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Not Taco Bell Material Audiobook

Not Taco Bell Material

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. 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.
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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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    Nosyt Twin Cites 07-02-12
    Nosyt Twin Cites 07-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Adam has genuine stories that are hilarious that remind me of my time growing up. If you grew up in the 80s, you can definitely relate to this. Not that this is a period piece but he has hilarious "definitions" where he describes "pay phones" for those who are under 25,lol.


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    Mike M Canada 07-01-12
    Mike M Canada 07-01-12
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    "Excellent and very funny!"

    I loved this audio book! It is a paragon of audio books. Adam Carolla narrating this himself made the book very funny. I imagine this book is funny to read but listening to Adam himself tell his story makes it that much funnier. I laughed out loud many times and sometimes had to rewind because I missed something while I was laughing. Interviewing his friend Ray and Dr. Drew was a nice addition.

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    Doc 06-29-12
    Doc 06-29-12
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    "Ok???I guess!"

    Feel kind of cheated with this one. Some funny stuff but certainly nothing to write home about. It was more like 8 hours of listening to Carolla ad-libbing, not narrating a book. Would I recommend this book to friends...probably not!

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    Mallie Eric 06-27-12
    Mallie Eric 06-27-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Real laugh out loud"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this was so good i turned around and listened to it all over again the next day and think i liked it better the second time>>>caution it can be rather course at times when the author tells you like it is>>>


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    Curtis Madisonville, KY, United States 06-27-12
    Curtis Madisonville, KY, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2012

    I used to carry around stacks of audiobooks on casette, then on cd. Audible is the best thing since sliced bread!

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    "Adam Carolla's unique opinion"
    Would you listen to Not Taco Bell Material again? Why?

    As a loyal fan of Captain Carolla's pirate ship, I will definitely listen to this book again. To me, his stories are inspirational. Just a regular guy who knows what he wants out of life, and willing to do whatever it takes to get it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Taco Bell Material?

    It's hard for me to choose a particular memorable moment in the book. I love it all. I really like that he doesn't stick to the script.


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

    In my humble opinion, this book couldn't possibly be read by anyone but Adam Carolla. I have always loved to listen to books narrated by the author. It's great to hear the inflections exactly the way the author intended.


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

    I definitely wanted to listen all in one sitting, but I just didn't have the time. Some time in the future, maybe I will find occasion to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the way Adam goes off onto tangents that aren't in the script.

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    Nicholas Abilene, TX, United States 06-27-12
    Nicholas Abilene, TX, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Do yourself a favor and buy both print and audio."
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    The chapter about Ray is the most entertaining thing I've ever heard in an audiobook. I've played the whole chapter for a few people, and every time we were all in stitches.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ray Oldhafer's chapter is the funniest thing I've ever heard on an audiobook.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    Carolla's ranting never gets old. He just can't stick to the manuscript, and that's why you must get both. Just awesome.


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    Don 06-24-12
    Don 06-24-12
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    "Great stories from Adam Carolla A.K.A "Ace""

    Very Funny stories on his growing up based on what home Adam was living in at the time. Each chapter begins with the house location, purchase price, square footage, bedrooms, and baths. The chapter dealing with his (mis) adventures in Tijuana uses this also (50,000 bedrooms, 1 bathroom). His description of a really bad Christmas tree at one home (so pathetic that Charlie Brown came by to make fun of it) is a classic I'll always remember and borrow from him.

    His style is PERFECT! Reading in parts but stopping to expound on points and give more details, this book feels like you are sitting in a bar with Adam having a drink and swapping stories of growing up. After a series of stories about his friend Rudy and their adventures, Rudy visits the studio and Adam calls him in and they talk about their friendship and the stories Adam had just told.

    I had really enjoyed his previous book (In fifty years we'll all be chicks) and was not disappointed. I look forward to his next book!

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    Tom Pleasant view, UT, United States 06-21-12
    Tom Pleasant view, UT, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Maybe I'm old"
    What would have made Not Taco Bell Material better?

    Grew up the same way. Being a bully, crude and broke. Not as funny as it use to be. At age 54 I don't need to be reminded of the "glory" days. F bomb and feces laden stories about drinking, drugs and sex that I wish I had outgrown about 20 years earlier than I did. Is not funny!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Carolla again?

    No!


    What didn’t you like about Adam Carolla’s performance?

    Middle aged man who has talent but has no direction but backwards.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Adam is a good story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I hadn't bought this book. Not funny anymore!

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    Amber South Charleston, WV, United States 06-20-12
    Amber South Charleston, WV, United States 06-20-12
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    "Love the Ace Man!!!!"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    Loved hearing Adam tell about the way he grew up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam & Ray


    Have you listened to any of Adam Carolla’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just his podcasts


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

    yes but had to break it up over 2 days


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    Stephanie 06-19-12
    Stephanie 06-19-12
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    "Fun listening, but ended kind of flat"
    What made the experience of listening to Not Taco Bell Material the most enjoyable?

    I liked Adam's personality-packed narration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's all about Adam, but I enjoyed learning about his early years and his family. Also liked how he used the houses he lived in to describe the different stages in his life.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Carolla – was your favorite?

    Not a character, but I especially liked the only semi-serious spot in the book where Adam explains that it was "will" (not talent or ability) that helped him get on the football team.


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

    Some hearty laughs in several spots. Definitely a lot of "guy" humor, so watch out if you are offended by cursing or scatological references


    Any additional comments?

    He never actually explained the title (or maybe I missed it), but I would have liked to have heard that story

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