Extended Audio Sample

Download Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Dont Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards (Unabridged) Audiobook, by P. J. O’Rourke
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (297 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. J. O’Rourke Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

In Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards, best-selling humorist P. J. O Rourke, whose On the Wealth of Nations, about the foundations of economic,s has been published in 18 languages, delivers a hilarious theory of politics.

America's most subversive conservative, O Rourke describes government as a devil's bargain between power, freedom, and responsibility, and goes on to hilariously skewer the politicians who have bargained with us to consolidate power, and the many mini-bargains and evasions that citizens have made with the consequences of their choices.

P. J. O'Rourke begins with a party game that comes to us from late-night giggle sessions in all-girls boarding schools: Kill, F@#%, Marry. Pick three men - or, in O Rourke's version, three political ideologies, i.e., Democrat, Republican, and Independents (a.k.a. Confused). Then you have to choose which to terminate with extreme prejudice, which to go for a roll in the hay with, and which to settle down with permanently for a boring life in the suburbs. This astute tool of political analysis works on the parts of government as well as on the political thinking that led to those parts: Kill the Department of Education, screw Social Security, and marry the Armed Forces. The same for political policies: Screw the bailout, marry a balanced budget, and national health care kills you.

O Rourke explores the basis of our democracy - the aforementioned power, freedom, and responsibility, a.k.a. the Kill, F@#%, Marry of liberty and self-rule. O Rourke favors - reluctantly, he admits - responsibility. From the woes of nation-building to the woes of letting politicians rebuild the automobile industry, no irresponsibility of America's political establishment is spared. Why, he asks, was the health care reform debate framed in terms of health insurance? (When your house is on fire, do you call Allstate or 911?) Listen to P. J. O Rourke on the path... Download and start listening now!

BK_BRLL_002442

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 2/18/2014

    " I couldn't really sink into this. I think I need escapist fiction right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Upom | 1/31/2014

    " Another humorous piece by O'Rourke. Not as funny as his past works, but still has a few chuckles. One of the sad things is this the first book I read where O'Rourke somewhat denounces his libretarian views. His humor is still sharp, but weakens with some careful thought. Still an intelligible read that gives pause when considering liberal vs. conservative ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Reaves | 1/20/2014

    " Even if your politics are to the left of P.J. O'Rourke's, odds are you'll find something to laugh at or something to agree with in this book; he doesn't spare anybody, least of all Us the People. In amongst the gags and the rants is a pretty keen analysis of why government can't help but screw things up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/17/2014

    " I LOVES me some P.J. O'Rourke! When I was wading through the bog that is, essentially, the retarded worldview of academia, P.J saved me with great books like Parliament of Whores, All the Trouble in the World, Eat the Rich, Peace Kills, etc. Sick of the whole political mess we are going through? Listen to this bit of wisdom: "If there's something we want, politics shouldn't be our first resort. Politics is all taking, no making. Whatever politics provides for us will be obtained from other people. Those people won't love us." Additionally, O'Rourke unknowingly sides with President Uchtdorf with his thesis on politics and envy. It is all about pride. Well done, P.J., well done! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jvwebb | 1/15/2014

    " P.J. is funny and shoots straight. Better that the average political book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/14/2014

    " Typical PJ. Funny, but nothing really new here. Parliament of Whores remains his best. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Harry | 12/22/2013

    " WTF!?!? I can't understand all of PJ's academic references. This book is almost unreadable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 12/1/2013

    " Such a letdown. His last book, on the auto industry, was much better. In terms of government books, it lacked insight and wit. It was intelligent whining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 11/24/2013

    " Typical O'Rourke, meaning it is funny and on target. Liberals and all politicians deserve the ridicule they get in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 7/8/2013

    " I hadn't read O'Rourke in a good 15 years before this book. I remember loving his earlier works. This one seemed forced and less interesting. Maybe it is me who has changed, but I would have been better off skipping this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/1/2013

    " I agreed with some, didn't agree with some, didn't particularly like the language. It made me think about politics, especially politics right now in a different way. Reading something from a moderate libertarian is always interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 3/19/2013

    " While the political philosophy is as strong as ever, O'Rourke's comedy is aging badly, resulting in a stilted and difficult read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Roberts | 2/9/2013

    " O'Rourke's trademark wit combined with common sense and wisdom in examining politics in general, as well as the particulars of our current situation. Highly recommended; should be required reading for every American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill Crosby | 2/9/2013

    " Ah, PJ. Would LOVE to sit down with you and have a whiskey and cigar, and bemoan the behemoth that is America politic. My hero! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg Crowl | 10/6/2012

    " Somewhat funny, as usual, but ultimately shallow and predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint | 2/24/2012

    " I enjoy reading O'Rourke. He has slightly conservative views and they are humorous. His moderateness is a good way to help me communicate with my more progressive friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 2/2/2012

    " I like P.J. O'Rourke, but this one was more than a little disjointed. Some good moments, but overall not one I'd recommend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kit Langhorne | 1/4/2012

    " Not relevant to Australia (which btw has compulsory voting), not worth finishing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg | 10/17/2011

    " I'm sure PJ O'Rourke is smart; I'm also confident he's funny. But throwing a joke in every single sentence is just irritating. I could hardly read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 5/14/2011

    " Hilarious as always. Smart. A bit crazy. But fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/4/2011

    " Worth reading if you are "hall monitor" for TAKS testing week - otherwise PJ has a lot better books out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 4/29/2011

    " I agreed with some, didn't agree with some, didn't particularly like the language. It made me think about politics, especially politics right now in a different way. Reading something from a moderate libertarian is always interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greg | 4/9/2011

    " Somewhat funny, as usual, but ultimately shallow and predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 4/3/2011

    " Typical O'Rourke, meaning it is funny and on target. Liberals and all politicians deserve the ridicule they get in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 3/31/2011

    " Serious, but fun, look at American politicians and politics by a satirist who does not pull many punches. Read at your own risk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/16/2011

    " Typical PJ. Funny, but nothing really new here. Parliament of Whores remains his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 3/5/2011

    " Ah, PJ. Would LOVE to sit down with you and have a whiskey and cigar, and bemoan the behemoth that is America politic. My hero! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jvwebb | 2/18/2011

    " P.J. is funny and shoots straight. Better that the average political book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 2/16/2011

    " While the political philosophy is as strong as ever, O'Rourke's comedy is aging badly, resulting in a stilted and difficult read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clint | 1/24/2011

    " I enjoy reading O'Rourke. He has slightly conservative views and they are humorous. His moderateness is a good way to help me communicate with my more progressive friends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 1/21/2011

    " I like P.J. O'Rourke, but this one was more than a little disjointed. Some good moments, but overall not one I'd recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pelle | 1/6/2011

    " Great book into the psyche of politics and why they pretty much are all bad regardless of party. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean | 12/28/2010

    " The pirate thing at the end was really funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 12/1/2010

    " Such a letdown. His last book, on the auto industry, was much better. In terms of government books, it lacked insight and wit. It was intelligent whining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 11/30/2010

    " Hilarious as always. Smart. A bit crazy. But fun. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

P. J. O’Rourke is the author of Modern Manners, The Bachelor Home Companion, Republican Party Reptile, Holidays in Hell, Parliament of Whores, Give War a Chance, and All the Trouble in the World. He writes for Rolling Stone, Automobile, and American Spectator and lives in New Hampshire and Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.