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Assassination Vacation

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Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With "Assassination Vacation," she takes us on a road trip like no other--a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.



  • I had a blast reading this book. Sarah Vowell's extensive research, unique perspectives, and witty humor truly elevate this book. Some people might either love or despise her high-pitched voice, which gives the book a distinct touch. Personally, I found it to enhance the overall experience. While her liberal political stance may deter a few readers, most will thoroughly enjoy the journey.
  • The premise of 'Assassination Vacation' looked intriguing, and while it initially seemed witty enough, I regret not previewing it before purchasing. Unfortunately, the author/reader's voice is quite irritating, with "up-talking" at the end of sentences and an overall tonality that became unbearable after just 15 minutes. If you're particular about the readers, I advise previewing this before committing. It's a shame because now I'll have to buy the hardcopy to experience it.
  • Sarah Vowell makes history fun. I knew virtually nothing about Garfield and McKinley much less their nut case assassins. She reads her own work and her unique voice brings her personality out and shows her passion for her topic. HOWEVER, she almost ruins the entire adventure by randomly inserting extreme hatred for George W. Bush at every oportunity and showing no respect for God or Christians in general. If she could have stuck with her subject matter this book would be a true gem.
  • Her voice is annoying. The book is less historical than I wanted. I felt sorry for RT Lincoln. But yet I read this book to the bitter end. I don't know why, but I couldn't send it back unread. I'll just give it three stars and move on!
  • I have been a presidential hobbyist for 40 years and I never had so much fun reading a history book. Sarah's wit comes though loud and clear, I never knew facts about dull Jimmy Garfield could make me laugh.
  • Witty, very well researched, with some fine story telling. The only bad point is the reader sounds like the daughter of Gomez Adams. If you can get past this you will have a very fine listening experience.
  • The author's voice is unique... well we all have unique voices! Hers tends to grating to start as she reads her own work, however perseverance gives you a witty take on all she is discussing, filled with wonderful trivia, lots of context for the facts and some out loud laughing. I shall go in search of more to read or listen to by this author.
  • Returned--couldn't finish it--couldn't get past her voice. It may be a good book--I liked the subject but would rather hear a drill at the dentist office. Someone should have told her how bad her voice was before she made the reading.