Book Review: Earth (The Audiobook) – Jon Stewart & The Daily Show

Title: Earth (The Audiobook)
Author: Jon Stewart & The Daily Show
ISBN: 9780446579223
Pages: 256
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Non-Fiction, Satire, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

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Comments

  1. I probably liked this a little bit more than you did, but I’m like you – it didn’t live up to my expectations after listening to America.

  2. I probably liked this a little bit more than you did, but I’m like you – it didn’t live up to my expectations after listening to America.

  3. I keep meaning to read America! Jon Stewart and his crew are so laugh-out-loud funny. I think Sigourney Weaver is a good voice-over person; she did the video series Earth (is that what it was called? The one with the amazing nature video)

  4. I keep meaning to read America! Jon Stewart and his crew are so laugh-out-loud funny. I think Sigourney Weaver is a good voice-over person; she did the video series Earth (is that what it was called? The one with the amazing nature video)

  5. I should definitely backtrack and listen to America…I do everything out of order, it seems. 🙂

  6. I should definitely backtrack and listen to America…I do everything out of order, it seems. 🙂

  7. I think I am going to go with the print version of this book, as I have heard a lot of people mention that the audio was a little disappointing. Thanks for your honest thoughts on this book!

  8. I think I am going to go with the print version of this book, as I have heard a lot of people mention that the audio was a little disappointing. Thanks for your honest thoughts on this book!

  9. I’ve held off on both books in audio. I keep meaning to check them out of the library and try them in print.

  10. I’ve held off on both books in audio. I keep meaning to check them out of the library and try them in print.

  11. I read this in audio and was also disappointed. Thinking it was because of the lack of visuals I requested the print version from the library. It didn’t help. With tons of pictures and graphics it’s not the kind of book I like to sit back and just read. It would, however, make a nice coffee table book for browsing.

  12. I read this in audio and was also disappointed. Thinking it was because of the lack of visuals I requested the print version from the library. It didn’t help. With tons of pictures and graphics it’s not the kind of book I like to sit back and just read. It would, however, make a nice coffee table book for browsing.

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