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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Al Franken Narrator: Al Franken Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781597108232
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Al Franken's landmark bestseller, Lies, and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them…a Fair and Balanced Look at the Right, was praised as a "bitterly funny assault" (The New York Times) that rang "with the moral clarity of an angel's trumpet" (Associated Press). Now, this master of political humor strikes again with a powerful and provocative message for all Americans.

Because after Lies, comes The Truth….

Al reveals the alarming story of how:
• Bush (barely) beat Kerry with his campaign of "fear, smear, and queers," and then claimed a nonexistent mandate
• Republicans decided that Terri Schiavo would make "a great political issue"
• Conservatives sought to undermine Social Security by using a strategy borrowed from… Vladimir Lenin
• Tom DeLay is just an absolute horror show

This is truly an audiobook for everyone.

If you were a Bush voter, Al wants to set aside partisan bitterness and talk about the better future Americans can build together for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. (Generations beyond that will have to fend for themselves.) But first, Al must show you how Republican leaders are, at this very moment, betraying your trust and quite possibly lighting a Cuban cigar with a burning American flag or Bible.

If you're a liberal, this audiobook is for you as well. Maybe even most of all. You will find evidence for what you already believe: that Al Franken is among America's finest prose stylists, and that the depravity of the Bush administration is only outmatched by the rot in the heart of the Republican Congress.

And finally, if you are a member of a future generation who has found this audiobook in a pile of radioactive rubble, Al apologizes. Not because he didn't do his best to control the proliferation of nuclear weapons from rogue nations to non-state actors taking refuge in so-called "failed" states. But because his countrymen evidently failed to listen.

In any case, enjoy the audiobook.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noe Garza-Puente | 2/19/2014

    " Al Franken hates on the right. Some good one-liners. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Colin | 2/3/2014

    " Franken's obvious liberal bias leans negativly on the humor of the book. Most people who read the book would agree with him on most points, but any others would just look at his poorly constructed arguments and laugh, at him, not at his jokes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/3/2014

    " Hilarious! Loved it! All about how Bush won the presidential election in 2004. Al started on Saturday Night Live and now is a senator in Minnesota. Gotta love the US! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gregory Pierce | 11/26/2013

    " Same with Michael Moore. It's Al Franken, scraping for material. I've read most of it. Maybe he used all the good stuff for Lies, but this one pales in comparison. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 11/16/2013

    " Al is just too funny! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 10/25/2013

    " I'm so glad Al Franken decided to go into politics! He and I share a penchant for picking sides. I love how he backs everything he says up with facts AND jokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/20/2013

    " Not as good as his previous work, but it's still pretty funny. He takes a lot more jabs at the right side than he ever did in the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Vidlund | 8/30/2013

    " More accurately...listending to, not reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/28/2013

    " Go, Franken! I've developed something of a political crush on you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bebe Burnside | 7/14/2013

    " Eye opening. Not much I didn't know, but some details that shocked me. Al Franken has a great way of adding humor to an otherwise very serious topic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 7/6/2013

    " I'm a big Franken fan but like each book less than the last. Franken strives a bit too much in this one, and the unfortunate result is that he's reduced to a bit of a caricature of himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Castelle eldredge | 7/5/2013

    " less, but still funny politcal satire. more serious undertones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Murph Hutson | 6/10/2013

    " Great, but obviously it has a liberal slant, which is the intent. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicko | 5/15/2013

    " Exposes the lies and distortions of the right. Good for the uninformed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Bowen | 4/1/2013

    " Loved it. Another great political statement from Al Franken. Would highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 7/11/2012

    " What can I say? I like Al Franken. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 3/8/2012

    " I didn't find this one as entertaining as Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. But I have to say, lots of good research and plain out-there facts about the Bush Administration, 9/11 and the clusterf*** that was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Purl | 10/23/2011

    " This isn't as funny or insightful as Franken's earlier books. Franken is very angry and bitter in this book, and he doesn't add much to the arguments that he's made in his earlier books. Only read this if you're the type of fan who needs to read everything by the same author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick Bingham | 7/21/2011

    " Al Franken's latest political polemic. A very quick read. He skewers the right wing, and particularly George W. Bush, in a biting and satirical voice. It made me laugh many times. It's a funny book, but it is sad how Bush and his cronies are screwing up the country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kurt Johnson | 4/12/2011

    " I love his humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Murphy | 4/2/2011

    " This one came with a letter to his grandchildren! Which, by the way, not as funny as the rest of the book. Very insightful, very accurate, not totally one-sided but (as expected) very Democratic. A great read for anyone who leans left. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/19/2011

    " Funny. First Franken book that I've read, would have been more topical in 2005 but offers a window into the psyche during the Bush administration. Great that he's a senator now... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaybelz | 3/17/2011

    " Much like Bill Maher's New Rules. Very political and very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kewannah | 1/21/2011

    " Al Franken is hilarious. As an audiobook, it was a special treat to hear him nail the inflections of everyone from Dick Cheney to a fictional Jewish old man.
    Sadly, I don't care enough about politics to finish this tome but kudos, Franken! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 12/5/2010

    " The chapter on Tom Delay is absolutely infuriating. That he would lead the Republican party in the House says all I need to know about Republicans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/22/2010

    " What up my senator used to write awesome books and now he does awesome legislating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cupcakencorset | 10/16/2010

    " Funny, smart, thought-provoking. A really good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/29/2010

    " Enjoyed the debunking and learning new facts, but he got a little tedious after awhile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 9/11/2010

    " I didn't find this one as entertaining as Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. But I have to say, lots of good research and plain out-there facts about the Bush Administration, 9/11 and the clusterf*** that was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 7/25/2010

    " This one came with a letter to his grandchildren! Which, by the way, not as funny as the rest of the book. Very insightful, very accurate, not totally one-sided but (as expected) very Democratic. A great read for anyone who leans left. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 4/22/2010

    " Al once again gives us a wonderful history of WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED and puts his own comments to it. I love his sense of humor and even though the stuff is ugly, his upbeat optimism shines through. You go Al! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joseph | 3/5/2010

    " wah, wah, bitch, moan.
    I listened to the entire thing. He's normally funny, but this book is just bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/22/2010

    " Hilarious! Loved it! All about how Bush won the presidential election in 2004. Al started on Saturday Night Live and now is a senator in Minnesota. Gotta love the US! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/25/2010

    " Dated, now. I hope Senator Franken picks up his pen again soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 1/17/2010

    " My FAVORITE Al Franken book. The entire thing is fall-out-of-your-chair funny, plus politics. What a coincidence, my two FAVORITE things. "

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About the Author
Author Al Franken

Al Franken is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers and is a two-time spoken word Grammy Award winner. A long-time comedy writer who rose to prominence as one of the original Saturday Night Live writers in the 1970s, he also won five Emmy Awards for his work on SNL.