Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race (John Stewart) – Review

Earth (the audiobook) : a visitor's guide to the human raceEarth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race by John Stewart & The Daily Show
Age: Adult
Genre: Nonfiction / Science / Social Science
Format: Audio CD
Hatchette Audio, 2010
3 discs, 3 hours & 38 minutes

On a recent road trip to Southern California, I picked up this audio book hoping for entertainment for the long drive. My husband and I were not disappointed. My husband is a tough one to please with audio books, but we are both big fans of John Stewart and the Daily Show. This audio book is thoroughly informative, entertaining and amusing in a satirical way. John Stewart narrates the majority of the book, which is written as a guide of the human race to a future alien race that finds planets Earth long after the human race has gone completely extinct.

Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones and John Oliver provide wonderful color commentaries by elaborating and interpreting certain points. From disc 1 to disc 3, Stewart and crew discuss the origin of planet Earth, the solar system, the history of culture, of religion, of food, pop culture, the continents, industry, etc. The delivery is dry and satirical. There is a black humor throughout the book as Stewart points out the aspects of life we avoid and aspects of life that we can proud revel in. This book leaves a lot of ideas up for discussion. I like that about this book. Although there are times where the human race is shamed for its actions, I never felt that any one guide was singled out unjustly and I didn’t feel as if Stewart and Co. forced their views onto the listener.

Find this book at your local library 

Book 43 of 2011

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4 responses to “Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race (John Stewart) – Review

  1. I had this out from the library, but it was so in-depth I didn’t think I could retain it all in 3 weeks. Mind you, that was the paper version. I am not sure I would want to do this one through audio. You would miss all the pictures!

  2. Oh I would definitely take my time going through the book. And I do really want to see the illustrations. The information was easier to take in via audio book though. The cast of the Daily Show is just really fun and very smart with their delivery.

  3. I really was surprised at just how easy it was to follow this in audio, after having read AMERICA in print.

    • I definitely plan on getting AMERICA in audio for our next road trip. I think both of these books can be overwhelming in print, but the humor in the narration helps keep the facts in my mind afterwards.

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