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.
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 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. ;-)
Retired naval officer, musician, correspondent; lives in Japan.
Jim Gaffigan may bristle at being labeled a "family-friendly" comic, but I say, "BRING IT ON!!" Just because I may occasionally slip and use a word my mother didn't teach me doesn't mean I prefer listening to those comedians who lazily use unnecessarily crude language. This author delights the listener with pure comedic genius that is free of distracting invectives.
"Food: A Love Story", also in my library, Jim Gaffigan's first book, also is totally fun. "Dad is Fat" is my favorite of the two...but dear JG, you keep writing and reading, and I'll keep buying and listening!
Perhaps because I'm a new, first-time grandmother, I particularly enjoyed Jim's descriptions of the Gaffigans' new parent struggles. So true, so universal.
I certainly could have listened all in one sitting, but I find the author's style so extremely enjoyable that I prefer listening in what one might describe as short, easily-digestible snacks to all-you-eat, all-out gluttony.
Looking forward to hearing more from Jim Gaffigan!
I had a great time listening to this book, allowed me to get a great view of what life is like living as Jim Gaffigan. I don't have children myself but it was great warning what it would be like to have so many kids. if you want to good clean laugh this book is definitely what you'll want to get.