I enjoyed the witticisms of Justin Halpern's father, and overall it is a nice story. The narrator decided to use voices for each character which is alright at first to distinguish when the father and son are talking but then goes too far. He starts using voices for children and later a female character and is just ridiculous and it becomes just disruptive to the story.
This was a wonderful book. I laughed through almost all of it. Between the amusing rants of "Dad" is a heartfelt testiment to the challenges and joys of parenting. Most listeners will recognize a little bit of their own childhood experiences in the various stories. I highly recommend this audiobook.
If you have a good sense of humor and appreciate quirky insights, you will certainly love this book. I haven't laughed this hard for years!
Sean Schemmel does a great job switching between the voices of the narrator (the persona of the author Justin) and his irreverent but wise father. After hearing Schemmel, I've been recommending the audible version over the written one (which I haven't seen). Repetitive profane language can quickly become tiresome, but Schemmel's spirited reading gives life to Dr. Halpern's emphatic emotions & ideas. The structure - anecdotes alternating with series of short adages - works. Despite the description of some personally embarrassing situations, I plan to recommend this to my own adult children who are now fathers of sons.
This is a funny book to listen to bits and pieces of, but it doesn't actually form a complete story--which I consider to be the most fulfilling comedy to listen to or read.
If it were a physical book rather than an audio, it's the type you'd check out from the lib. or read and then give away or sell, rather than buy a new copy (or use a monthly credit.)
I've listened to this twice already and will continue to replay it. Everything is pure gold, and now I find myself using the bits of wit and wisdom found from Sh*t My Dad Says in everyday life.
I can honestly say, I have never in my life had a book, that I have read or downloaded, cause me to laugh out loud so much... until I heard this audio book! The narrator does an excellent job bringing the characters to life and makes this audio book one of my favorites thus far. Thank you Justin for writing this! It truly was what I needed! A must download!
While I found this mildly amusing and I did chuckle out loud at a few parts I did not find this a hilarious as some of the other reviewers probably because I identify my self with the father in the story. I found that I have said some of the things to my boys and it kind of made me take a step back and reflect a bit. I kind of wished I got this from the library rather than spending my own money on. None the less you may enjoy it so read on!
If you don't cuss in your everyday life, this is a little jarring at first. The one or two sentence quotes, while clever, cannot hold a candle to the longer stories. While much of the humor (and there is LOTS of it) lies in the son's reaction to his father, there are also stories and references included that give a broader picture of his father as an individual and it is those that are priceless. The narrator does a great job of conveying the wonder, and sometimes horror, of being this extraordinary father's son. The sound quality is excellent - although you may have to rewind often to catch something you missed while laughing.
As a bonus, there are plenty of parenting take aways you can use on your own kids.
At first you think...bad dad....then the more you listen the more you see sensitive caring funny dad....but really this book is probably more enjoyable for a father or son than a daughter. Amusing but I couldnt really relate.