OK, I will admit - I love Jim Gaffigan and have seen him in concert. There are parts of this book that are just laugh out loud funny - and I don't even have kids. A great, light listen.
I can definitely relate to many of these stories as a new parent. I think Jim Gaffigan is wonderfully honest and hilarious. He perfectly captures the stress, terror, and love of parenting. It is a hilarious, yet thoughtful, book and anyone who is a parent will love it.
Jim Gaffigan is GREAT!!!
Jim's dad was the best. That is how all dads were in our generation
He is funny and really makes you feel like you are a part of his day and life.
No, but I did like the book. And, I would recommend it to others.
The fact that JG is the narrator.
The fact that it is so personal and relatable to fellow parents.
I have only heard his stand-up, but think this is right along the same lines, just with more of a central focus rather than many topics.
Don't live in a 5th floor, walk-up, 2 bedroom apartment, ever- but especially when you are a family of 7.
For the people who said they didn't like it because there was too much parenting and marriage content...that is what the book is about! He wrote this with the intent to entertain people about his crazy life as a father and husband! It is funny.
Humorous, Heartfelt & Fun
You can tell that Jim Gaffigan loves his family very much. Especially his wife - no wonder they have 5 kids!
I love when the author of the book is also the one that is reading it. You get the actual tone that they were striving for. And since Jim Gaffigan is a natural story teller it was great to hear him read this as well.
I learned that you have to do what you love and find those that you love to help along the way. The fact that Jim's wife helps him with all of his work is outstanding - both career wise and with the kids.
Right now all of his children are very young, so I hope that he continues to write these books as the kids grow up.
The book also made me feel like I wasn't alone in some of my parenting situations - and the humor that Jim puts towards everything is enlightening.
This is a cautionary tale about pro-creating beyond one’s means. The author describes the mundane life of raising five young children. It’s mostly boring, at times depressing, and not funny.
Maybe, or I may just stick to re-playing "Beyond the Pale" over and over.
Not rehash jokes from his standup albums and try and twist them into to new tales from his daily life. Between this and the sympathy I began to feel for his kids and his neighbors, I found myself vacillating between disappointment and rage by the end of the book.
I expected more
Jim Gaffigan, selfish dad
I have been a huge fan of Jim Gaffigan's work for years and was really, really surprised how much I disliked this book and started to dislike Gaffigan. He tries to paint a funny picture of life with a big family in a tiny NYC apartment but instead it came across as sad and selfish. On top of that a lot of the comedy was gleaned straight from his comedy albums, which I despise and find incredibly lazy. I've already paid for that joke twice, now I'm paying again. If you are going to do that, package it as "King Baby Deluxe Directors Cut Edition" and let me decide if I'm such a Gaffigan nerd I'm going to buy all versions, don't disguise it and dupe me into purchasing.
I guess I thought Jim was funny and then after I listened to this book, I realized he wasn't. Maybe if I were a Christian (that couldn't tolerate a swear word) and had a bunch of kids, I would get it. But, it was just Meh.
His reading did not flow well.
It is very enjoyable, fun to listen to, especially when I need a good laugh. It is near the top of my favorites list.
Yes, we're he to write another book, I would definitely be interested in it.
As this book is composed of anecdotes of the author's experiences as a father, having him narrate really brings his voice and perspective into the story.
No, but only because it contained anecdotes and no specific plot. It is great for short car trips and listening while doing other tasks.
I always found Jim Gaffigan funny when I saw him on TV, but this book is not good. Though it's superficially divided into chapters, the book is really an undifferentiated collection of observations about kids and parenting. If I had a dollar for every time he says his wife Jeannie is great, I'd be rich. I'm sure she IS great, though I hold her responsible for typing the manuscript and so being the indirect cause of my wasted monthly Audible credit.