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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Turner Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781598872194
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Planet Simpson is the first book to bring in-depth analysis to that most important pop-cultural institution of the last decade—Fox TV's The Simpsons—and use the show as a microcosm of the Western culture it has hilariously (and mercilessly) influenced and reflected. Planet Simpson is broken down into scathingly funny chapters analyzing each major character's relationship to different facets of the American character: from Homer, the ultimate everyman of the American century to C. Montgomery Burns, who is unchecked capitalism personified.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joseph Gowen | 2/19/2014

    " I don't think this book would be nearly as enjoyable for someone who wasn't a diehard Simpsons fan. The author spends much of the book talking about social changes in the last twenty years and how the Simpsons gave voice to generation x and their angst. In one sense, it was fun to read all the "clips" from the shows, but in another sense, it was depressing to think that this person really had no faith in anything except the Simpsons. There really is more to life than a cartoon, but if you think religion and faith and authority are all bunk, then maybe you see nowhere else to turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Meehan | 2/17/2014

    " being a simpsons fan i was excited to read a book all about them but after getting half way thorough the book it seemed to be a chore. I mean i have watch almost every simpsons episode and at least of of the ones from the 90s and early 00s. And i found the author explaining episode i saw and remember vividly. He was also explaining events that i knew when then happen and found little to no new info about them. But all in all a good book and made me appreciate having a love of something and knowing someone else loves it just as much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Thompson | 2/1/2014

    " Bordering on autistic/compulsive analysis of the planet's favourite 4-fingered yellow family. Actually a lot more fun than that suggests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 1/9/2014

    " In depth review/critique of the Simpsons, but also of pop culture over the past 40+ years. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Scott G. | 1/9/2014

    " This book's entire title pretty much sums up my chief criticisms of it. I'm a fan of The Simpsons and I did enjoy some aspects of this overly-long book such as revealing in-jokes and trivia from the show, but Turner's verbose excursions to attach importance and cultural relevance to the show got wearisome. His attempts to draw parallels between the show and pop music history often felt like a stretch. A tighter editing job would have yielded a much better book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clarke | 1/7/2014

    " A searching and funny study of the best show on TV "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/28/2013

    " While the concept was excellent- a look at how the Simpson influence and are influenced by culture, the author took too many unexplained detours. It was as if he was attempting to sandwich in long essays on the history of the internet into a book about the Simpson without doing the heavy lifting of actually making the connections. In addition, he was very repetitive in his use of illustrative episodes particularly for a show that has run as long as The Simpsons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrewlyn | 12/18/2013

    " One of the better books written about the show. I enjoyed how the author broke down the subject and also provided interesting factoids about the show. Definitely worth reading over other Simpsons books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 12/18/2013

    " A geek's eye-view of a TV show most smart people realize as a cultural landmark. The author definitely thinks that way, and he goes to great length to prove it. A generous smattering of trivia keeps the interest, and laughter, coming throughout every chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/9/2013

    " Where a fan of the show or not(Though you should be!)should read this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackie Kropp | 8/15/2013

    " How could a book about my favorite show be so horrible!?!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 6/4/2013

    " I am currently reading this for the second time, not just a history of the show but an in-depth look at how these fictional characters in this fictional world tell us more about ourselves than any live sitcom or "reality" show. It makes me want to put in the dvd's every time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann Spier | 11/22/2012

    " If you are a fan of the Simpsons you will definitely enjoy this book and it will add something extra to the show when you watch it after reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rory | 10/30/2012

    " The author stretches his theory that the simpsons is a micrososm of the late 20th/early 21st century world, but when his analysis of the show stays closer to the source material, he constructs some decent arguments for the cultural importance of the show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victor Hardjono | 8/10/2011

    " This is not a book about THE SIMPSONS only. It is basically about contemporary US (and to certain extent Canada and rest of the world). The only difference is Turner uses THE SIMPSONS as medium. Good reading and makes popular culture seems, well, popular... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristal Cooper | 7/1/2011

    " A very well-thought out and researched book about The Simpsons series and its connection to the real world from which we all experience it. Nostalgic, entertaining, and often profound. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roger Bailey | 3/9/2011

    " Like reading the bible, not really a book to sit down for hours at a time, but good. Took me a year to read the whole thing because I would tire of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanaz | 3/6/2011

    " Being a Simpson freak, the book talks about the influence of the cartoon on our culture. He explores each of the main characters as well as others and delves into episodes, story lines, and casting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 7/26/2010

    " I would have preferred more about The Simpsons and less about the author's love for The Simpsons. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nanaz | 6/10/2010

    " Being a Simpson freak, the book talks about the influence of the cartoon on our culture. He explores each of the main characters as well as others and delves into episodes, story lines, and casting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/25/2009

    " My best friend bought me this book, after much cajoling, for Christmas way too many years ago. I'm savouring it! Turner is a fellow Canadian, and how could you go wrong with a preface by my favourite author, Douglas Coupland? A thorough examination of The Show That Raised Me, this tome is gold! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandon | 2/21/2009

    " I would have preferred more about The Simpsons and less about the author's love for The Simpsons. "

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About the Author

Chris Turner is one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. He is also the author of the bestseller The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need, a Globe & Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction, the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction, and the National Business Book Award. Turner’s first book was the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation. His feature writing has earned seven National Magazine Awards. He lives in Calgary with his wife, the photographer Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.

About the Narrator

Oliver Wyman is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator. His first full-length audiobook, It’s Not about the Bike, won an Audie Award. Quickly renowned for his versatility, he went on to win several Audie Awards and eighteen AudioFile Earphones Awards in genres ranging from drama and humor to nonfiction and children’s stories.