The Partly Cloudy Patriot

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2003

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Anonymous

    While I enjoyed this book, I liked her Assassination Vacation better. Don't miss it!

  • Kendra

    I enjoyed this book when I read it, but listening to Sarah Vowell read her own work always makes it even better!

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book! I have also listened to 'Assassination Vacation' and fell in love with the author's take on life and history. If you like the Daily Show, you will like her sense of humor. I am excited to see more work from her!

  • Anonymous

    Vowell's reading is thoughtful and entertaining, as are the "historic personage" cameo readers.

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