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George Carlin Reads to You Audiobook

George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

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Publisher's Summary

If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. It's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits. The set includes:

Brain Droppings
Acerbic observations, manic musings, in-your-face questions, witty word play, and more "droppings" from Carlin's singular brain. "I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed." "Why are there no recreational drugs taken in suppository form?" The first Carlin book on audio and a 2001 Grammy winner.

Napalm & Silly Putty
Carlin invents Past-Tense TV (Got Smart, Father Knew Best, It Was Left to Beaver); crusades for the Center for Research into the Heebie Jeebies; founds the George Carlin Book Club (recommended reading: Fill Your Life with Croutons); and suggests that "If the shoe fits, get another just like it." A 2002 Grammy winner.

More Napalm & Silly Putty
Everything that wouldn't fit on the first Napalm recording - like "A Day in the Life of Henry VIII", "Sports Should Be Fixed", compelling confessions ("I couldn't commit suicide if my life depended on it"), and candid takes on life's little moments ("I'm beyond the nice day"), all delivered with wicked glee.

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    K.R. San Diego 02-13-15
    K.R. San Diego 02-13-15

    Jojo

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    "Not as funny as I remembered him"
    Would you try another book from George Carlin and/or George Carlin?

    No


    What was most disappointing about George Carlin’s story?

    Most humor doesn't age well. He comes across as grumpy and random, not as witty as I remembered him from years ago. George was radical and amazing in the 70s and 80s but listening to him rant is sort of like listening to disco music - you understand why people liked it at the time and also why no one listens to it anymore.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Regret at having bought it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 01-16-15
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 01-16-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Some brilliant moments, but many bad ones..."

    I wasn't all that familiar with George Carlin before this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect, and I certainly wasn't let down by high expectations. In the end, I didn't find this work all that funny or engaging. There were some very funny and pertinent commentaries that showed a clever brain behind the man, but the in-your-face blustering wore me down.

    It was well read by the author, but his voice enhanced the feeling I had that Mr. Carlin is a curmudgeon. I'm not sure this is a person I'd want to meet in person.

    So, if you like Howard Stern or similar comedians, then you may like this book. For me, I'm just glad I got it on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 11-26-14
    Doug Columbus, NC, United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2015

    Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.

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    "A real bummer...."

    Pessimistic, negative, not funny, vulgar, and not entertaining. Need I say more? I was looking for laughs, for humor....did not find any.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandria New York 07-02-14
    Alexandria New York 07-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Alexandria

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    "Ebb and flow, up and down"

    This is audiobook made me laugh hysterically for a few bits, then bored me to tears for a few bits. But in the end, I really only remember laughing. George Carlin read to me before bed every night for about two weeks, and his extremely enthusiastic (if I can use that word) narration held me rapt, even while listening to long lists of oxymorons and Carlin's pet peeves for minutes at a time (some of them were quite witty).

    George Carlin reading to me was a nice change of pace.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte 12-13-13
    Charlotte 12-13-13
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    "Hilarious!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I and all my friends miss George Carlin big time. He was so funny!


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

    Laughed until I cried.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14
    Kevin Winter Garden, FL, USA 09-09-14 Member Since 2007

    Do not Follow Me. Learn to lead.

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    "George I Love Ya But..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Georgeorgeorge orgeorge if you know Carlin you know the joke.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was an education in what almost works.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Stop reading and do the show.


    Did George Carlin Reads to You inspire you to do anything?

    yes! Avoid my cousin.


    Any additional comments?

    George has some great stuff he uses in his shows. I mean rolling on the floor FUNNY. This is 7 hours of the other stuff. It's like going on a road trip with that cousin that was funny at the wedding reception last year, but now you're stuck in the car with him for SEVEN F'N HOURS.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 12-01-14
    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 12-01-14 Member Since 2011

    Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.

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    "Not as funny as I expected"

    George Carlin is a master of stand up comedy. This, however is a book READ by Carlin, and he does not seem to be a good book writer. I listened to about 20% of the audiobook and skipped ahead to other chapters and did not find a single funny bit. It feels like a written rant about life. Buy a Carlin DVD instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Yarmouth, ME, United States 07-17-13
    Katherine Yarmouth, ME, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Carlin--but didn't enjoy the book"

    I was disappointed--I love George Carlin comedy but this book just t didn't keep me engaged.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancois Birmingham, AL 09-22-16
    Nancois Birmingham, AL 09-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I've always been a Carlin fan"

    But this book, without the context of him live with an audience is an affront. He comes across as a cranky, foul-mouthed man totally unhappy with the world. I couldn't listen to it all. I actually found it strangely upsetting. Go figure.

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    FalchionM 09-21-16
    FalchionM 09-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "In his own words."

    George Carlin is precise in his style of comedy, but lays broadsides to the modern world. He brings to light technicalities of turns of phrase that people tend to accept & questions why. A short answer would be that most people are either lazy or idiots, conditions that can be avoided with work. But not to blindly work for "The Man" either. But to be conscious of what you want to do & doing it because you want to want to do it, not because you were told.

    A place for your stuff & the "George Carlin Book Club" are two of my favorite bits & are included in the recording. I appreciate the way Carlin follows the logic of reality until it becomes absurdity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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