Monday, April 3, 2017

Not As Great As The First

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren'tAmerica Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert
Reviewed by Jason Koivu
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Another one? Ugh, what is it with me and duds lately?

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't feels half-assed. It doesn't help that Colbert draws attention to it by playing up that aspect of this very quick audiobook. He hams it up by acting put upon by his publisher to push out another book on the success of the last.

The thing is, stripping that away, this feels rushed and light on content. Ooooh the filler! Sooooo much filler. This has more filler than an embalmed Phyllis Diller. What's that even mean? Doesn't matter, because you see what I did there? Just padded my word count, thank you very much! Too often that's what you get in America Again.

Of course you also get a fair amount of that wonderfully tongue-in-cheek Colbert humor; that razor-sharp wit. America and what's wrong with it from the perspective of his faux conservative talk show host character provides most of the content, which admittedly got at least two solid snort-chuckles out of me. Maybe two and a half. And that's basically how I rated this one. It's a 2.5 at best. Unfortunate, because I love Stephen Colbert. I just don't love this book.

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