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3.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 53.66 out of 5 3.66 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lewis Black Narrator: Lewis Black Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780743551489
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You’ve seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You’ve seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black’s volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing’s Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

With subversive wit and intellectual honesty, Lewis examines the events of his life that shaped his antiauthoritarian point of view and developed his comedic perspective. Growing up in 1950s suburbia when father knew best and there was a sitcom to prove it, he began to regard authority with a jaundiced eye at an early age. And as that sentiment grew stronger with each passing year, so did his ability to hone in on the absurd.

True to form, he puts common sense above ideology and distills hilarious, biting commentary on all things politically and culturally relevant.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lewis Black is the only person I know who can actually yell in print form. Very entertaining read.” 

    Jon Stewart 

  • “No one is safe from Lewis Black’s comic missiles.” 

    New York Times  

  • “Comedy, pathos and politics intertwine in this occasionally lewd ‘n’ crude but surprisingly heartfelt memoir.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers interested in strongly satirical social commentary are being well served by Citizen Black.” 

    Booklist 

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Conley | 2/18/2014

    " Best comedian ever!!! Great book!! (plus mine is autographed) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 2/11/2014

    " A funny collection of observations and stories from his life. I enjoyed this very much. A quick, easy and light-weight read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyricsninja | 2/8/2014

    " its lewis black - what else can i say here? reading the book is much like seeing him live or listening to him on CD. the book really conveys his character, and you can pretty much hear him talking to you as he goes through the many skits in his repitoire. if you are a lewis fan, take a read on this. youll likey recognize a few stories from his comedy acts! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 2/5/2014

    " I would give it 3.5 stars "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toddp | 1/21/2014

    " Luis Black led an interesting life. A lot of what he wrote here has been in his Stand up. I enjoyed the book, but quite honestly I think he presents it better when he has an audience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sidney Noble | 1/20/2014

    " Another quick, fun book from Lewis Black. A collection of short stories/rants that make for a good book to read while on the john. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amir | 1/19/2014

    " This stand-up comedian's rage jumps out of the pages and makes you laugh until it hurts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myles Kahn | 1/19/2014

    " Hilarious. Helps you to understand the twisted mind of Lewis Black. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Matthews | 1/15/2014

    " Highly recommend the audio version, read by Lewis. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this book and especially loved reading Black's anecdotes about his time spent in Chapel Hill for college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Lichtenthal | 12/30/2013

    " You read this book in Black's voice and you get great insight into his views both politically and socially. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/21/2013

    " Quick read...definitely made me laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/14/2013

    " That I adore Lewis Black despite all his Jewish twitching and convulsing. He rocks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Trice | 12/2/2013

    " Started off hilarious, sadly started to drag about 3/4 of the way through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 11/28/2013

    " Wow, really funny, really fascination, but god so depressing sometimes. He's a very negative guy, which is funny when he's live.... Audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara Parker | 11/23/2013

    " I like Lewis Black. He shouts and is cynical. Like me but louder. It was a good book. Some of the material was from his stand up acts..but mostly it was about him and how he came to be where he was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 9/3/2013

    " Nice ride with Lewis Black as he travels down memory lane to his days of play writing, political activism, and bittersweet civil servitude in the late 60's early 70's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 8/14/2013

    " Lewis Black is one of my favorite comics, although I worry about his blood pressure. If you like his comedy, then this is probably worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/6/2013

    " I never realized he was such a well read nerd in addition to the anger. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 10/19/2012

    " I liked reading his book more than I enjoy his standup comedy. The book resonated with me because I am only a few years younger than he is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/15/2012

    " Hysterically funny! I loved every minute I read the book, and I really felt like he was standing right in front of me telling me his story. He is brutally honest about anything and everything and I respect him for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HBalikov | 5/15/2012

    " I enjoy a lot of Black's humor - particularly his rants on the Daily Show. This book is more geared to his origins and gives a lot of insight into the guy he now is. As with most things Black, humor mixes with pain and this often works well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cody | 4/29/2012

    " I read this book in one day and I laughed so hard I cried through most of it. I love Lewis Black. He is my favorite comedian and his book does not disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary Bosart | 4/18/2012

    " Hilarious. Lewis Black reviews his life, and how he became the social commentary comedian he is today. Could not go even one page without laughter, or at least a chuckle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al | 12/20/2011

    " Funny. Shows another side of the anger comedian and tells the story that growing up is the same no matter what decade it happened in "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 11/2/2011

    " Much better than his "Ye of little faith" or whatever. More of the Lewis Black I came to know on the Daily Show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey Lewandowski | 8/10/2011

    " Not at all what I was expecting but definitely enjoyable nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Paulk | 7/25/2011

    " Lewis Black is a fantastic stand-up comic and social commentator. While his wit shows through in the book, perhaps I was expecting something along the lines of Carlin's Braindroppings. What I got instead was a lukewarm autobiography interspersed with humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 6/6/2011

    " Not that I agree with everything Black says but he does make you thing, and laugh outloud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 5/16/2011

    " This book was really good in the beginning but lost a lot of fuel towards the end. It was funny at most parts but serious when it needed to be. It was a good balance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 2/28/2011

    " He's been way funnier..not his best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/13/2011

    " Fair warning don't listen and drive.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 1/2/2011

    " Interesting to know details concerning his upbringing and wow did he struggle to get to where he is :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karl | 12/24/2010

    " Not as funny as his stand up but a must for anyone who is a fan and would love to know more about him and his past. "

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

    " Wow, really funny, really fascination, but god so depressing sometimes. He's a very negative guy, which is funny when he's live.... Audio. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doc-mok | 10/29/2010

    " Love Lewis Black's rants; reading page after page of them isn't so funny. Appreciated that he grew up in Silver Spring, MD, where I did. :) (Wasn't wild about how negatively he felt towards it, though.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 10/27/2010

    " More autobiography that collection of his comic rants, an interesting read for his fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 10/14/2010

    " Funny but long-winded. Didn't seem to have a real point. I didn't think it was going to be his life story, but that's basically what it turned out to be. Starting a new book by him now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " Part memoir, part his comedy routines. I do love Lewis, but a lot of his humor is in the delivery, not so much the lines. The humor doesn't translate as well into print. I miss his trademark yelling and gesturing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jarred | 8/20/2010

    " Not as funny as hearing the stand-up act, but rather a detailed, if out-of-focus view into the mind of the man that loses his his mind on stage in the name of laughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 8/20/2010

    " Can a paperback shout? Yes, if it's written by Lewis Black. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tom | 7/6/2010

    " Not anywhere as good as his, "Me of little faith". This one had lots of his old bits in some of his stand up routines. It should have been called, "Nothing Special". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HBalikov | 6/12/2010

    " I enjoy a lot of Black's humor - particularly his rants on the Daily Show. This book is more geared to his origins and gives a lot of insight into the guy he now is. As with most things Black, humor mixes with pain and this often works well "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jocelyne | 4/19/2010

    " Thank you God for watching over Lewis Black, making sure he takes his anti-seizure medication everyday. Because God knows, if I saw through half the bull@#%* that he does I'd need it too!
    "

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About the Author
Author Lewis Black

Lewis Black is a playwright, a stand-up comedian, and a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His characteristic rants on the state of the nation have won him much critical praise, including an American Comedy Award, a place on Entertainment Weekly’s 50 Funniest People list, and an HBO special.