Title: Earth (The Audiobook)
Author: Jon Stewart & The Daily Show
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction, Satire, Audiobook
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
In this book, Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show present a guide to the human race for aliens. They picture a future in which the earth is still here, but humans have made themselves extinct. This book serves as an introduction to human life for aliens.
I really enjoyed America (The Audiobook), so I was eager to give Earth (The Audiobook) a try. Unfortunately, I discovered that, while Earth was amusing and held my attention, it wasn’t nearly as laugh-out-loud funny as America.
Once again, Jon Stewart and The Daily Show correspondents are the narrators of this audiobook, and they all do a wonderful job. Sigourney Weaver joins them as a sort of overall narrator, which might seem strange but it works out well. Her voice is actually very well suited to audio productions. The audio version is unabridged, a nice change from America, which was abridged. Its 3 and a half hours didn’t seem very long, though. While I wasn’t necessarily left wanting more, I definitely would have been happy with another hour or two of material.
I definitely found Earth funny and was chuckling throughout the listen, but I came away from it with a “meh” feeling. Perhaps it would have worked better in print, as other audio reviewers have stated. I also wonder if America worked better because poking fun at the quirks in American government are a staple for Stewart and his writers know its ins and outs. It’s also a finite entity – there’s only so much explaining you can do. Earth seemed much more sketchy; it’s clear that he focused on some points for the sake of humor, but overall it just didn’t make as much sense.
Earth is a book that probably works better in print than it does on audio, which is a shame because the entire cast is talented at narration. It’s an entertaining, short listen, so if you’re in the mood for something mindlessly amusing, this might be a great pick. Overall, though, I was a bit disappointed in it, though curious enough to want to seek out a print version to see if my suspicions about print vs. audio are true in this case.