I wasn't all that familiar with George Carlin before this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I certainly wasn't let down by high expectations. In the end, I didn't find this work all that funny or engaging. There were some very funny and pertinent commentaries that showed a clever brain behind the man, but the in-your-face blustering wore me down.
It was well read by the author, but his voice enhanced the feeling I had that Mr. Carlin is a curmudgeon. I'm not sure this is a person I'd want to meet in person.
So, if you like Howard Stern or similar comedians, then you may like this book. For me, I'm just glad I got it on sale.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
Pessimistic, negative, not funny, vulgar, and not entertaining. Need I say more? I was looking for laughs, for humor....did not find any.
This is audiobook made me laugh hysterically for a few bits, then bored me to tears for a few bits. But in the end, I really only remember laughing. George Carlin read to me before bed every night for about two weeks, and his extremely enthusiastic (if I can use that word) narration held me rapt, even while listening to long lists of oxymorons and Carlin's pet peeves for minutes at a time (some of them were quite witty).
George Carlin reading to me was a nice change of pace.
Yes! I and all my friends miss George Carlin big time. He was so funny!
Laughed until I cried.
Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.
Georgeorgeorge orgeorge if you know Carlin you know the joke.
It was an education in what almost works.
Stop reading and do the show.
yes! Avoid my cousin.
George has some great stuff he uses in his shows. I mean rolling on the floor FUNNY. This is 7 hours of the other stuff. It's like going on a road trip with that cousin that was funny at the wedding reception last year, but now you're stuck in the car with him for SEVEN F'N HOURS.
Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.
George Carlin is a master of stand up comedy. This, however is a book READ by Carlin, and he does not seem to be a good book writer. I listened to about 20% of the audiobook and skipped ahead to other chapters and did not find a single funny bit. It feels like a written rant about life. Buy a Carlin DVD instead.
I was disappointed--I love George Carlin comedy but this book just t didn't keep me engaged.
I love George Carlin's take on society, the fact that he doesn't stick with the norm and that he doesn't care about political correctness. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone you know that is paranoid and likes to thing about the "big world", especially if they haven't seen his stand up comedy, given that most of the content in this book stems from his stand up, or vise versa.
The best Part Was him reading it to you/a small audience.From the first line paraphrased 'I'm going to read it to you, but you'll need to get someone else to understand it for you' :)I estimate/think over half was new material, much of which is good but seemed unfit fo the faster pace of Stand-up Comedy. The majority of [the new] is excellent material, and Much of it is comparable to any of his other 'best material'.And the parts that were not new were given in a new way or organized differently.Good for several listens.
Well The only way it is anything like a story, is he categorizes his humor/commentary into 3 categories, but does not keep them distinct, it is more of a preface.The English Language [Better He explains :)]The little world [the personal world]The Big world
In A word : Himself. :) George CarlinHim reading it, has to double or triple the enjoyment.Anyone else's voice, and IDK Reading it may be better.Would depend on the voice and/or personality.
There are so many That move you all over, and make you think.Like "You've probably never been to where your friend works. But you probably have some sort of mental Image. If your friend changes jobs, to another that is pretty much the same; do you bother to change the Image?"
I think George appreciated us mourning 'our loss' the world's loss of him.But I think He wouldn't want us to continue too long.So After Mourning We should celebrate Him and all He did For Comedy, and in promotion of Human Thought. :)
This guy certainly has a unique perspective. I very much enjoy his rants, although I do think he could've probably lived a bit longer if he just learned how to fucking relax.