Most humor doesn't age well. He comes across as grumpy and random, not as witty as I remembered him from years ago. George was radical and amazing in the 70s and 80s but listening to him rant is sort of like listening to disco music - you understand why people liked it at the time and also why no one listens to it anymore.
Regret at having bought it.
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.
But this book, without the context of him live with an audience is an affront. He comes across as a cranky, foul-mouthed man totally unhappy with the world. I couldn't listen to it all. I actually found it strangely upsetting. Go figure.
George Carlin is precise in his style of comedy, but lays broadsides to the modern world. He brings to light technicalities of turns of phrase that people tend to accept & questions why. A short answer would be that most people are either lazy or idiots, conditions that can be avoided with work. But not to blindly work for "The Man" either. But to be conscious of what you want to do & doing it because you want to want to do it, not because you were told.
A place for your stuff & the "George Carlin Book Club" are two of my favorite bits & are included in the recording. I appreciate the way Carlin follows the logic of reality until it becomes absurdity.