Review: America (The Audiobook)
I generally don’t include the publisher’s synopsis of a book, but this book defies description, so I’m including it this time:
Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show”, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government . . . Termed a “political king-maker” by Newsweek, and “the Dan Rather of infotainment” by Vanity Fair, Jon Stewart, along with the writers of “The Daily Show”, combines his riotous wit and razor-sharp insight in this hilarious book. American-style democracy is the world’s most beloved form of government, which explains why so many other nations are eager for us to impose it on them.
Written to mimic a government class textbook, America targets everyone involved in the government – no one is spared. This book is not for the easily offended – much of its content is politically incorrect, but that didn’t stop me from laughing out loud. I think part of why this book was so funny to me is that there is a kernel of truth behind most of the humor. For example, “discussion questions” are included at the end of each chapter and one of them is “How many of the nine Supreme Court justices can you name? How many of the nine members of The Brady Bunch can you name? What does that say about you?” I’ve asked a lot of people this question since reading America and I’m sure you can imagine the results – I’m not sure what that says about us as a country.
I listened to the audio version, which is read by the staff of The Daily Show, and I think it’s the perfect way to experience the book. Having different narrators for different parts of the books and a few sound effects kept me thoroughly entertained. I have a feeling the audio version was much better than the print version of this book. As you would expect with The Daily Show, there is language and irreverence, so this is not an audio book for the whole family. The audio version of the book lasts just over three hours.