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Not Taco Bell Material Audiobook

Not Taco Bell Material

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Publisher's Summary

In his second book, Adam Carolla - chart-topping podcaster and author of New York Times best seller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks - reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well.

Organized by the myriad "dumps" Carolla called home as a child - through the flophouse apartments he rented in his 20s, up to the homes he personally renovated after achieving success in Hollywood - the anecdotes here follow Adam's journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.

Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor. He's still connected to the working class guy he once was, and delivers a raw and edgy, fish-out-of-water take on the world in which he lives (but with which he mostly disagrees), telling all the stories, no matter who he offends - family, friends or the famous.

©2012 Adam Carolla (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    bryan SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 07-20-12
    bryan SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely it was a great listen


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray he cracks me up


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    His rants


    Any additional comments?

    Every thing you would expect from the ace man

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NCGuy NC USA 07-20-12
    NCGuy NC USA 07-20-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Perhaps a good book if you're in middle school"
    What disappointed you about Not Taco Bell Material?

    I decided to listen based on high reviews although this is not exactly my typical genera. I expected to be delighted just as other reviewers seem to have been. I got a few laughs, but overall this was very disappointing. If you think peeing in someones ear is funny and you admire someone brash enough to do it, then this book might be for you. If you're a bit more mature and think you're going to find a hidden gem, don't waste your time.

    There have been few audiobooks I've paid for and not finished, but this is one of them.


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    Collin DES MOINES, IA, United States 07-17-12
    Collin DES MOINES, IA, United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Must have for Ace fans"

    The chapter on Ray was by far my favorite part but the whole book was hilarious. Awesome storytelling and all the best tangents you would expect from Adam Carolla.

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    K. Schneider pa 07-15-12
    K. Schneider pa 07-15-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Side-splitting hilarious!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Why? Because it is not only funny but it is true and real honest humor. Blunt and to the point (except for the tangents.. but where would we be without the tangents?) Adam Carolla offers a sincere, open, almost voyeur view of his life. Each chapter takes you on a journey through time encased in the setting of the house he was living at the time. Brutally honest about everyone and everything involved (including himself), it makes for a listen worth listening to over and over. Or maybe that is just me.. but quite frankly if it keeps you smiling.. who cares! A staple in my ipod for all those moments when you really just need to shut out the loud mouth in the doctors waiting room to when the nurse is drawing so much blood you just need to get in a positive spot otherwise you will pass out! No matter where I turn it on, it brings an immediate smile, laugh, and frequently tears of laughter. Read by the author himself, if you are looking for comic relief, look no further... this may not be Taco Bell Material but it will ring your humor bell!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is stories based on Adam's life. Of course there are other characters and some of them quite interesting but Adam's story stands alone as an inspiration to overcoming any obstacle placed in front of you. Thanks Adam


    What does Adam Carolla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Read personally by Adam, his blunt and straight-shooting style makes for a ride one could only compare to 'Mr. Toad's Wild Ride' meets 'Willy Wonka' meets 'Benny Hill'. While reading the book is no doubt a humorous experience, listening to it.. and the emphasis placed on certain words or just the tangents alone, offer a vivid picture into true American Life. Great example of "We can pick our friends but we can't pick our relatives".


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Warning: This book will make you laugh so hard you will be crying. In addition, it may cause melting to the floor in a pool of hysterical laughter while everyone else around you are still taking life too seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    The humor contained in this audio book may be considered offensive to some. If you are not familiar with who Adam Carolla is.. educate yourself first as this may not be quite what you are expecting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sean LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-09-12
    sean LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Funny as hell get it on!"

    It made me laugh so hard. True carolla fashion but that's what made him who he is

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    Amazon Customer 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    ""It's a hit! for the Ace Man"... snifff"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend for a friend and actually bought a couple to give to friends


    What did you like best about this story?

    Adams unique ability to interpret common, everyday experiences and put his own logical spin on those events.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The stories with Ray.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh


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    Shovel ohio 07-09-12
    Shovel ohio 07-09-12
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    "LMFAO!!!"
    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best thus far


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Chapter 7. I damned near wrecked my truck i was laughing so hard. Seriously


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You will laugh your ass off!


    Any additional comments?

    Having Adam narrate this book makes the stories that much better. I enjoyed this book better than his previous one. Both books are great though

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    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-09-12
    Matthew Ottawa, ON, Canada 07-09-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid audiobook addict!

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    "Very funny book read by a master of storytelling"

    The only criticism is that if you've been listening to Adam for a while then you'll have already heard the majority of the stories in this book.

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    Clayton Ottawa, IL, United States 07-06-12
    Clayton Ottawa, IL, United States 07-06-12
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    "Great performance and listen"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    I loved the honesty. His words painted vivid images in my head some were good and others were disturbing. Carolla tells a great story and this book is crammed with them.


    What other book might you compare Not Taco Bell Material to and why?

    Greg Fitzsimmon's book "Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons" because both authors let it all hang out. They spoke frankly about growing up and how they felt.


    What does Adam Carolla bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He digresses often and brings in Ray Oldhoffer and Dr. Drew to help the stories along.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it's damn near 8 hours.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Gershman Denver, CO USA 07-02-12
    Rick Gershman Denver, CO USA 07-02-12

    Rick

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    "Very funny stuff, hilariously read by Carolla"

    Really funny stuff all the way through. Anyone turned off by crude anecdotes of guys acting immaturely won't care for it, but it's unlikely that person would be reading a book by Carolla anyway. He works some truly insightful thoughts about parenting and personal responsibility along the way, but mostly it's just plain funny.

    If there's a caveat, it's that Carolla freely admits that the audiobook is missing material from the print version (though it also has plenty of bonus material you won't find in the print version). That's no big knock on the audio--it's plenty hilarious as is--but I'd love an unabridged option that has all the material in one place. It does feel a bit like double-dipping to have two different versions out there.

    But that's a minor issue. This audiobook is a ton of fun, and Carolla performing it himself makes all the difference. It's also fun to hear bits with his buddies Ray and Dr. Drew interspersed between the stories. With eight solid hours of candid hilarity, Not Taco Bell Material is a great deal for one Audible credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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