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Not Taco Bell Material | [Adam Carolla]

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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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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    Steven los angeles, CA, United States 07-23-12
    Steven los angeles, CA, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Glad i read this but i give it a B-"

    Not as good as i was told by a friend, but still an interesting read
    B-

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    Christopher 07-23-12
    Christopher 07-23-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "For Fans"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    Adam's nasally drone.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Carolla’s story?

    a lot of repeated material if you are a listener.


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

    he takes a lot of asides.


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

    laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sunny_in_Vegas 07-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Hilarious!"
    Would you listen to Not Taco Bell Material again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Not Tao Bell Material again! The stories are so funny and Adam's delivery is awesome.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Adam Carolla reading his own stories sold this book for me, a must!


    Any additional comments?

    Love Adam Carolla and his quick wit and entertaining stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 07-22-12
    Chris 07-22-12

    I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.

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    "Sometimes one can tell too much - tmi"

    I admire Adam Corolla. He is a self made man with good common sense who is not afraid to be a voice for good common sense in the stupidly politically correct world of entertainment. I love his other book (In 50 Years We Will All Be Chicks). This book covers much of the same ground, but is much more biographical with a lot of detail - too much detail. I thought more of him before I heard some of those gross stories.

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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

    randy_rowell

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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.

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    sean LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-09-12
    sean LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2012
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    07-09-12
    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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