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.
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Short Review: Gaffigan is funny. My kind of funny. Simple stories about his life and how hard it is. He loves his kids, wife, life and his laziness. I can relate to all of it. The only thing that keeps me from rating it higher is that if you have seen Gaffigan live or on his tv specials you probably have heard about 20-25 percent of the book already. If you don't know Gaffigan, then it is probably a 4 star book. If you are a fan, then then this is probably a 3 star book.
My full review is on my blog.
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. ;-)
It's like he's reading my life story. Except being pale, and having five kids ( I only have three). I'm glad Jim did the reading.
This book is filled with funny stories about Jim, his wife and 5 kids. Parents would get a kick out of this book. Yet I'm not a parent and I enjoyed this collection of stories. With Jim reading his audiobook, he was able to impersonate his dad and kids which really added to the stories.
It was very relatable to me which I enjoyed. I'm a Christian mom of 5 kids. It's all about kids, parenting and family life and it's pretty clean humor. He even jokes about being a "family friendly" comedian.
The performance started off OK, with a funny piece on going camping with a couple that just had a baby, but then it deteriorated into jokes that would only be humorous to people raising young kids. My wife and I, who are big Jim Gaffigan fans, got bored and stopped listening. However, next time there is a Jim Gaffigan performance we will still give it a chance. Soured on this book, but not Jim Gaffigan.
The narration made this book for me, Gaffigan's delivery is like listening to hours and hours of his stand up. As someone who came from a mid-western family this book really hit home too. Great for a road trip!