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The Rant Zone: An All-Out Blitz Against Soul-Sucking Jobs, Twisted Child Stars, Holistic Loons, and People Who Eat Their Dogs Audio CD – Abridged, October 18, 2001


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (October 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694526495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694526499
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,776,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

"I don't care who you know, you never start out at the top, no matter what business you're in. First you're given oil wells, then you're given a baseball team, and then, and only then, are you given the White House." This Miller "rant," similar to the others that run five or six to a page in this new collection, his fourth, encapsulates all of his comic traits: biting, slashing, witty and ecumenically politically savage, targeting right, left and center. This persona honed on HBO's Dennis Miller Live and ABC's Monday Night Football is not a far throw from his kinder Saturday Night Live days, but his aggressive tone and often vicious ridicule make him this country's most notorious satirist, social agitator and malcontent. Whether he is going after George W. Bush or Gary Condit, Miller is rude and abrasive, taking on everyone and everything, from God (whose "name gets thrown around like the drunken dwarf at a biker rally") to the fat Elvis ("after the 50s, even Elvis couldn't do Elvis") although much of his anger is directed at stupidity in government and popular culture. Though funny, the pieces tend to suffer from sameness, and in the end, after he has demolished most everything in sight, readers have no idea of what Miller's politics or thoughts really are. Despite its political topics, Miller's work is really about great stand-up, not serious exploration of current events. Of course, that's just our opinion. We could be wrong. (On sale Oct. 23)

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

In his new collection of, uh, commentaries, many of which have been publicly aired on HBO, Miller scores a few hits and a few misses. His usual suspects--sex, politics, and sports--are his main targets again, but the NFL, perhaps not surprisingly, gets off pretty much unscathed. As usual, Miller begins each piece by saying that he doesn't want to get into a rant. Then he rants. This amusing strategy becomes a little tedious 10 or 15 rants into the book, but then ranting is what Miller does best. Lying flat on the page as they do here, however, their quality of spinning down into a vortex of cynicism doesn't register nearly as well as when he delivers them in stand-up mode. Inflection, timing, and asides are all missing--and missed. Still, Miller remains amusing on such underappreciated aspects of modern life as sports talk radio; in fact, he's moderately entertaining throughout. This volume stacks up nicely with its three predecessors and breaks little new ground, which is probably okay with his fans. One cautionary note: the collection was put together before September 11, and in it, Miller doesn't fawn over W in the now-obligatory manner. Mike Tribby
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3.1 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Haugh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2001
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What can I say? Dennis Miller makes me laugh. His rambling monologues filled with pretentiousness and profanity make me laugh. He has a sharp, critical eye (which he's not afraid to turn on himself) and I often, though not always, agree with what he has to say. You take comedy with a grain of salt, realizing that its easy to take shots and less easy to come up with real solutions to the world's problems.
I sometimes hesitate to give a book like this a really high rating. Will this book change the world? No. Will it be read a year from now let alone 100 years from now? Probably not. And yet, this book made me laugh out loud more than anything I've read in recent months. It made me laugh more than I remember laughing at Miller's earlier rants. And now, in the aftermath of the tragedies lately, it's just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy it for what it is but enjoy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wallace V. French III on September 14, 2002
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I received this book as a gift and let it sit for awhile before pulling it off the shelf last weekend and getting through the pages in a couple hours. Funny funny stuff. Miller has an insight into topics like no one else. I've only seen his show a few times, but I know these "rants" are a collection of the rants from the show. Topics include lousy jobs, education, the Clintons, reality shows, government, football, and the media. No one is safe around Dennis Miller. Sometimes when you watch him live you can't understand half of the stuff he talks about because of his obscure references to other things. Having the book at least you've got it in writing and can double back to see what he was talking about. That makes understanding him a whole lot easier and it's even funnier once you understand what he's talking about. If you like his comedy this book is worth having. Funny stuff here.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alexander R. Small on November 7, 2001
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but Dennis Miller has more common sense in his pinky finger than George W. and the entire pack of DMV-caliber public servants in the Congress. This book has it all. His rant on intolerance was probably the most astute rant he's ever done. His rants on Elvis, Child Stars, and sports are funny as always. This man should be President, Chief Justice, and Supreme Speaker of Common Sense all rolled into one.
If you want a cranial clean-out session that makes an enema seem tame this will help clear your head of all the fog put out there in the media.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Petar Ticinovic on February 5, 2005
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...and he goes after anyone and everything, despite what some of the bitter, angry, neurotic, self-styled liberal reviewers here would have you believe. I think it was Mark Twain who wrote something like "sacred cow makes the best hamburger"; Miller understands and embodies this.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2002
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Miller's cultural observations are hysterical! Nobody's safe from his barbs, nothing's off limits. His diatribes on public education & Hollywood are especially funny. (For more derisive commentary on schools & Tinsel Town, though, read "No One's Even Bleeding"). The thing I like best about Dennis is his willingness to goof on himself as well as others. The "Rant Zone" is full of honest & biting wit, two essential ingredients for laughter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roger Mella on February 12, 2002
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Dennis Miller is back at it again with his fourth voume of "Rants". He and his team of writers don't miss a beat with there acerbically witty views and criticqes on celebrities, culture, and society. An added twist to this installments of "Rants" was Dennis Miller's new foray into football broadcasting on top of his weekly HBO show. With the additional commentary on football in this book, he can now feel for the growing number of people needing two jobs to get by (particularly those who have the oh-so ungrateful tasks of bitching and watching sports for a living, poor babies!)
Yes, its pretty much the same old same old for Dennis - and to me that was the biggest letdown of the book. Many of the issues dealt with in this book have already been done in other "Rants". Originality was lacking in many parts. Not many rants on politicians, sex, celebrities, and society can be kept fresh and interesting time after time, even by DM.
Still this book is a must-read for Miller fans and those who love to hear the high and mighty knocked off their precious horses.
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By A. Kessler on March 11, 2013
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I don't want to get off on a rant here but this book is great. Dennis Miller has always been one of my favorite comedians of all time & I know them all. I've watched comedy since I was 5 years old (I'm 36 now) and he's just a brilliant wordsmith & puts his jokes together like no one else. Of course, that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.
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By Karen Barrett on February 8, 2013
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Dennis Miller is "king of words and how to use them appropriately." Can't read a line without thinking and/or laughing. His work from 2001 is still appropriate in 2013 - Timeless.
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