am America - And So Can You! - Audio CD - Abridged
Author: Stephen Colbert
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ISBN-13: 9781600240362
ISBN-10: 1600240364
Publication Date: 10/9/2007
Edition: Abridged
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 37 ratings
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 18
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.
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Helpful Score: 8
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.

Read it now! You'll love it. Just like me.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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!
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Helpful Score: 1
Half graphic novel, half text...all of the Stephen we have come to know and love!
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Helpful Score: 1
Suffice to say, those who watch The Colbert Report have an idea of what to expect in this book if you like the TV show, you'll like the book. If you do not, you will not. And if you're a neophyte I'd take the gamble and try the book it's an easy read.

Fans may realize just how much the graphics that augment Colbert's television monologues help enhance his humor due to their absence in this boo.(which I listened to in Audio, narrated by the author with a little help from friends. This certainly helped stay in the spirit of the TV show.)

Perhaps the one thing that was lacking and had to be was the timelieness of some of the opinions expressed. Since the book can't be prepared and tweaked within 24 hours, the matters discussed had to be more long-term in nature.

Rating: 4 stars. Having seen some of his (in my opinion) best work on television, I know this was good but that he's got more in the tank.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great outlook. My thoughts exactly!
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a quick read but a great book. Stephen is so funny he actually made me laugh out loud at some parts. Not for the easily offended but if you're a fan of Stephen Colbert, it's definitely worth reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
If you are an ultra conservative, you will hate this book. But, one of the funniest books I have ever read. I really enjoyed it!
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One word describes this book "Awesome". I had a lot of laugh out loud moments.
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I am an avid fan of Stephen Colbert, but I have to say I have the problem with this book.

The actual content was great. It is the same kind of stuff humor and attitude he gives in his show, with diagrams, and really funny liner notes. The problem is that when I read it, I didn't have Colbert's voice in my head delivering the lines like he does on his show, I had my voice in my head reading how I read. I had to really concentrate to hear it the way he would say it, etc, which took some of the fun from it. I don't often read comedy books, so that might be another problem of mine.

If you can imagine him reading the book to you it's great, and even if you can't it's still entertaining. If you're a fan it's definitely worth a read.
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Ho hum. Colbert is better as a performer than a writer.
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some funny parts, otherwise, eh.
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Genre: Political Humor (audio book)

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.

3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Super funny if you already watch The Colbert Report, if not, it is still funny, but there are little innuendos that may be missed.
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Very funny - have t obe a Colbert fan to enjoy it.
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Amusing. Better to listen to this than nothing in a car ride.
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I really enjoy satire and sarcasm, as life is too short to be taken seriously. Plus, we are all way too politically correct today. I bet if I told a Tom Swift joke (remember those?) the media would vilify me.

Having said that.... as far as the book goes, I guess "you had to be there" for it to be funny. Thank God I don't have cable, so I can't watch Colbert on TV.
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hilarious!!
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This kind of book always cheers me up.