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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (779 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Finn Garner Narrator: James Finn Garner Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 1995 ISBN: 9780743541497
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The hilarious sequel to the #1 phenomenon Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.


"If we can cleanse these stories and put an end to the lies our children are spoon-fed while being spoon-fed...the world may finally become a decent place for persunkind and other, equally important species." -- James Finn Garner

Spurred by the overwhelming success of the million-copy bestseller, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories, James Finn Garner continues his quest to liberate "classic" fairy tales from their archaic, sexist, ageist, classist, lookist and environmentally unsound prejudices.

In Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, Garner tackles many demeaning, culturally biased viewpoints through his retelling of such well-known tales as "The Princess and the Pea" and "The Tortoise and the Hare." He has striven to fashion these bedtime stories into literature that is totally free from bias and purged from the influences of a flawed cultural past in hopes of freeing our social consciousness from these blights.

If he succeeds, no longer will tortoises, hares, talking frogs and other citizens of nature bear the burden of our insecurities. No longer will mer-people suffer because of their unique evolutionary niche. And no longer will capable young womyn sleep their lives away waiting for princes to come rescue them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Garner…takes an irresistible premise and delivers some sharp satire.” 

    People 

  • “The laughs start coming and don’t start until the ‘Sleeping Persun of Better-Than-Average Attractiveness awakens from her ‘deep meditative state.’”

    San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

  • “Garner dishes his satiric sauce over both goose and gander.” 

    Boston Herald

  • “Totally irreverent and side-splittingly hilarious…I laughed until I cried.” 

    Baton Rouge Sunday Advocate

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie H. | 2/5/2014

    " Good tongue-in-cheek fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Clark | 2/4/2014

    " Hilarious. Timely. Satire. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 1/29/2014

    " A interesting new take to childhood stories. politically correct "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harle | 1/26/2014

    " A good sequel to Politically Correct Bedtime Stories! The stories aren't quite as exciting, but still very politically correct. (Slightly more so then the first!) "

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

    " Not as good as the first book, but still an entertaining read nonetheless. You never know what Garner is going to change about the fairy tales you grew up with and know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/24/2014

    " I'd say that I find these quite amusing, but you wouldn't believe me, because we all know that feminists are humorless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsie | 1/13/2014

    " A continuation of stories to delight everyone who loved the first series of stories! It is a quick read(maximum an hour, and completely delightful! I especially loved 'A politically correct alphabet'..it made me laugh so hard I started crying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme | 12/31/2013

    " This second one wasn't as good but still an amusing read. I'm glad I borrowed it from the library. I like the perspective Mr. Garner uses for his dry humour. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Engel-Unruh | 12/4/2013

    " Really liked the tongue-in-cheek renditions of classic stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 10/29/2013

    " The book was amusing but nothing terribly exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letitia | 10/5/2013

    " For those who enjoy the bittersweet taste of sardonic laughter inspired by tongue-in-cheek satire as much as I do, I highly recommend the humorous and weirdly insightful vignettes of James Finn Garner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 8/8/2013

    " Hilarious twist on the old classic fairy tales we grew up on. I absolutely loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip Miller | 1/1/2013

    " Short, funny, ultra-liberal fairy tails. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/13/2012

    " Short, but great read with full attention. I hear that there are more as well . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharper1 | 7/4/2012

    " Dunno why, I just get a kick outta these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Collin | 6/1/2012

    " This was a pretty funny little collection of fairytales, written as to be more politically correct. Of course the stories end up ridiculously twisted and make you long for dopey princesses and full-of-it princes, but that's the charm. My favorite was the retelling of Sleeping Beauty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvensong | 4/17/2012

    " Maybe too much of a good thing really is too much. I enjoyed these stories but not quite as much as I enjoyed the first book. The stories contain the same over-the-top politically correct language, which is tremendously fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Faithann | 4/16/2012

    " Same as the first one written by James Finn Garner, only the stories in this one where a little longer than the average one from the other book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karla | 2/26/2012

    " These are fairy tales intended to make you laugh. Some were fairly odd but the humorous twists did create laughter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/22/2012

    " A look at the biased viewpoints through the retelling of well-known tales as the "the Princess and the Pea, & " The Tortoise and the Hare" and etc. very interesting view points on some of our favorite bed time stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marina | 12/2/2011

    " This book literally gave me a headache. It is a short book, only 84 pages. The content felt more like 840 pages. You need a dictionary just to get the just of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Meehan | 11/6/2011

    " I found that it wasn't as funny as the first book. But I still enjoyed reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/12/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time ...so very tongue in cheek and spot on about all the "political correctness" of our times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 6/23/2011

    " Another good, really quick read from the author of politically correct bedtime stories. Very entertaining and humorous in the way that it pokes fun at all those in our society who would make mountains out of molehills. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devilyn (Emily) | 4/20/2011

    " Short but a really good read. Political correctness makes for some odd sounding, humorous bed-time stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs. Engel-Unruh | 1/1/2011

    " Really liked the tongue-in-cheek renditions of classic stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvensong | 3/4/2010

    " Maybe too much of a good thing really is too much. I enjoyed these stories but not quite as much as I enjoyed the first book. The stories contain the same over-the-top politically correct language, which is tremendously fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mischelle | 12/3/2009

    " This second book is a trip! I like the story of Puss in Boots. Reads like the story of how our president won last year.
    The Political Correct Alphabet was funny too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 11/2/2009

    " I'd say that I find these quite amusing, but you wouldn't believe me, because we all know that feminists are humorless. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 miaaa | 8/12/2009

    " Ya ampuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun makin garing ajah tapi tetep seru!
    My fave: The Little Mer-Persun "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Letitia | 6/16/2009

    " For those who enjoy the bittersweet taste of sardonic laughter inspired by tongue-in-cheek satire as much as I do, I highly recommend the humorous and weirdly insightful vignettes of James Finn Garner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsie | 3/23/2009

    " A continuation of stories to delight everyone who loved the first series of stories! It is a quick read(maximum an hour, and completely delightful! I especially loved 'A politically correct alphabet'..it made me laugh so hard I started crying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/19/2009

    " The politicsly correct version of all your favorite fairy tales. Quite funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/17/2009

    " A look at the biased viewpoints through the retelling of well-known tales as the "the Princess and the Pea, & " The Tortoise and the Hare" and etc. very interesting view points on some of our favorite bed time stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 2/6/2009

    " Short, but great read with full attention. I hear that there are more as well . . . "

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About the Author
Author James Finn Garner

James Finn Garner is a former columnist with Chicago Magazine and has broadcast commentaries on NPR. His best known book Politically Correct Bedtime Stories spent 64 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, including six weeks in the top position. His novel Honk Honk, My Darling: A Rex Koko, Private Clown Mystery was voted Book of the Year for Nontraditional Fiction by the Chicago Writers Association. His other books include Recut Madness: Favorite Films Retold for Your Partisan Pleasure and Apocalypse WOW: A Memoir for the End of Time.