In 1993 George Carlin asked his friend and best-selling author Tony Hendra to help him write his autobiography. For almost 15 years, in scores of conversations, many of them recorded, the two discussed Carlin's life, times, and evolution as a major artist. When Carlin died at age 71 in June 2008 with the book still unpublished, Hendra set out to assemble it as his friend would have wanted. Last Words is the result, the rollicking, wrenching story of Carlin's life from birth - literally - to his final years, as well as a parting gift of laughter to the world of comedy he helped create.
George Carlin's journey to stardom began in the rough-and-tumble neighborhood of New York's Upper West Side in the 1940s, where class and culture wars planted the seeds for some of his best-known material, including the notorious "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television".
His early conflicts, his long struggle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and his triumphs over catastrophic setbacks all fueled the unique comedic worldview he brought to the stage. From the heights of stardom to the low points few knew about, Last Words is told with the same razor-sharp honesty that made Carlin one of the best loved comedians in American history.
©2009 George's Stuff; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
An avid reader, who also loves to listen.
Carlin might be gone but his work will be live on forever. A comic genius, an incredible writer and one of the greatest thinkers this world has ever known. Some people believe in God, I believe in George!!! As for this work, his last, it is truly touching and having his brother as the narrator gives the listener almost a surreal feel that George himself, came back to life, to be the narrator. A great piece of work and a real fun listen. Even in death, Carlin once again proves that he's still the best.
It was interesting and informative, although not as funny as I was expecting. It really gave a clear picture about where George Carlin came from and what his life was all about, mostly in his own words.
George Carlin was a national treasure and this book does a great job of putting his life in perspective. Even if you thought you knew everything there was to know about George Carlin, your understanding expands when you get to know the inner thoughts behind his public and private life.
His brother Patrick does an outstanding job with the narration largely because he shares a lot of George's phrasing and inflection.
This is narrated by Patrick Carlin, who is a good performer, but not as good as George. Since I wanted to hear more from George and not really about George, I was disappointed. So the book is great and performance is amazing, but this may not be for you if you came to listen more of George's humor and wisdom.
Christian Colburn West Chester, PA
Right from the horses mouth, all about his life. His brother did a respectable job as a reader, and the book takes you through the life of Carlin that we knew, as well as what we didn't really know (his personal struggles). All in all, well worth the money.
Guess who...George Carlin
Patrick sounds just enough like his brother that every now and again you forgot you weren't actually listening to George.
The end, realizing there was more work to be done from a life that was cut short.
I miss George, we was the first comedian I discovered when I was about 13 years old, and shaped my life. A true original.
Not likely since he's dead
Interesting to find out more about the comedy of the funnyman.
Having his brother reading with that voice sounding so much like his brother it really made it seem like he was telling the stories.
Enjoyed, but a little disturbing hearing the oddities of a man's life.
Tony Hendra is a magical author.. look for his other books especially "Father Joe"..
So Carlin devoted to the art up to and after death leaves us this material. I still feel sad when I think that this genius is gone , Zappa too. Leaving us to survive without a sidebar or a punchline or a riff. If you don't know the genius of G. Carlin you should read his other books first, putting each book in as complete a historical venue as you can. His work was contemporary but you have to know what the time was he worked in.. Really this could be a college course in literature, "Time dependent humor". If he was joking about Nixon and you don't know who Nixon was historically then you won't understand the humor/comentary. This book is after he died.. Sorry I gave away the plot but you have to see this book as the snow on top of the mountain. A mountain of work left by Carlin, a sidebar to our history.
different reader might help. it may be the way Carlin sounded, but it became painful to listen to.
his voice became difficult to listen to. so harsh.
the end should come sooner.
Takes a while to get used to the narrator, and I was looking for a Carlin monologue. A good story and listen, but know what you're getting.
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