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.
I'm a Carlin fan and I appreciate his humor. Some of it I think translates better in reading it directly from the book yourself rather than hearing him read it to you. I would agree with other reviewers who stated that he came off as a grumpy old man. That's part of the Carlin charm! I enjoyed most of the book. I've read Napalm and Silly Putty before, a very long time ago. I enjoyed listening to this book while I worked at my desk. I would buy it again. I would recommend it to any Carlin fan. As a Carlin fan, hopefully they'd know to expect a cursing grumpy old man. Not all of the jokes were laugh out loud funny. Some were more like, "hmmm, I never thought of it that way before," type jokes. The one liners are mixed in with the long stories, so sometimes it takes a minute to realize he's not building up to a larger story. That would be more apparent if you were reading it directly from the book yourself, instead of hearing him read it to you. This book did have me laughing out loud during the funniest parts, and thinking from a different angle during the more clever parts.
Do not get this book if you are offended by cursing, negativity, pessimism, abortion jokes, religion jokes, or other inappropriate forms of humor. I find that humor great, but those who don't will hate this book.
Carlin is hilarious in 90-minute blocks of time. Unfortunately, the book is so long and instead of moving from topic to topic, it focuses too much on each topic. At this point it becomes depressing. Yeah, his observations are funny, but it ends up being depressing how negative his funny observations are. I recommend listening to it in small bits.
Funny in parts, clever in parts, and all that. But, I've never heard such a compact use of profanity. I would NOT want to be locked up in a prison cell with Carlin. (Yes, I know he's dead.) The language is far over-the-top for me. Got tired of it.
I neglected to remember that George Carlin is a whiny comedian that complains alot. Even though I thought some of the content was humorous I could not get through the entire book , just not my style.
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.