He mentioned how wonderful his wife is 40 or 50 times. That was a bit overkill.
I will likely give his latest book a try, but it will be a few months from now.
He uses lots of voices throughout the book and that adds to the stories he tells.
Probably. He has a TV show and I'll likely give that a shot.
I think I wanted to like this audio book more than I actually liked it. Gaffigan is a funny, likable and easy-going guy who is extremely easy for me to identify with. But I just didn't find myself blown away by this book.
Previous reviewers have said that as Gaffigan fans that there was nothing new for them to read in this book. Before this book, I really didn't know who Gaffigan was, so familiarity was not a problem for me. I'd heard the name and I knew he had a TV show, but I certainly can't say that I was familiar with his jokes/routines.
And yet, somehow, I felt like I could feel the punchline coming before it was actually delivered. Gaffigan relies heavily on jokes that are supposed to lead you in one direction and then surprise you with a witty twist. Inevitably, I saw exactly where he was going each and every time. Some twists were clever, but just not unexpected - if that makes sense.
I enjoyed the book. There is something comforting in hearing about another parent's struggles that are so closely related to your own. And I laughed out loud probably four or five times over the course of the book. But frankly I was hoping to laugh a lot more.
Dad is fat is a pleasant listen. If you know Gaffigan’s work, you know what to expect. If you don’t like his humor or his voice, don’t bother. If you are unfamiliar with Gaffigan, he is a clean comic and this book is pretty much only about his family. If you don’t find humor in the small parts of family life, don’t bother. I like observational humor about families and the inside out look and this book hit a nice space. Clearly Gaffigan is happy and happy to share with us what’s going on and how crazy a large family is.
Gaffigan’s delivery is (this is not a criticism) flat just like his standup. Maybe it’s a bit nasal or whiny. It works for him (and me.) The book is 5.5 hours long so not too short. It is good for a drive – I could easily listen to a bit on my drive in.
I’m giving it fours because, while it is good and funny and I will buy his other products, it is not to the level of Tina Fey, Nora Ephron, Dan Savage or David Sedaris. I’m looking forward to the books to follow as the kids grow up. Growing up doesn’t sound like it is ever going to be a problem for Gaffigan and I, for one, and pretty happy about that.
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.
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.
I'm a Jim Gaffigan fan. He reminds me of Bill Cosby. I don't have kids and am probably a few years away from having kids, but I laughed from the start of this book to the end. The things that Jim talks about in his book are for all walks of life.
Jim reads it himself and does a brilliant job. Some of the book will be familiar to anyone who has watched any of his comedy specials but his way of looking at life is hilarious.
Dad Is Fat is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time.
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've listened to a few memoirs from comedians, and I typically find myself at a place where I just can't relate to the author. I really don't know what it's like to perform on stage, or be hired on a TV show, or even to want those things. However, I do know what it's like to be a parent. While I only have one kid and Jim has five, I still found myself nodding my head and relating to many of his funny stories about parenthood. That kept me interested and prevented my thoughts from wandering as I listened. Also, I like Jim's deadpan style comedy, and he brings that style through in this audiobook.
I loved it when he discussed his usual responses to people that were less than excited or downright rude when they found out he and his wife were having their 3rd, 4th, and 5th children. That was an attitude I could relate with - it's really no one's business. Except I relate in the inverse. Yes, I only have one kid. I don't know if I'll have any more. My husband and I reserve the right to make that decision, and discussing our plans or lack thereof is awkward to do with people outside of our marriage. Also, I loved his repeated excuse for having many children: his wife is hot. That ought to shut people up!
I've seen his life performances, not any other audiobooks. It's definitely in line with the style of his stand-up.
I did occasionally spontaneously laugh, which is super cool when you work in an open concept office.