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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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    C. Schuh Saint Cloud, MN 08-07-12
    C. Schuh Saint Cloud, MN 08-07-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Hilarious Book and Excellent Delivery"
    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be one of the best audiobook performances by far. You feel like the author is actually talking to you rather than reading his book. There is no dryness or flat delivery which can sometimes occur with reading a humor book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Adam is by far the beacon in the story but it was a joy hearing stories of Ray. Plus Ray makes a cameo in the book.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    It did not feel like he was just reading the book to me. It felt like a guy recounting stories and tell them to you. It had a flow and pacing that I have never encountered before in an audiobook.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From rags to riches.


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    rocky tobaccoville, NC, United States 08-07-12
    rocky tobaccoville, NC, United States 08-07-12
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    "Always fun."
    Would you listen to Not Taco Bell Material again? Why?

    Yes, You always have to listen to audio books a few times to get everything.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    Its Adam.


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    Richard 08-06-12
    Richard 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "We are lucky Taco Bell wasn't hiring;-)"
    Any additional comments?

    Adam Carolla has always been interesting but I thought this multi-hour book with Adam reading was a treat. He seems like a guy you'd just like to have a beer with. Good book...highly recommended listen.

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    Stuart HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-31-12
    Stuart HONOLULU, HI, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Reading ain't fun-damental, listening is to Ace is"
    What made the experience of listening to Not Taco Bell Material the most enjoyable?

    Ace is the most enjoyable reader.


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

    The Nerdist Way, written by Chris Hardwick

    Although I enjoy Chris, his reading of his book is unlistenable.


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

    This is equal or better than his previous book.


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

    I listen to his podcasts, plural, everyday. It's hard for me to get a extreme reaction to anything he says, but I enjoy his prolonged talks without the distractions.


    Any additional comments?

    I await his next audiobook.

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    Amazon Customer Wasilla, AK, United States 07-30-12
    Amazon Customer Wasilla, AK, United States 07-30-12
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    "You will actually laugh outloud!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Best book my husband and I have heard/read this year!


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

    None, it's in a class of it's own.


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

    The extra rants, having people read their own chapters and add their own perspectives to the Adam's stories.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sense of humor required!


    Any additional comments?

    Love the audio and digital versions, still need to get the hard copy. Each has something different to offer, great use of multimedia platforms! We Love Adam!

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    Kevin GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 07-30-12
    Kevin GRAND RAPIDS, MI, United States 07-30-12
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    "Carolla talks EVERYTHING and makes it funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Not Taco Bell Material to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but since the audio book and the print versions are very different these might not be the best question to ask.


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

    When Adam tells the story of his buddy Ray trying to spray water out of his butt onto the dude in the drive thru window at the Jack in the Box! the best books have a water pooping story in them.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    When Ray came in to help tell a Ray Story. When Dr Drew came in to tell road trip stories and when Adam farted live to make a point!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Adams passion for how working hard to get out of the welfare . When he realizes how to do it.


    Any additional comments?

    this should be a movie.

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    Mark S. Olson 07-29-12

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    "Love Adam and his storys"
    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Adam has a way to spin his life storys. Fun listen


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

    In fifty years well all be chicks


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

    Yes similar he doesnt read from the book all the time


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nope


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    David Nehra Chesterfield Twp, Michigan United States 07-29-12
    David Nehra Chesterfield Twp, Michigan United States 07-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    The way that Adam tells his story.


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

    All of them.


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

    Ray's mom and Team (Tim).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hell no!


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    Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles Rindge, NH, United States 07-27-12
    Eric Renderking Fisk from The Fedora Chronicles Rindge, NH, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2016

    Eric Rendering Fisk - The Fedora Chronicles

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    "So funny, it kept us up all night!"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    If you grew up during the 1970???s and 1980???s and you also come from a dysfunctional family, you???re going to relate to this book. While this book is about Mr. Carolla???s personal experience it???s really about us; our crazy friends who could be certifiable and institutionalized, under-achievers in high school or college and wake up realizing that we deserve more out of life and work harder and smarter to get it, not letting setbacks get the best of us.

    Adam Carolla???s ???Mandate ??? GET IT ON??? mantra and this book has done more for people like us than any motivational speaker ever could because he???s been there and done ???it;??? he made something of himself after starting with literally nothing. Obviously he had some laughs along the way ??? but at times this is a genuinely serious book.


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

    One of the most memorable moments of ???Not Taco Bell Material???? For me personally it was staying up all night with my wife listening it. I like to actually listen to audio books while I try and fall asleep, but this kept waking me up laughing. I suppressed a laugh that was so intense, I bruised a rib and almost dislocated my shoulder. My wife asked me; ???What???s so funny.??? Now??? that???s not actually part of the book ??? that???s a memorable moment of me reading it. Does that count?

    An actual memorable moment of the book itself? The descriptions of Adam???s life while growing up in the 1970???s and 1980???s that brought back a few memories of my own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, Geezus ??? any portion of the book when Mr. Carolla chronicles his misadventures with his friend, Ray. Literally laugh out loud funny. Other than that, it???s hard to pick out a favorite ???scene.??? The entire tone of the book ??? while being perfectly immature, sophomoric, justifiably misogynistic, and often genuinely disgusting during small stretches ??? is consistent. While it???s based on the true misadventures of his life, it???s the perfect masculine version of ???summer reading.???


    Any additional comments?

    There are rants that Mr. Carolla indulges in that aren't included in "the book book." If you're a genuine fan of the hard-copy of this book, you need to also listen to this version to get the whole "Not Taco Bell Material" experience.

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    James McDonough, GA, United States 07-25-12
    James McDonough, GA, United States 07-25-12
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    "Adam Corrolla at his best"

    Listening to Adam vamp about his experiences growing up makes this book an easy listen. The story is illustrated by the different houses and apartments he grew up in, and what he was doing at the time. A great way to prompt funny, awkward memories. If you aren't familiar with Adam, listen and discover the understated High School jock, with a big heart.

    Adam tells a story like none other, and keeps you laughing. A great listen that will no doubt leave you wanting more.

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