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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Al Franken

Narrated By: Al Franken

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: May 2017

Duration: 12 hours 7 minutes

Summary:

From the #1 bestselling 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.

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  • Joe K

    Great Book. Interesting mixture of comedy, politics, and intellect of a great American with high integrity and principles. It kept me entertained from cover to cover.

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  • p coile

    thoughtful and entertaining. Always great to hear Al Franken speak/read. His delivery/comedic timing is genius.

  • richard s

    I thought this was a very good book with sunny stories as well as real life situations. Senator Franken has a fan for life with me. Very easy to listen to, he does a super job on the narration and just a pure joy to listen to! Highly recommended!!

  • Daniel J

    Great read - funny/witty, great easy to listen to storytelling from the narrator/author, Al Franken and insightful commentary on inner workings of politics. The heartwarming moments, lessons to learn from Senator Franken's journey and hopeful conclusion were also highlights. Recommend the book highly to those interested in politics and or comedy.

  • Caroline S

    I didn't know much about Al Franken before reading this book other than that he used to be on SNL and is now a senator, and I'm not a big fan of political books, so I wasn't sure I would enjoy this, but I really did. It's the kind of book I couldn't stop listening to once I started. His narration is top notch and the book offers a really fascinating behind the scenes look at running for the Senate and being a senator.

  • Scott S

    As a lobbyist for a public interest group who has been around for decades, this is one of the most honest stories about the Senate -- the importance of staff, the incredible time required for fundraising and the difficulties of getting a lot done in these times of great division. Because of Senator Franken's great comic timing, this is an especially good book to listen to the audio version.

  • William S

    I really enjoyed his FRANK and humorous telling of his election and term in office of the Senate!

  • Richard N

    Funny, moving and inspirational.

  • Claude R

    I truly enjoyed listening to this book. I meant to listen to it on rides to our country place over many trips but I couldn't wait! I enjoyed Senator Franken's narration so much that I ordered another one of his books. Wish we had more politicians like him! Funny and honest - I learned a lot about government and feel inspired to get active in my community. Thanks Senator!

  • Randy H

    Fantastic book. Senator Franken has his head on straight. We need 99 more just like him!!