To everyone seeking an entertaining and fun book to listen to - this is it. The narration absolutely makes this book. I have never heard anything from Sean Schemmel before but he has my vote for best comedic narration. Listen and laugh!
The snippets of life with cranky dad were hilarious as tweets, but as a sequence of stories they lose their pop. If you know these people, they are likely very funny, but otherwise, they occasionally evoke a mild smile at best.
The end, however, where Dad reveals personal history, is well-written, poignant, and compelling.
Great audiobook, very funny and real. I did not find it vulgar or offensive in any way. And I found the stories always had an undertone of the love and concern that a father feels for his son. I cant get enough of the stories about this grumpy, outspoken Dad.
Listen to it, read it, do whatever you like but just get it. It's so damn funny! I just wish that the narrator wouldn't make Justin sound like a total sissy with his voice. Otherwise, it had me rolling. Now who's bright idea was it to make this into a sitcom.....on CBS? Wow, idiotic. At least Justin Halpern got paid, I guess.
Sean Schemmel does his best to bring this book to life. The father's voice is especially well done—a combination of Ed Asner and John Mahoney (Martin Crane on Fraiser). However, the content fails to capture the reader's heart. The father is quite a character, but lacks endearing qualities. He is borderline abusive to his son, and the reader is expected to accept him as merely eccentric. Justin Halpern had no choice but to live with this guy, but what is the mother's excuse. She tolerates her husband's constant bitching when she should be out looking for a good divorce lawyer. Sorry, Justin. This memoir is just one big pile of s***.
This book had it's funny moments...just too random for me. There was not enough character development. Ultimate question: Did the dad love his current wife? How much of the **** did the son take to heart? How did he apply these things to his life or did he?
I laughed out loud during many parts of this book. I know the people in the cars around thought I must have been loony.
I don't know if it's just me but I didn't find the book that all entertaining. Also, profane language doesn't bother me in the least but the overuse of the F word seemed diminish the humor behind it all as the book went along. Yes, I realize that's probably the way his father really spoke.
I stopped listening after one hour. But hey, maybe someone else might enjoy it.
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.