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The reluctant hero of this hilarious novel is John Oliver Banion, a stuffy Washington talk show host whose privileged life is thrown into upheaval when he is abducted and probed by aliens while golfing at his restricted country club. In actuality, Banion has been duped by a secret U.S. government agency that stages abductions in order to create more public support for spending on space research. But Banion believes he has been chosen by the extra-terrestrials to champion the most important cause of the millennium, and he embarks on a holy crusade, appearing before a convention of UFO believers and demanding action from Congress and the White House. His friends and family, however, suspect Banion is having some kind of manic-depressive midlife crisis and urge him to seek therapy before his credibility as a pillar of the punditocracy is ruined. So John Oliver Banion must choose between keeping his establishment status and becoming the leader of millions of impassioned and somewhat scruffy new friends who want to expose the government's secret alien agenda.
Don't miss Christopher Buckley, Steve Martin, and other humorists discussing their craft at the New Yorker Festival.
©1999 Christopher Buckley (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Banta Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

Laughing Gas

In Buckley's Little Green Men government "baggers" go around snatching overweight women and thereby ensuring continuing funding for space and defense research. Then in a moment of drunken inspiration, they kidnap John O. Banion, and things get interesting. If you've read Thank You For Smoking or No Way To Treat A First Lady, you already know that Buckley can make you laugh. What you may not know is that no matter what the subject matter, Buckley has a way with words and an insider's view of Washington that will make you snicker at first, and later roll with laughter. Instead of wincing at the "conspiracy theory" adopted in the book, you'll find yourself nodding along, captivated with the world Buckley creates. This one is a five star triumph!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eduardo on 02-05-09

Intellectually hilarious!

I have listened to this book over and over and over again after first renting a cassette copy of it at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I bought the cassette version until the cassette broke, then I found it on audible and had to buy it again. Christopher Buckley has a way with weaving high brow words with slap stick comedy. Mark Lin Baker reads the story and brings all of the characters to life. This is an incredible "theater of the mind" comedy that will have you laughing so hard at the wild analogies and references that are made. I always think of this story as a "What if Rush Limbaugh were abducted by aliens and how would he handle it". With his credibility on the line and the search for the truth. Obviously it's not Rush, but Oliver Banyon, a pompous political interviewer on television rather than radio.

I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to laugh themselves silly on a long drive or just to escape. I have listened to many audio books, but this is by far the best in entertainment. Great job Mark Lin Baker!

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