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
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.
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!
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
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".
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.
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.
Highly recommend for a friend and actually bought a couple to give to friends
Adams unique ability to interpret common, everyday experiences and put his own logical spin on those events.
The stories with Ray.
The best thus far
Chapter 7. I damned near wrecked my truck i was laughing so hard. Seriously
You will laugh your ass off!
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
Avid audiobook addict!
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.
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.
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.
He digresses often and brings in Ray Oldhoffer and Dr. Drew to help the stories along.
No it's damn near 8 hours.
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.
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.
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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