I loved the honesty. His words painted vivid images in my head some were good and others were disturbing. Carolla tells a great story and this book is crammed with them.
Greg Fitzsimmon's book "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" because both authors let it all hang out. They spoke frankly about growing up and how they felt.
He digresses often and brings in Ray Oldhoffer and Dr. Drew to help the stories along.
No it's damn near 8 hours.
Really funny stuff all the way through. Anyone turned off by crude anecdotes of guys acting immaturely won't care for it, but it's unlikely that person would be reading a book by Carolla anyway. He works some truly insightful thoughts about parenting and personal responsibility along the way, but mostly it's just plain funny.
If there's a caveat, it's that Carolla freely admits that the audiobook is missing material from the print version (though it also has plenty of bonus material you won't find in the print version). That's no big knock on the audio--it's plenty hilarious as is--but I'd love an unabridged option that has all the material in one place. It does feel a bit like double-dipping to have two different versions out there.
But that's a minor issue. This audiobook is a ton of fun, and Carolla performing it himself makes all the difference. It's also fun to hear bits with his buddies Ray and Dr. Drew interspersed between the stories. With eight solid hours of candid hilarity, Not Taco Bell Material is a great deal for one Audible credit.
Adam has genuine stories that are hilarious that remind me of my time growing up. If you grew up in the 80s, you can definitely relate to this. Not that this is a period piece but he has hilarious "definitions" where he describes "pay phones" for those who are under 25,lol.
I loved this audio book! It is a paragon of audio books. Adam Carolla narrating this himself made the book very funny. I imagine this book is funny to read but listening to Adam himself tell his story makes it that much funnier. I laughed out loud many times and sometimes had to rewind because I missed something while I was laughing. Interviewing his friend Ray and Dr. Drew was a nice addition.
Feel kind of cheated with this one. Some funny stuff but certainly nothing to write home about. It was more like 8 hours of listening to Carolla ad-libbing, not narrating a book. Would I recommend this book to friends...probably not!
this was so good i turned around and listened to it all over again the next day and think i liked it better the second time>>>caution it can be rather course at times when the author tells you like it is>>>
I used to carry around stacks of audiobooks on casette, then on cd. Audible is the best thing since sliced bread!
As a loyal fan of Captain Carolla's pirate ship, I will definitely listen to this book again. To me, his stories are inspirational. Just a regular guy who knows what he wants out of life, and willing to do whatever it takes to get it.
It's hard for me to choose a particular memorable moment in the book. I love it all. I really like that he doesn't stick to the script.
In my humble opinion, this book couldn't possibly be read by anyone but Adam Carolla. I have always loved to listen to books narrated by the author. It's great to hear the inflections exactly the way the author intended.
I definitely wanted to listen all in one sitting, but I just didn't have the time. Some time in the future, maybe I will find occasion to do so.
I love the way Adam goes off onto tangents that aren't in the script.
The chapter about Ray is the most entertaining thing I've ever heard in an audiobook. I've played the whole chapter for a few people, and every time we were all in stitches.
Ray Oldhafer's chapter is the funniest thing I've ever heard on an audiobook.
Carolla's ranting never gets old. He just can't stick to the manuscript, and that's why you must get both. Just awesome.
Very Funny stories on his growing up based on what home Adam was living in at the time. Each chapter begins with the house location, purchase price, square footage, bedrooms, and baths. The chapter dealing with his (mis) adventures in Tijuana uses this also (50,000 bedrooms, 1 bathroom). His description of a really bad Christmas tree at one home (so pathetic that Charlie Brown came by to make fun of it) is a classic I'll always remember and borrow from him.
His style is PERFECT! Reading in parts but stopping to expound on points and give more details, this book feels like you are sitting in a bar with Adam having a drink and swapping stories of growing up. After a series of stories about his friend Rudy and their adventures, Rudy visits the studio and Adam calls him in and they talk about their friendship and the stories Adam had just told.
I had really enjoyed his previous book (In fifty years we'll all be chicks) and was not disappointed. I look forward to his next book!
Grew up the same way. Being a bully, crude and broke. Not as funny as it use to be. At age 54 I don't need to be reminded of the "glory" days. F bomb and feces laden stories about drinking, drugs and sex that I wish I had outgrown about 20 years earlier than I did. Is not funny!
Middle aged man who has talent but has no direction but backwards.
Adam is a good story teller.
Wish I hadn't bought this book. Not funny anymore!