Audie Award Nominee, Humor, 2013
"Human beings fear the unknown. So, whatever's freaking you out, grab it by the balls and say hello. Then it ain't the unknown anymore and it ain't scary. Or I guess it could be a shitload scarier."
Fans of the number-one best seller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel f**king universe."
But eventually he gives Justin some advice: that he should think back over everything he's learned in life about women, relationships, and himself before making his decision. And that's just what Justin doesrevisiting everything from his disastrous childhood crushes to the night he finally lost his virginity while working as a dishwasher at Hooters.
Full of his dad's patented brand of wisdom, it's also full of new characters just as funnyfrom his brother, who provides insights into wedding night rituals, to his first boss, who warns Justin to man up: "That's what a man does. He takes his shots and then he scrubs the shit out of some dishes." The result is a pilgrim's progress through the landscape of sex and loveby one of the funniest writers at work today.
©2012 Justin Halpern (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers
Ok. I don't think I've ever given a bad review Sh*t My Dad Says was very good. It is better than this book in every conceivable way. The story was good, it was funny, the narrator was good. None of which is true for this book. I literally struggled through 30 minutes of it before I simply could not take anymore of it.
Halpern has a lot of potential. I expected a lot more which is probably why I was so disappointed.
Performance between the two characters created a very annoying contrast. The dad sounded like something in between a baboon and a character on the Muppets. Well not in between... 85% Muppet. Gruff, non realistic, voice. Just awful and annoying. Nobody talks like that and I could not relate to the characters at all.
the entire book and pick a different narrator.
If you are looking for a better pick check out anything by Mike Birbiglia. Same space, better writing and hilarious.
A better narrator
I really enjoyed the story much more than I enjoyed the narration. The father's voice was so irritating to me. It was so overly exaggerated and sort of belittling. It makes him sound like some low end thug when really he was a brilliantly sarcasti doctor of nuclear medicine. I know it's a personal opinion, but I could not stand the narration of the father. I should have read the book so I could enjoy the stories.
I realize the father is supposed to be the highlight, but I found the way Justin told the story and his own additions to be funnier than the quotes from the father.
The narration is great, except for his "girl voices." These made me cringe. I would have rather he just read the female parts in his own voice, rather than sounding like a man doing a church-lady voice. It was awkward and I thought really took away from those moments.
So freakin hilarious!
Only his other book "sh*t my dad says".
The voices are great. They add to the humor of the book.
Warning: Sporadic uncontrollable laughter may occur. A lot
I need more Justin Halpern books. It's hard to find a truly funny book, perfectly paired with a hilarious narrator.
No. I just didnt find it interesting. The narrator was fine and I cant say I was bored to death, but it just didnt seem like anything in there was really worthy of a book.
I Suck at Girls had great moments but it wasn't the laugh out loud, side hurting entertainment that the first book was. I thought the narration was perfect.
Huge fan of the Sh*t My Dad Says blog, and even read the first book. There was BARELY enough interesting content for one book; nowhere near enough for two.
Was a pretty funny book, made me laugh out loud at moments. Good narration too.
Just simple little stories, but told with hilarious insights gained thru the years.
Obviously Sh*t my dad says. I wouldn't compare to David Sedaris, though I can see why people do, it's a different style.
The dad! But also the friend from little league. OMG that part had my husband and I laughing so hard we nearly crashed the car.
This is a very good followup. So often the sophomore effort is weak but i liked this book also. A pretty quick listen but the length was just right.
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