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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (767 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Al Franken Narrator: Al Franken Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2002 ISBN: 9781598873023
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He’s taken on political satire and skewered self-help. Now Al Franken turns the world of earnest, inspirational self-help books on its head.

More advanced than Robert Fulghum, more fit than Maria Shriver’s husband, Oh, the Things I Know! is Franken’s commencement address for the twenty-first century. A cradle-to-grave guide for living, it takes young grads from their first job (“Oh, Are You Going to Hate Your First Job!”), through their twenties and thirties (“Oh, the Person of Your Dreams vs. the Person You Can Actually Attract!”), into marriage and parenthood (“Oh, Just Looking at Your Spouse Will Make Your Skin Crawl!”) and all the way up to senior citizenship (“Oh, the Nursing Home You’ll Wind Up In!”).

What does a mega success like Al Franken have to say to ordinary people? “There’s no point in getting advice from hopeless failures.” Filled with wit, wisdom, observations, and practical tips, this is an easy-to-follow user’s manual for human existence. Why travel life’s highway all by your lonesome when you can bring Al Franken along?

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul 'Pezski' Perry | 2/11/2014

    " Silly, light and entertaining satire on celebrity advice and self-help books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 2/5/2014

    " It was his worst work to date, but still somewhat entertaining. I only have a limited selection from the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/25/2014

    " he makes me laugh "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 1/16/2014

    " Al Franken is a funny guy. Which is good, because his advice isn't nearly as good as he pretends to think it is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 12/31/2013

    " Brutally honest, sarcastic, and funny. Another book of advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dodi | 12/25/2013

    " This is not political. It IS funny! "

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

    " An advice book not worth buying a recent college graduate. The funniest thing was a Buddy Hackett joke on page 143. Punchline: The balls will cover your eyes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/20/2013

    " I love the guy's satire. It's the best. A few years ago I read Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot and I've been a fan of this liberal humorist ever since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Currie | 12/20/2013

    " Consistently funny stuff. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ari | 12/2/2013

    " I'm a fan of all Franken's books. This was the first I read. An easy and funny book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anjuli | 11/27/2013

    " lame one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 10/26/2013

    " Hillarious, but get the audio book, its way funnier that way "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Fredrickson | 10/18/2013

    " It was really funny. Some chapters are only funny when you read them aloud to someone else. That's a valid literary function: it makes reading an interactive experience. I'm also astonished at how much he got away with insulting his wife throughout this work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edelhart Kempeneers | 10/14/2012

    " Ja, heel leuk. Niet helemaal objectief (!), maar geef hem maar eens ongelijk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carolyn | 2/20/2012

    " Definitely light reading but Al Franken makes me laugh "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/24/2010

    " Franken does know many things, but mostly his send-up of other people's advice is just plain funny. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 6/26/2010

    " This book is not nearly as political as most of Franken's. It's just a really funny parody of all those "life-lessons" kind of books that well-known public people always write. It's very sarcastic and hilarious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 10/5/2009

    " very short, kinda funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy Corvan | 9/28/2009

    " A quick, fun read. I like Al Fraken's sense of humor and it translates nicely into a satire of self-help books. To be fair to the book, I would give it 3.5 stars because it is fairly funny book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Al | 12/23/2007

    " entertaining. eh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 9/14/2007

    " It was fiiiine. Basically all the usual advice we've heard before, with an Al Franken humorous delivery. While perfectly entertaining, not like I really took away anything new... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 7/17/2007

    " Funny send up of the self-help book genre (in the Stephen Covey or Spencer Johnson mold). Not as relevant as "Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot" or as biting as "Why Not Me?" but still classic Franken. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chinook | 6/29/2007

    " It's a pretend self-help book. Funny, but nothing too amusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 4/21/2007

    " A mildly funny book of tongue-in-cheek advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 fleegan | 2/16/2007

    " This little book was kinda like a humorous advice book. My dad thought it was the funniest thing he's ever read. I didn't think it was that funny. It wasn't not funny, but Franken has done better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/17/2006

    " Rescued this from the 99 cent bin at Hastings. I remember reading it way back - pretty dated (remember when Rush Limbaugh was relevent? Ken Lay? Dominick Dunne?)- still pretty funny if you like (Senator) Al. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Polly | 10/7/2005

    " Not very funny, and fairly xenophobic--at least the first couple chapters, which was as far as I could stand. I have problems with the "I'm such a jerk, isn't it hilarious?" style of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 3/16/2003

    " I thought this was funny while reading it, but don't remember a thing. Maybe I just shouldn't write reviews if I don't remember the book at all. "

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