Synopses & Reviews
- A publishing phenomenon, Michael Moore's previous book, "Stupid White Men (Regan, 2/02), has sold nearly one million hardcover copies to date, was the #1 top-selling nonfiction book in America in 2002, and has remained on the "New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks and counting.- Michael Moore's "Bowling for Columbine won the 2002 Academy Award for Best Documentary and is now the largest-grossing documentary of all time. It was also the recipient of the Ceasar Award. Moore is the creator and host of the Emmy Award-winning series "TV Nation and "the Awful Truth. His first film was the critically acclaimed "Roger & Me.- "Downsize This! (Harper Perennial, 1997), another classic book in Moore's arsenal, was a "New York Times bestseller that later became the successful documentary "The Big One.- Michael Moore promotes his books on his popular Web site (12 million hits per month) and with frequent appearances on national television.
"Although it's curious that Moore (Stupid White Men) chose not to narrate his latest indictment of the conservative right, Morin does an admirable job of conveying Moore's ideas and subtle (and not-so-subtle) wit. At first, Morin's performance seems well-meaning yet stiff, much like the child voices of the Charlie Brown TV specials very clear but with the unnatural cadence that comes from reading a script. As time goes by, however, he grows more relaxed with the material. By the final disk, it's obvious why Morin was chosen for the job. Between Moore's text and Morin's loosened-up delivery, listeners can almost imagine that they are hearing Moore's own voice. In any case, Moore's message is clear: he believes America is being hoodwinked by George W. Bush. Bush's goal, he says, is to use our fear of terrorism to push through his own agenda, as well as the agendas of his rich friends and supporters. Moore makes provocative connections between the Bushes and the Bin Ladens and even the Bushes and the Taliban, but the one drawback of this audiobook is the lack of references. While the book form of Dude is heavily footnoted, Moore points listeners to his Web site for his sources, where finding specific information can be difficult. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Forecasts, Oct. 6, 2003). (Oct. 2003) A starred or boxed review indicates a book of outstanding quality. A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starred or boxed review." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Moore is back with a new audio book that reveals what's gone wrong in America and how it can be fixed. In his characteristic style, Moore takes readers on a wild ride to the political edge of righteous laughter and divine revenge. Abridged. 8 CDs.