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.
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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.
The rants that seem to be spontaneously triggered by the story being told at the time.
Part of it were so funny I had to replay them right away.
The language is pretty foul, but it is consistent with Carolla's point of view. Overall hilarious!
love listening to great books while I work, clean, and drive...a great way to experience great books!!!
Yes, I love hearing all the stories and they offer a window into Adam's later years.
His chapters are organized by where he lived at the time. It is a very creative.
He is barely reading the book! It feels like a conversation. He also has lived reactions to some of his memories and includes new topics that are not in the written book.
When his girlfriend found the article in the paper for the later known acme improve company. You get to hear his first review. This is one of his first attempts to perform on his own terms.
If you listen to The Adam Carolla daily podcast, he will reference many of the same stories, tbut the written book and the audio book are not the same.you should consider getting both versions.
Adam's nasally drone.
a lot of repeated material if you are a listener.
he takes a lot of asides.
I would definitely listen to Not Tao Bell Material again! The stories are so funny and Adam's delivery is awesome.
Adam Carolla reading his own stories sold this book for me, a must!
Love Adam Carolla and his quick wit and entertaining stories!
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
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.
Absolutely it was a great listen
Ray he cracks me up
Every thing you would expect from the ace man
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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