- How a Cartoon Masterpiece Defined a Generation
- Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
- Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-22-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By Stephen on 12-21-04
This is not a bad book, not what I expected but not a bad book. Is a very academic commentary on the world using Simpson references (and the same ones over and over). In the end I enjoyed the book, however some of the social commentary really started to get in the way of the theme of the book. About half way through the author stops mentionioning the Simpsons and goes on a rant about George W. Bush and the evils of his administration. Now I'm no W fan, in fact I worked in both 2000 and 2004 to try to keep him out of office, but the commentary just seemed to out of place.
In the end a decent look at the Simpsons and where it fits in todays society, with a few too many tangents.
In regards to the other reviewer's comments - the impressions of the Simpsons characters really are bad.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Neil on 01-14-08
A mixed bag
I'm quite torn in evaluating this book. To the good, Turner does a mostly decent job at analyzing The Simpsons in its 1990s context and how it sought to critique the culture in which it existed. And while I mostly agree with his analysis, Turner is wholly uncritical of the show itself. So it's a combination of fanboy enthusiasm with a bit more measured critique of the 90s.
I would almost certainly have had a better experience if I had purchased the text version of this book. The narrator, as others have said, was various shades of painful. Passable, I suppose, when reading Turner's words, but hideous when trying to imitate various characters' voices. It almost sounded like he'd never seen the show before. How the publishers allowed such an awful and distracting rendition of the characters to be released is baffling.
My recommendation: if the subject matter interests you, hunt down the text version (that's what my three stars represent) but avoid the "worst Simpsons imitation ever," to borrow from Comic Book Guy.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful