Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Narrator: Al Franken
Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
Date Read: June 2017
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes 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.This 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.Has Al Franken become a true Giant of the Senate? Franken asks readers to decide for themselves.
Publisher: Hachette Audio, Twelve
Read/Listened for Review (BEA17/Hachette)
Overall Rating: 4.75
Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)
Quick Thoughts: Al Franken is my cranium crush (when you really like someone’s brain and what they do with it) but I admit going into this that I was scared if it was to continue. See I have never been a SNL fan so I didn’t know him from those days. I did know him from his Political Satire days a bit. I mostly know him from the Senate. I am a huge fan of his tough but fair questioning. His balanced and thoughtful attitude about working across party lines. This book gave me everything that I could want from how he got into politics to his struggles in the beginning of his Senate career. I think (if possible) I have a bigger cranium crush on him now! I think for those that are fans of his from his pre-Senate days you will get a bit out of this too. He does spend a good portion of the first part of this book on his SNL/Radio days. I really now understand how he is the way he is and that is the most excellent of things!
Narrated By Al Franken / Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
No one else could have narrated this book. He brought it, nailed it, and delivered! I was a sucked in from beginning to end!
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