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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Buckley Narrator: Robert Petkoff Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In an attempt to gain congressional approval for a top-secret weapons system, Washington lobbyist “Bird” McIntyre teams up with sexy, outspoken neocon Angel Templeton to pit the American public against the Chinese. When Bird fails to uncover an authentic reason to slander the nation, he and Angel put the Washington media machine to work, spreading a rumor that the Chinese secret service is working to assassinate the Dalai Lama.

Meanwhile, in China, mild-mannered President Fa Mengyao and his devoted aide Gang are maneuvering desperately against sinister party hard-liners Minister Lo and General Han. Now Fa and Gang must convince the world that the People’s Republic is not out to kill the Dalai Lama, while maintaining Fa’s small margin of power in the increasingly militaristic environment of the party.

On the home front, Bird must contend with a high-strung wife who entertains Olympic equestrian ambition, and the qualifying competition happens to be taking place in China. As things unravel abroad, Bird and Angel’s lie comes dangerously close to reality. And as their relationship rises to a new level, so do mounting tensions between the United States and China.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Hilarious . . . full of wry observations on the follies of Washington high life. What makes it laugh-out-loud funny is Buckley's sense of how little you have to exaggerate to make Washington seem absurd. New York Daily News
  • You can't make this stuff up . . . Unless of course you are Christopher Buckley, son of the late William, whose fictional satires are must-reads for those looking to understand our cultural moment, or at least have a few laughs at it. Buckley is a master at cooking up scenarios that are wild without being entirely absurd and populating them with attractive characters. Chicago Sun Times
  • “Sun Tzu’s Chinese classic, The Art of War, gets quite a workout in Christopher Buckley’s latest uproarious political farce, fervently quoted by strivers and schemers in both Beijing and Washington.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Each of his novels may be light as air, but bit by bit they're building up into a significant social portrait, the beginnings of a vast Comédie-Washingtonienne . . . At a time of high political absurdity, Buckley remains our sharpest guide to the capital, and amore serious one than we may suppose. Blake Wilson, New York Times Book Review
  • As Jon Stewart proves, Washington is an easy target to satirize with its hypocrisy, ego-powered politicians and endless hot-air emissions. What sets Buckley apart is his ability to mock Washington yet convey a genuine admiration for many of its residents . . . Buckley remains hilarious. USA Today
  • They Eat Puppies, Don’t They? cuts deftly between politburo meetings in China and backroom deals in Washington while skewering DC pretensions…Unlike so many other satirists of Beltway culture, Buckley is both deeply informed and deeply funny.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Writing comic fiction about world events demands wit and inside knowledge about Washington. It also requires an ability to see the light side of serious issues like China’s treatment of Tibet, the death of beloved spiritual leaders and America’s financial dependency on China. These are not funny topics, but Christopher Buckley’s new novel about them, They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?, is hilarious.”

    USA Today

  • “Buckley balances bayonet humor and tenderness in this canny and diverting send-up.”


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Casie | 2/17/2014

    " Loved the general plot, but could have done without the half of the book that detailed his relationship with his mistress. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Julianne Dunn | 2/13/2014

    " This book is fairly enjoyable but it suffers by comparison to other Buckley books including Thank You for Smoking and Boomsday (my two favorites). Based on those earlier models, this book is kind of predictable and a little less clever. But if this is your first Buckley, it would be enjoyable. It has the same Buckley premise of taking a seemingly ridiculous idea in the politics or media and showing how plausible they can become. Thank god there are no Irish babies around for Buckley to focus on. But that could be his next book... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/9/2014

    " This political satire features a defense industry lobbyist and a Neo-con think tank guru who decide, for different reasons, that what the world really need is a military emergency. The Chinese kindly play along, though not totally intentionally. While the book doesn't really serve as convincing evidence that Christopher Buckley is "America's greatest living political satirist" (see book jacket), it is an amusing, pleasant, and quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Monica Monsma | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed this humorous book. I think of it as a political caper. "

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