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3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5 3.30 (27 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: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611134278
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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

  • 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
  • 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
  • “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
  • 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
  • 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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 Monica Monsma | 2/5/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 2/4/2014

    " Fun but then lobbyists are inately fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laird Bennion | 2/4/2014

    " Not amazing but good. Better than Florence of Arabia but not as clever as Supreme Courtship, Thank You for Smoking, or Boomsday. I'm beginning to see a great deal of character continuity, which is not necessarily good. Still, a funny read. Some good laughs at the expense of Sarah Palin and Anne Coulter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Wakefield | 1/21/2014

    " One of buckleys best! Plot that twists and turns, reverses upon itself and eventually makes sense--well mostly. Lots of characters, all of whom have an actual role in the story at some point. Ridiculous mostly but just enough plausibility to be intriguing. The author does a fine job of picking on lobbyists--easy prey of course but fun. And the defense industry needing an enemy to maintain appropriations actually makes uncomfortable sense. Why not china-- we already love/hate it. And so it goes. Lots of giggles and some major chuckles. Keep writing your satires please , Christopher! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russ Walker | 1/20/2014

    " A deliciously witty read. Buckley knows how to satirize DC better than anyone. This is a perfect beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel | 1/19/2014

    " Very disappointed in this novel. Usually Buckley writes such great characters, but I found this novel to be nothing more than hallow stereotypes, with no character development and a rather boring plot "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jami | 1/13/2014

    " Not one of Buckley's better books. Perhaps because it feels a little too possible, this book didn't strike the same ironic tone that some of his other books have. Disapointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadine | 1/10/2014

    " It's hard to write an over-the-top political novel when real politics is so-over-the top. Nice try though. "

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

    " Highly entertaining and easy to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Dziennik | 1/5/2014

    " I couldn't get into it. I like most of his books ; this one seemed formulaic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 11/30/2013

    " Not his best, but a good listen for a plane trip to and from Seattle! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/30/2013

    " Buckley truly has an amazing gift for making you root for contemptible people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hank | 11/20/2013

    " An engaging and pleasing romp; satire and irony abundant. Humor can expose the human condition in insightful ways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 10/25/2013

    " Very funny book! It was farfetched and hilarious but grounded by reality which is actually a little scary. My only criticism is the ending felt a bit abrupt. This was my first Christopher Buckley Book and I will definitely be reading others when I am in the mood for a laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Tibbetts | 7/22/2013

    " Intelligent and funny: good political satire "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mleugene | 3/11/2013

    " For a foray into a parody of modern foreign policy, it isn't bad. The characters are all pretty flat and the setting is as well. But for no strong characters and little dialog, the plot really moves along. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa Fox | 2/8/2013

    " I wish this were funnier. Buckley can be funnier. Although he does sometimes get a bit bogged down. But I wish that happened less in this book. Buckley is still one of my secret boyfriends though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 12/3/2012

    " This was okay, a few chuckles, but not a funny as some of his other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 10/10/2012

    " Fun but I idn't like it as much as Boomsday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 10/8/2012

    " not bad, not his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 9/23/2012

    " Very entertaining, would love to see this made into a movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy | 8/9/2012

    " Excellent and funny. Will try to read more from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorent | 6/29/2012

    " Amusing, light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Keithler | 6/5/2012

    " Not one of Buckley's best, and it takes awhile to get into, but ultimately it is an enjoyable satire that spares no one the knife. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley is a journalist, editor, and novelist. His books include Steaming to Bamboola, The White House Mess, Wet Work, and Thank You for Smoking. His three novels were selected as Notable Books of the Year by the New York Times. They have been translated into eight languages. He is the editor of Forbes FYI magazine, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, two children, and dog.

About the Narrator

Robert Petkoff has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. His Broadway credits include Sir Robin in Spamalot, Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, and Tateh in Ragtime. His audiobook narrations have won multiple Audiofile Earphones Awards as well as a coveted Audie Award.