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
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.
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.
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.
From rags to riches.
Yes, You always have to listen to audio books a few times to get everything.
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.
Ace is the most enjoyable reader.
The Nerdist Way, written by Chris Hardwick
Although I enjoy Chris, his reading of his book is unlistenable.
This is equal or better than his previous book.
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.
I await his next audiobook.
Yes. Best book my husband and I have heard/read this year!
None, it's in a class of it's own.
The extra rants, having people read their own chapters and add their own perspectives to the Adam's stories.
Sense of humor required!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Adams passion for how working hard to get out of the welfare . When he realizes how to do it.
this should be a movie.
Adam has a way to spin his life storys. Fun listen
In fifty years well all be chicks
Yes similar he doesnt read from the book all the time
The way that Adam tells his story.
All of them.
Ray's mom and Team (Tim).
Eric Rendering Fisk - The Fedora Chronicles
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.
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.
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.???
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.
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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