America: The Audio Book (Jon Stewart & The Daily Show) – Review

America (the audiobook) : [a citizen's guide to democracy inactionAmerica: The Audiobook by Jon Stewart & The Daily Show
Genre: Non-Fiction / American History
Format: Audio CD (3discs – 4hrs)
Publisher: Time Warner Audio, 2004
Find this book at your local library

One of the first productions from the Daily Show crew from Comedy Central is this account of American political history. In true Daily Show form, Jon Stewart and crew (among the notables: Steven Colbert & Ed Helms) tell the tale of American history with various asides and comical tangents pointing out the ironies, hypocrisies and other elements of our past.

I picked this audiobook up for the long road trip north from San Diego after New Years. My husband and I really loved the other Daily Show audiobook – Earth: A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race and we thought this would be just as entertaining.

Sadly, it wasn’t. It wasn’t badly produced. I just found America The Audiobook to be more boring and slower in pace than Earth. For full disclosure: I did fall asleep through the entire second half of disc 1. Stewart is, and always will be, a great narrator. He just has that perfect pitched voice, and his comic timing is fantastic. Since this book/audio was originally released in 2004, a lot of the contemporary political jabs and jests seem out of date, especially with all that’s transpired in the last eight years since it was first published. I think a second edition, along with more side scenes and commentaries from the current Daily Show crew would liven it up a bit.

America: The Audiobook is very factual, and I think would make for a great read-along resource for high school American history classes. Get the facts and the humor all in one go. Granted, the writer’s do take some liberties with historical figures, so I would not suggest referencing or quoting from the book in essays or assignments.

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3 responses to “America: The Audio Book (Jon Stewart & The Daily Show) – Review

  1. Interesting, I liked AMERICA much better than EARTH, but I read that in print and listened to EARTH. I think AMERICA has a lot more stuff that really needs print.

    • I think I would have easily enjoyed both in their print formats. I think Earth is just playful than America and definitely broader in substance. Also there were more voices and commentaries from the cast of the Daily Show.

  2. hardlyregistered

    We have this book too & it if so full of illustrations that I couldn’t ever imagine it being transferred to audio format.

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