The worldwide Twitter sensation: a brilliant new comic voice, and a 100% real father-son relationship that makes Steptoe and Son look healthy....
'At 28 years old, I found myself living at home, with my 73-year-old father. As a child, my father never minced words, and when I screwed up, he had a way of cutting right through the bullshit and pointing out exactly why I was being an idiot. When I moved back in I was still, for the most part, an idiot. But this time, I was smart enough to write down all the things he said to me….'
Meet Justin Halpern and his dad. Almost one million people follow Mr Halpern’s philosophical musings every day on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his sayings. What emerges is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father and son relationship from a major new comic voice. As Justin says at one point, his dad is ‘like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair’; and 'this is the sort of shit he says':
©2010 Justin Halpern (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers US
Everything! The stories from Justin's childhood feel real and are written to just the right length and detail to allow the reader to immerse themselves in his world for those hilarious moments. The narrator was excellent. His voice for Justin's father really brought across the no-nonsense and manly yet funny character that was his dad.
It was a great performance. His voicing if a young Justin and his dad, as well as other characters were very convincing and made the audiobook so funny!
There were many. I especially found the part where Justin's dad is coaching baseball a more 'serious' and nurturing insight into his father - someone who seemed to believe in a fair go for all in children's sports, loved baseball, and thought that all the children regardless of their ability should have the right to play baseball.
"Love this - listened twice"
Fabulous story, well read by the narrator, listened to it twice now. well done !
"Goodness me I did laugh!"
I don't think it matters if you listen to or read this book, regardless you will hear your own father in there somewhere!
A very funny listen.
"Sxxt my Dad says"
This is a funny book. You'll quote bits to your family, even the cringeworthy bits and especially to my teenage son.
"Genuine laugh out loud book."
I ordered this on a whim, and have listened to it 3 times. The laughs keep coming and the genuine affection that the two main 'characters' have for one another really comes across. Hilariously funny and warm, I'm pretty sure I will return to this book time and time again.
This book really is laugh out loud funny..I love it and have listened to it over and over whenever i need a laugh..
This is a very funny if short book. The only problem I had is with the readers interpretation of the dad voice seeing as he is from Kentucky why does he sound like an very aggressive Brooklyn cabbie ?
This is such a great book. It will have you laughing out loud I guarantee you. I've listened to this twice now and will no doubt listen again on a rainy day. Mr Halpern is such a great character! His wisdom knows no bounds!!!!
"Taking notes for future fatherhood...."
I really enjoyed this book, had me laughing out loud on the ride into work. Brilliantly narrated and left me with little soundbites I'm dying to fit into conversation...
'My Dad's opinion on my swimming technique...
'You look like a slow kid trying to smack ants''
Quite un-PC, quite a gruff character, but one who's words and actions are underpinned with unquestioning love for his son.
This book was not only really very funny at times, smacking of anyone's parents or grandparents and the general hilarious nonsense they delight in imparting in the name of wisdom, it was also a touching autobiography.
The relationship between Justin and his Dad is obviously a loving one, and a lot of the comedy is created through his Dad's attempts to educate or support Justin, whether it be an ill-advised spell as a little league coach or a sex-ed conversation gone wrong in front of a bunch of hungover jocks in the local Dennys. In between the often even unbelievable things that Justin's Dad says, which will not fail to raise a smile, there are things that he says which also strike a chord. Especially touching is the love for his wife and children that comes across so strongly despite his cantankerous and short-tempered outbursts that made his fame.
You should have a listen to this, it's good.
I can't say I laughed out loud once, indeed I found it staggeringly unfunny given the rave reviews. I spent most of my time checking the iTouch to see how much more I needed to endure.
The occasional smile but 90% of 'What his dad says' is stuff every dad says, but every pearl of wisdom will include 1 or more of 4 phrases. The F work, the S word from the title or 'God Dammit' and 'Jesus Christ Son' all of them were shouted very loudly to the point of annoyance. A classic commedian's sign they don't have confidence in their material.
I guess if your father was using the F word to talk to you at 6 years old then anything in life will appear humerous. It's only audible's policy of bad language that leaves me short of what I'd really like to say.
If you like listening to people repeatedly shout loud profanities and think that's what passes for humour nowadays then go ahead and lap it up. Millions of Twitter fans? Really?!
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