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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Jon Stewart , Author
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Oct. 18 2011
Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science and culture -- all in a lavishly produced audiobook of approximately 200 minutes.

After two weeks of hard work and nights in the recording studio, they had their audiobook. EARTH (The Book) is the definitive guide to our species. With their trademark wit, irreverence, and intelligence, Stewart and his team will posthumously answer all of life's most hard-hitting questions, completely unburdened by objectivity, journalistic integrity, or even accuracy.

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This is why I invented the printing press Johannes Gutenberg (1398-1468) This is why I invented fire Grok (75,456 BC-75,414 BC) A remarkable achievement. The essence of the planet - indeed humanity itself - conveyed in one beautifully illustrated GET AWAY FROM MY SPEECH SYNTHESIZER book. An absolute must-read for STOP TOUCHING THAT I HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED THIS BLURB any human being MY LAWYERS WILL SUE YOUR ASS BACK TO THE BIG BANG. Dr Stephen Hawking --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Jon Stewart was born in New York and lives with his family in New York City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant book Oct. 5 2010
By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is sort of an encyclopedia about modern humans. The premise is that we don't have long to live as a species, so this book is meant to be a guide for future generations who somehow survive the upcoming apocalypse and/or aliens who visit our planet after we're gone. The book is in the format of a visual guide, with lots of scribble notes to explain the pictures. There is regular text too, but the book is really full of interesting and funny pictures.

The content runs the range from the Earth itself, biology, human biology, culture, science, and religion. The writing is classic Daily Show material. Jon (and members of his show) spare no one in their lampooning modern people, our culture, and our views of the world. Of course, special treatment is given to tea-baggers, or at least, people who think like they do. If you enjoy the Daily Show (and I do), I think you'll definitely enjoy the humor of this book. The humor is not for the faint-hearted, particularly those who are sensitive about religion. In a way, I think this is what Jon Stewart does best. Sure, his show is often more informative than the so called "news networks" (CNN, Fox, MSNBC), but at it's core it's a comedy show that tries to sneak in some information too. I think that's what this book does too. It's a funny book that also makes you stop and think for every once in a while. Which makes it just about perfect as a coffee table book (which it is supposed to be a parody of). I don't think it will be a timeless classic in comedy (for one thing, there's too many pop references), but right now, it's a great bit of light, funny reading. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, lacking a bit in substance. Nov. 5 2010
Format:Hardcover
I had high hopes for this book, being a fan of Jon Stewart and the Daily Show. I was a bit disappointed as about half way through the book i realized this was it! There were a few laugh out loud spots that I thought made it a worthwhile read, but as a whole I was left feeling a better job could have been done.
On another note I felt the tone of the book was somewhat sexist, there was very little mention of women and the role they played in history and the jokes that poked fun at female stereotypes were not very original or clever.
It had the potential to be a witty and poignant addition to satire of humanity, but instead it fell flat.

Probably worth a read though.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so much Aug. 15 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Love John Stewart, didn't read much, but enough to know it wasn't my "cup of tea". When one has to try several times to "enjoy" it probably wasn't worth it to start with.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do not leave any copies for aliens to read Oct. 19 2010
By Suhail Zubaid AHMAD TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Yes, the human race is dead and we are being visited by aliens. This book is introducing us, as an extinct species, to the visitors from far away. In the process, the blue planet we lived on, all we were and what we did has been described in such a way that belittles all our achievements, such as mass destruction, environmental degradation, love for pomp and show, etc. and all our peoples and ideologies, such as tea baggers, religions, governments, etc. If the aliens visit us in the future, long after we have self destructed, it will leave a really bad picture of us for them. In my opinion, this book should be taken off the shelves pronto. We can help it by buying them off the shelves, off the warehouses and off the net. Not a single copy should be left for the aliens to read. And when you have bought your copy and contributed to this great cause, you might as well read it to laugh out at ourselves.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of old Cracked Mag spoofs. Oct. 24 2010
Format:Hardcover
It wasn't the laugh a minute I was expecting. More of a slight grin kinda book. I don't regret buying it as I am a fan - and a coffee-tableish book by Jon Stewart is kinda like owning memerobilia of the show. As a stand alone book I would simple say `meh`.
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By H. Epp
Format:Hardcover
What can I say about this book except that anything Jon Stewart puts his mind to is funny...and this book is funny!!!!!!!!
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