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Cheryl

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  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1945)
    Story
    (1937)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Not for Gaffigan Fans"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    Not a book. Audio standup? Always yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny stories about parenting--and that is it!


    What didn’t you like about Jim Gaffigan’s performance?

    POOR and disappointing performance from a man who knows how to engage an audience. There were audible stumbles very very frequently, and the jokes were entirely recycled from his standup--and without the comedic delivery. At the beginning of the audiobook he jokes that he needed to write a book to afford a bigger house ASAP, and I think he was telling the truth. This is an extremely rushed product from one of my favorite comedians. Such a disappointment.


    Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

    Only because I had 15 hours to kill on a long drive. Otherwise no.


    Any additional comments?

    You will likely enjoy this book much more as a parent who doesn't know what to expect from gaffigan's comedy, and no prior knowledge of his standup.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27885)
    Performance
    (14463)
    Story
    (14517)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Amazing Story with UNBELIEVABLE Narration"
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    Where does The Help rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among one of the best audiobooks I've listened to, especially thanks to the amazing performances by the narrators. Thanks to that, it is as 3-dimensional as watching the film--with the awesome perks of keeping Kathryn Stockett's story unadulterated.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters/character development is spot on. In the film, Skeeters character lacks depth, but in the book she gradually takes on her mature and understanding role.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Help and why?

    Minnie and Abeline are by far the most amazing characters. I don't know how Kathryn Stockett portrayed them so vividly--truly amazing. You will feel like you know them and that they're your best friends.


    Any additional comments?

    Very long book, great for long road-trips. You will be crying at various points in the story, and you will feel connection to this book no matter who you are.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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