Maybe I've gotten to old, but I used to love George Carlin when I was young. I know how he is but this is too much f this and f that and it seems like he's saying stuff just for some type of shock value, or like when a bunch of teenage boys get together. I don't think I've even chuckled twice.
Say something about yourself!
I would recommend anything by George Carlin.
Not really a character...but enjoyed the parts on the proper pronunciation and/or use of words. It has always been a pet peeve of mine, how people slaughter the English language.
It is always worth the time to listen to George Carlin.
Just a word to the wise. I do know that that "Brain Droppings" is an abridged version of the book. There are sections from the actual book that are omitted. I have never read "Napalm and Silly Putty" so I am not sure if that is also abridged.
Sometimes you just have to laugh out loud. Sometimes you just have to fast forward. You know that going into the audible. His read is as his live stand-up is: Carlin. Simply that - Carlin ..
Love Audibles. Read all I can.
Carlin is one of my favorite comedians. His airline flight attendant skit (not in this book) is one of favorites of any comedian. In this book when in the middle of his stories, I laughed. But the introduction, a slow crawl of his snobby pet peeves turned me off, and I never recovered.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
I have loved George Carlin since we were both young. He was wacky, so inventive, so wildly irreverent and obscene. His monologue on war probably killed some people, because it left (still leaves) me limp and gasping for air from laughing too hard. He performed almost up to the time of his death from cancer, and he seemed haggard and frail, and I can easily believe that he might have been angry or bitter about it. But this collection of essays is so nasty I could not listen to the whole book. Although just hearing Carlin's voice can make me ready to laugh, these essays are just ugly. Ruthless insults, unjustifiable hostility and rancor towards people who are absent-minded, or maybe not as cool as he is, or who dare to bring kids into his general area. Very sad!! It really made me sad. Rest in peace, George.
Old Fart 1960 (some day....)
Not really. The material is old and dated. And his delivery is not like hearing him live in concert. It was totally boring and tiresome for me to listen to any more of it. I couldn't get past the first 60 minutes.
Since George claims not to give a fig about the human race, his readings and thoughts now make total sense.
George tried too hard to sound like his old self but just doesn't come across as a comedian.
Nope, just tell people not to buy this audiobook.
Say something about yourself!
I remember thinking Geopge Carlin was funny when I was younger. Maybe it's just outdated humor, but I didn't find it that amusing. I didn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book before turning it off, maybe it gets better. This is only the second time I have not finished an audible listen........
Currently training for a marathon and trying listening to books instead of music. Takes mind of the long runs!
no - it is a good compilation but not laugh out loud and the funniest bits are all on youtube in his standup videos - but it is entertaining and well performed
His tone and cadence goes well with the snappy sometimes cranky observations
At first I wrote "no" in this box, but after further consideration; I thought that it would be nice to have a toned down version that family could listen to without the colorful language.
Probably not. This was plenty of Carlin to last me a lifetime. The bitching and moaning really tired me out. Listening to extensive foul language was boring. I was in the U.S. Navy and heard it all before but this was too infused with stuff I didn't care to hear, repeatedly.
When it was over.
No. He covered enough topics. I think he is dead.
Some things should be left to memories of youth.
I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!
I should have known, and in a way I did, that this would be the raunchiest book I'd ever listened to or read in my life.
Yet, it was George Carlin who is known to use a certain classification of words, but he's usually either funny or thought-provoking or both. I read or skimmed over the various reviews. Most of the reviews were positive so I took a chance.
I expected certain words to be used often, but I also expected humor and intelligence. Instead I heard horrible words -- not the ones I was expecting, although I heard those as well -- that were used to no positive purpose at all. It's one thing to use a "bad" word now and again. It's another thing to use certain "bad" words almost all the time. However it's a completely different and insufferable ignorance to use those words over and over for shock value rather than to drive a point across in order to get people to think about the absurdities of life, what we're allowing the POWERS THAT BE do to us and to our planet, etc.
If George had only used the words I thought he would use, along with his intellect, which I know he had, and along with his talent for humor, I would probably have liked the book. I was unable to make it past ten minutes or so. It was downright nasty. No humor. No intelligence. Dirty words which served no purpose at all except to distract me and make me cringe.
It reminded me of a little boy who suddenly discovers various words for body parts and bodily functions that, when used at the right time, will shock his parents. I guess George never grew up.
What a waste of his talents.