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2.58 out of 52.58 out of 52.58 out of 52.58 out of 52.58 out of 5 2.58 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Rosen Narrator: Tony Roberts, Susie Essman Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN:
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Perfect for commuter train rides, rush-hour gridlock, Pilates workouts, or any time when levity might add to the very quality of life. With inimitable contributions by Merrill Markoe, Dave Barry, Garry Trudeau, and Bruce McCall, you have a triumphant salute to one of America's greatest assets: its sense of humor.

A salvo of hilarity from that loose canon of American humor that Mirth of a Nation editor Michael J. Rosen has culled from some 1200 pages of brilliantly original works by our best contemporary humorists. This action-packed compilation of highlights (FYI, we have no intention of mentioning the funnybone and how this audio is sure to tickle it) includes Bobbie Ann Mason's stint at the La Bamba hotline, David Rakoff's insights on families, Andy Borowitz's memoir of Emily Dickinson (basically, she was a drunken jerk), and Michael Feldman's helpful (re)locating of the Midwest.

Performed by Tony Roberts, Susie Essman, with guest performances by Stephen Collins, Michael Feldman, Cynthia Kaplan, Martha Plimpton, David Rakoff, M. Sweeney Lawless, Sandra Tsing Loh, and Mark O'Donnell.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda Appelbaum | 11/28/2013

    " Well if you want something funny, don't look here. Only a couple of "essays" made me laugh. Most I could't even finish. Total waste of time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy | 10/2/2013

    " Hit and miss... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 3/10/2013

    " As it should be, this was a mixed bag. Anthologies take me a really long time to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista Crow | 12/25/2012

    " Not bad to listen to as an audio book, but I will admit I skipped more than a few of the stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Belinda | 12/21/2012

    " I don't know, maybe I don't have a very good sense of humor. I've laughed harder at lunch with my co-workers. I had a couple of chuckles but not one true belly laugh. I feel like I wasted my time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa Hurwitz | 11/28/2012

    " Not so funny "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mahria | 10/16/2012

    " While there were some humorous pieces in this collection (Sedaris, Jon Stewart), the majority left me bored. And I read this on an airplane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 10/24/2011

    " 1 or 2 good stories. Ending up doing a lot of skimming towards the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ba | 8/16/2011

    " The premise (a compilation of humorous pieces by various authors) sounded old-fashioned and destined to not be funny. But after reading some positive reviews, I picked this up and really liked it. If you enjoy websites with good writing by satirists and humorists, you'll enjoy this book, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andy | 2/7/2010

    " I read through, thinking I would eventually get to the "funny part".... only it wasn't there.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/12/2010

    " uneven. funny in parts. dull in others. but worth the time anyway just 'cause we need to search for laughs everywhere we can. recommended. second reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 alex | 7/2/2009

    " This is a great traveling book because the stories are short and some are absolutely hysterical. Out loud laughing. Plus it gives a taste of various writer's styles. "

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