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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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    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 2013

    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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    R. Horn Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 07-24-12
    R. Horn Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 07-24-12 Member Since 2002

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    "I could not stop laughing"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    The rants that seem to be spontaneously triggered by the story being told at the time.


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

    Part of it were so funny I had to replay them right away.


    Any additional comments?

    The language is pretty foul, but it is consistent with Carolla's point of view. Overall hilarious!

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    snarkyparanormal 07-24-12 Member Since 2015

    love listening to great books while I work, clean, and drive...a great way to experience great books!!!

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    Would you listen to Not Taco Bell Material again? Why?

    Yes, I love hearing all the stories and they offer a window into Adam's later years.



    What did you like best about this story?

    His chapters are organized by where he lived at the time. It is a very creative.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.


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    Steven 07-23-12
    Steven 07-23-12
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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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    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


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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!

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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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    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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    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

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    NCGuy NC USA 07-20-12
    NCGuy NC USA 07-20-12 Member Since 2015

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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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