Back-of-the-Box blurb: Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture – … With their trademark wit, irreverence, and intelligence, Stewart and his team will posthumously answer all of life’s most hard-hitting questions, completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.
She Is Too Fond of Books’ thoughts: I love Jon Stewart. No, not “love, love” him, just love him – he’s smart, he’s funny (hey, he’s a lot like my husband). The Daily Show is entertaining, and Jon Stewart is hold-your-sides-while-tears-stream-down-your-face-from-laughing-so-hard in person. Note this post with some photos and a bit about the author breakfast Jon Stewart hosted at BEA 2010.
Smart, witty, quick with extemporaneous retorts, a known commodity when it comes to entertainment … I expected to laugh my way through my treadmill workouts with this audiobook. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way.
I think the disconnect came because Stewart’s delivery depends so much on his physical being. He’s not a slapstick guy (The Three Stooges, even Steve Martin’s older stuff), but his stance and his facial expressions add so much to his routine. I would say that they’re an integral part of it.
Without Jon Stewart’s grimaces, raised eyebrows, and other gestures, the Earth was indeed flat. It wasn’t funny.
The print edition of Earth fares much better, as it is full of pictures, charts, diagrams, and sidebars. These visuals add so much to the “text” that comprised the audiobook; it would definitely be my recommendation to read the book instead of listening to the audio.
Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race was read by Sigourney Weaver, Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, and John Oliver. The familiar voices were fun to listen to, but not enough to keep me engaged.