The Partly Cloudy Patriot

  • by Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, Stephen Colbert
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Partly Cloudy Patriot, Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and, in doing so, investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. In this insightful and funny collection of personal stories Vowell - widely hailed for her inimitable narratives on public radio's This American Life - ponders a number of curious questions: Why is she happiest when visiting the sites of bloody struggles like Salem or Gettysburg? Why do people always inappropriately compare themselves to Rosa Parks? Why is a bad life in sunny California so much worse than a bad life anywhere else? What is it about the Zen of foul shots? And, in the title piece, why must doubt and internal arguments haunt the sleepless nights of the true patriot? Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, themes, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is a teeming and engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

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What the Critics Say

"This is a humorous, insightful, and informative look at one individual's sense of patriotism." (Booklist)
"Droll, intelligent, and persuasive." (Entertainment Weekly)

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A potentially good book spoiled by bad narration

I greatly enjoyed the print editions of two of Sarah Vowell's other books (Take the Cannoli and The Wordy Shipmates) and I thought I would enjoy this audiobook at least as much. I was wrong. It might be a very good book, but it's hard to tell with the awkward, stilted narration. Vowell reads her book in the style of a child reading aloud in class without fully understanding the text. I think it's done for comedic effect, but I just find it irritating. Very disappointing.
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- Joan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-09-2003
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio