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.
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.
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.
So, I've watched Jim Gaffigan on Netflix, so I thought this book would be just as funny. But I couldn't even listen to it anymore. He's so liberal when it comes to parenting, I can't even begin to relate. I'm the "Love and Logic" parent, where their actions have their own consequences. This guy is clueless when it comes to kids. Sorry.
His insights into parenting were really wonderful
We found ourselves cracking up often - with five kids, there are plenty of great stories
We have heard his stand-up routines and enjoyed them. A lot of the book is poached from his stand-up, which was not bad, just not new.
The text was wonderful but his performance reading it was a little rough. We could tell he meant for certain lines to be punchlines, but they were read just like text from a novel. The book itself is great, but I think that if I had read it myself, I would've delivered it in his voice in my head with his comedic timing.
Other people who have four or more children and are looking to commiserate.
Jim Gaffigan could have used the story telling ability that made him famous in the first place. He doesn't joke around and he doesn't try to engage the reader.
Hilarious, witty, relatable
Everytime he told a funny story, he just keeps adding more and more levels of wit - So, everything he relates is funny, but on multiple different levels.