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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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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 06-02-14
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."

    An autobiography of Adam's life told in stages, each stage defined by a house he lived in. This book was funny, and at times even smart, but the extent and quantity of the gross-out gags had an overpoweringly negative effect.

    Carolla narrated this book himself which was fine, and it was mostly really good and original in its approach. He didn't read the book but rather told the stories off-the-cuff in a stand-up comedy style. What I found somewhat annoying here was that he would reference an image in the book and then tell everyone to go buy the print book if they wanted to see it. Also he edited the stories from the book and even left out an entire chapter.

    Overall, I wish that I could have learned more about the Carolla from this book. Why are his friendships so enduring? What has his journey from shoe-box apartments to million dollar mansions taught him? Something more than just a bunch stories about guys peeing on one another (or worse - yes, worse).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    katrina goleta, CA, United States 08-06-13
    katrina goleta, CA, United States 08-06-13
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    "Ok Book!!"
    Would you try another book from Adam Carolla and/or Adam Carolla?

    Too much cussing at times and talking about "Poop" too much..Overall the book was ok at the beginning, but 3/4 thru It was more difficult to keep listening. He is funny, but it kind of gets old his cussing and his stories get a little boring..


    Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Carolla? Why or why not?

    No I think i have had my fill of Adam, for now!!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less cussing and less "poop" stories


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HappyQuails Aptos, Ca, United States 05-06-13
    HappyQuails Aptos, Ca, United States 05-06-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Adam's finest, with an elevating sophistication"
    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While this is one of my favorite audio books, I never would have been a fan of the pre-Dr. Drew version of Adam Carolla. The wonderful influence of each man's spirit upon the other has tempered their more extreme personality traits, lending sophistication to Adam's surly outlook upon the world and a degree of good natured manly grit to Drew's ultra type A personality.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    HBerberena Pomona, CA, United States 03-15-13
    HBerberena Pomona, CA, United States 03-15-13
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    "In 50 Years... 2.0"
    What made the experience of listening to Not Taco Bell Material the most enjoyable?

    This book has more than a few stories rehashed from the first book, along with a few that you may not have heard before.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Maybe skipping Chapter 15 wasn't such a great idea...
    (7hours 59 seconds)


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

    Ray


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle MI 01-25-14
    Danielle MI 01-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    Adam is a great story teller and this book gave you a background of his life through the homes he lived in


    Any additional comments?

    Most of this material was the same as the last book so I was let down by that he talked about his football in both books. other than that it was a good book especially his crazy friend Ray I can't believe the mess he did back then. I'm also glad to know that he started from the bottom and worked his way up...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason M. Priest Canton, GA USA 06-13-13
    Jason M. Priest Canton, GA USA 06-13-13
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    "Horrible book, very sad."
    What would have made Not Taco Bell Material better?

    Less potty humor.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Carolla’s story?

    Nasty topics. Shit head, shit bucket, peeing on each other.


    What aspect of Adam Carolla’s performance would you have changed?

    Whispered under his breath, couldn't hear the whispered punchline.


    What character would you cut from Not Taco Bell Material?

    Ray


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 06-13-12
    Ron Basehor, KS, United States 06-13-12
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    "Must have for any Adam Carolla Fan!"

    This book contains a collection of stories from Adams life. I liked how he used the places he was living as a timeline and a gauge of how well or bad he was doing at the time. If you are a long time listener (meaning you have listened for hundreds if not thousands of hours) to Adam you might of heard some of these stories before. But the great thing about the book is its all laid out for you in an easy to follow way.

    So if you are an Adam Carolla Fan what are you waiting for, Let's keep this Pirate Ship a float!

    Get it ON, No choice but to get it ON, Mandate get it ON!

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    robb Palm Coast, FL, United States 06-12-12
    robb Palm Coast, FL, United States 06-12-12
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    "MANDATE! GET IT ON"
    What made the experience of listening to Not Taco Bell Material the most enjoyable?

    Adam himself, if you like the ACE Broadcasting network or are a fan of laughing, this book is for you!


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

    All of it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book


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

    The way Adam gauged the elderly (fans of the Ace Broadcasting Network will get this)


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Adam continues to make books and audiobooks... His audiobook is full of great riffs and punchlines as well as compelling stories... GET IT ON!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Sunny Seattle 06-12-12
    Sunny Seattle 06-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Polished Carolla"

    Loved it???.. totally worth spending a credit, very fun to hear these stories told by the author. Each chapter is filled with fun and impressive stories backed up with thoughtful life lessons. This book should be considered therapy for both Carolla and the reader. I kind of hate his mom after hearing some of the crappy things she put him through.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel SOUTH EL MONTE, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Daniel SOUTH EL MONTE, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you listen to Not Taco Bell Material again? Why?

    Probably not, considering that I only listen/read a book once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gives the reader the knowledge as to why Adam Carolla is who he is today.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His childhood


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

    Yes! Adam delivers as always


    Any additional comments?

    I was saddened to find out that Adam choose to exclude certain chapters/stories of the book. Constantly reminding the reader that if they wanted to find out, to buy the book by claiming that he was pushing the 8 hour mark; when there are books that are well over the 20 hour mark!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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