I've loved Jim Gaffigan for years. I bought this book for my Dad for Father's Day last year. Unfortunately I believe he was offended by the title and never read the contents since he thought I was calling him fat by giving him this book. I should have purchased the book for me. I have 4 kids under 8 years and was wiping tears away reading the book's introduction it was that funny to read the roles they play. Jim's delivery and honesty, coupled with his descriptions, voices, and material, is really so wonderful and hilarious. This is one funny book, yet it's different from his stand-up, and the listener will be laughing with reminders as babies cry in the night.
I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)
I enjoyed this but am a Gaffigan fan so .....my opinion review shouldnt really count. :-)
Laura the Listener
...but I don't, so it just seemed like a long list of all the reasons why I don't. And an homage to his wife, who is apparently perfect. There were a few lines that made me smile (not so much laugh out loud though), but overall I expected something funnier from Gaffigan as I'm a big fan of his comedy.
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.
Every time I see Jim Gaffigan in a comedy special I think, "This is so enjoyable, I wish it could on for, oh say, 5 hours and 26 minutes." Get this audiobook and it can! Jim reads it, so it is just like being in a comedy club, except no drinks and no bachelorette parties. It is hilarious. Don't listen in public, with headphones; strangers will think you are crazy. A couple of times when my laughter attracted attention I pointed to my head and said "Jim Gaffigan", trying to explain I was listening to a funny man, but people just walked away faster.
Parents of young (and multiple) kids who are not yet familiar with Jim and want to relate in a comedic, raw, and honest way parentally. My kids are older now so I fell asleep to this book in spite of loving Jim already.
Jim, I love you still and appreciate your place in life. I'm just not there now and needed more humor outside of your specific place, though I can imagine I'll have to wait a while as you are being demandingly blessed by constant spousal fertility. ;-)
I might recommend it to a friend if they're a parent. As a non-parent, it felt pretty repetitive and dull halfway through the book. I don't join in on parent conversations in real life b/c they don't interest me, and this was just that.
My dislike of this book was due to the topic, not the author. However, I think I might stick to his stand-up shows in the future. Even though his comedic style is conveyed very well in audio form, I realized I much prefer watching him up on stage, performing in front of an audience.
It was interesting to hear about Gaffigan's life off stage and his relationship with his family.
Dad is Fat is an engaging series of essays about parenting, presented in a mostly cohesive manner. Jim Gaffigan's observational humor is present throughout and makes for a light read. Throughout, Jim dotes on his wife, blames his kids for his poor eating habits... which he isn't wrong for doing. The humor was mild, and there were rare moments that caused me to chuckle: usually the end of each essay/chapter. This is not as funny as his stand-up, but I did not feel as though my time was wasted. His delivery is surprisingly stumbling. I do not blame Jim for this, but poor producing. When he mumbled words and phrases, or awkwardly paused and not for effect, they really should have asked him to re-record the sentence or paragraph.
Seriously funny. I don't know how single adults feel about it but as a parent I laughed through the entire book. I'm not a connoisseur of Gaffigan so I don't know if he repeats stuff that's been out for a while or not as some of the other reviews said.