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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate Audiobook

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author - the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it. It's a book about our deeply polarized, frequently depressing, occasionally inspiring political culture, written from inside the belly of the beast. In this candid personal memoir, the honorable gentleman from Minnesota takes his army of loyal fans along with him from Saturday Night Live to the campaign trail, inside the halls of Congress, and behind the scenes of some of the most dramatic and/or hilarious moments of his new career in politics.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Al Franken (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Al Franken fans, rejoice! Franken narrates his latest book in a voice that captures both of his key public personas: current U.S. senator and former humorist. This is a balance that cannot be underestimated, as Franken clarifies at the onset that the Senate requires a level of decorum that most former comedians would find excruciating." (AudioFile)

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    Scott 30/07/2017
    Scott 30/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    This is a really good listen detailing Franken's campaign and for his Senate seat and time in the Senate.

    It's read by him very well which is a great contribution because it sounds like he's telling you the story rather than reading off a script.

    I'd recommend this to anyone with an interest in politics.

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    12/07/2017
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    "Informative, powerful and very funny"

    Really enjoyed, learnt a lot about American politics & Al Franken himself and was very entertained in the process. Recommend!

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  • STEINER FINE ARTS
    SARASOTA, FL. USA
    06/07/17
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    "Perspective is everything"

    It is common in this day and age to use litmus test to paint politicians one way or the other. One litmus test that rarely fails is ... is this guy funny or not? Senator Franken without a doubt is funny. A rare quality amongst politicians these days. The early chapters of this book reveal a man that understands comedy often reveals truth better than facts, debates or lofty speeches. The book is riddled with humorous self deprecating stories that truly reveal a man of great character. I honestly wish he lived next-door to me and we could hang out together. How many politicians can you say that about? If you're a political junkie or you are manic depressive about the current state of affairs, please take time to listen to this angst free presentation by a truly great American.Thanks Al, I really needed this book.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
    Santa Rosa, CA
    08/06/17
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    "I Fell In Love This Week with Al Franken"

    It's true. I fell in love this week with Al Franken. I didn't mean to fall in love. But it's hard to resist the straight shooting, intelligent, folksy, charming, clever storyteller that Al Franken is. Oops, I forget to mention funny. I should mention funny. He'd probably like that. He's also a true patriot. A hard-working honest one at that. I don't know that I'd necessarily agree with him on all his political views, but that's not the point.

    I especially appreciated how approachable the book is for those of us with very little knowledge of the political process yet how enjoyable it is for those of us who know full well how the political process works. I think it's important for people who have felt disengaged from politics to somehow get engaged, and this book would be an easy way to get started, no matter your party. It's an interesting glimpse behind the curtain, if you will.

    He eases the listener into politics by beginning the book with his early years at Harvard, and then amuses with tales of SNL. He's wily in explaining his Minnesota campaign run. It's all very fascinating, but I felt like he was maybe testing the waters to see if we were ready as a nation to understand the power of the de-humorizer and be ready to de-bunk that junk for a potential presidential run in the future. While I think he'd make an exceptional President, I have zero confidence in the rest of the population to see through the de-humorizer. Sorry, Al, hope I'm wrong. Or, maybe I'm reading that section wrong and that's not the intent.

    For me, the best meat of the book comes when he really gets into what goes on day to day in D.C. It wasn't a Civics class, don't worry. But, it kind of gave you a feel for the day in the life of a Senator. I got a kick hearing the jokes he had to edit in his head that he now gets to let out -- apparently before his head explodes. Ted Cruz is the Dwight Schrute of the Senate, I knew it! I also appreciated that he acknowledges discouragements but leaves the reader with an overall tone of optimism. You know, if we work on this together, we can do this!

    Al Franken, Giant of Senate? Tongue in cheek title? Clever, clever, man.

    50 of 69 people found this review helpful
  • Bonnie Johnson
    13/08/17
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    "Giant of the Senate? YES!"

    LMAO! Brought back the years of behind the scenes politicking (starting at age 12!) with fondness as well as angst at our current state affairs! He broadened my mind while making me laugh! He also made me think of home! I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gareth Smith
    13/08/17
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    "Worth a listen regardless of political leanings"

    Great story and well written- Well worth a listen regardless of whether you are a democrat or republican

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rosalind Weinberger
    12/08/17
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    "Liked the book"

    Ill liked the book, but it's a bit too long. I'd listen to others by the senator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Castle Rock, Colombia
    12/08/17
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    "Franken from the Heart"
    What did you love best about Al Franken, Giant of the Senate?

    Honesty, humor (of course), Franken's reading the story to me...no other voice would have worked here!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Franken, of course; his parents and brother; Franny; Tom.


    What about Al Franken’s performance did you like?

    Who else would read these words but Franken himself, with his recognizable voice?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No,need time to digest some anger; ideas presented; politics in MN...all need THINK time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mimi
    12/08/17
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    "Franken Sense!"

    Enjoyable! Thank you for such a great read... on life, people, politics and truth!
    Carry on Al!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G
    Powell, OH USA
    12/08/17
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    "AL FOR PREZ!"

    Seriously fun. Thanks, Al, for all you've done, and do, both as a Senator and as a yuckster!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • cathryn mullen pearl
    12/08/17
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    "Love Al Frankenstein and this book!!"

    First...Al Franken's wife is from Portland, Maine-1/2 from my hometown-SCORE!!!
    Second...Sen Franken gives his account of the inner workings of an election and of the US Senate. I truly appreciate his anecdotes and opinions and perspective of the above and of today's politics
    Lastly, he provides a sound reason to hate Ted Cruz and also shares his love and respect for Paul Welstone...that's pretty great!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gretchen SLP
    Sacramento, California
    10/06/17
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    "WOW!!!"

    This was my favorite book of 2017 so far, and wildly exceeded expectations. Holy cow! Just when you think there's absolutely nothing funny about politics, government, world affairs or current events, and that there's no way you could ever laugh at these things, along comes Al Franken to prove you wrong. So, so many laugh-out-loud moments made my commute miles fly by, and I found myself actually sorry every time I had to turn off the book. Thank you, thank you, Al, for putting this educational, inspirational, and above all, hilarious page-turner out there to cheer us all up and remind us it's NEVER too late to try to make a positive difference in our communities, our home states, and the country we all ❤️ love. Recommended for mature audiences of all political persuasions. This one, like patriotism itself, is truly bipartisan.

    59 of 88 people found this review helpful

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