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This is such a funny book! I made the mistake of listening to it on a long train ride. I'm sure the people sitting close to me thought I was crazy for laughing out loud so often.
Downloaded this book yesterday based on the previous glowing reviews. Had high expectations that I'd be laughing so hard I'd wet myself. Got through the first hour with barely a chuckle. I consider myself as someone having a pretty good sense of humor but just didn't find this material very funny. I'm no prude either but did Justin's dad REALLY cuss like a sailor around the house and in front of young kids?! Sorry, this one didn't work for me and I refused to subject myself to the remaining hours.
The book is well written, but has no plot and goes nowhere. Had to give up at the halfway point. I am highly disappointed because I am a huge Stephen King fan and also really like Joe Hill, but Owen King just doesn't seem to have their skills at drawing you into the story.
Larded with obscenities and anger, makes for tedious listening. The advertising for the book says: "in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes". Nonsense; its just raving and ranting.
One of the most (if not the most) hysterical books I have ever read/listened to! Very entertaining and uplifting; guaranteed to cure anyone from a depressive state!
I am not sure if it is the completely unnecessary use of foul language or the ridiculous voice the narrator uses to portray the father, but this audiobook couldn't be worse. I am no prude, I have used my fair share of curse words - daily - but it becomes less funny the more you use it. And really?! Who's dad sounds like that? I mean, maybe someone when they are 70, but not 30-45, which is the likely age group for most of these comments. I can't even bring myself to listen to that second half. Waste of money. The first word of this book describes it perfectly.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
It sounded like my ideal book: hysterically funny, rude, or irreverent comments made by people old enough to know better with just enough wisdom and profanity thown in to keep it interesting. Imagine my surprise to find out there was not quite enough wisdom or funny to make it worth the three hours I gave it. The best part was a really great narrator. Look forward to hearing him again with just a bit more substance thrown in.
The content is humerous but I have two complaints.
1. The book is more of a bulletpoint list of quotes than a story which I think I would have enjoyed more, seems somewhat lazy. Just listing things that someone else said is kinda lame.
2. The narrators voice for Dad is way too over the top and cartoonish, it totally takes awY from the humor and personality, as well as bordering on unlistenable.
Good stuff. It is hard for a book to make me laugh out loud but this book does it a lot. I recommend it to listen to 15 minutes at a time.