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

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

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. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.
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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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    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 01-03-14
    Steve SUNRISE, FL, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Some comedy ages poorly"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    At first I wrote "no" in this box, but after further consideration; I thought that it would be nice to have a toned down version that family could listen to without the colorful language.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George Carlin again?

    Probably not. This was plenty of Carlin to last me a lifetime. The bitching and moaning really tired me out. Listening to extensive foul language was boring. I was in the U.S. Navy and heard it all before but this was too infused with stuff I didn't care to hear, repeatedly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When it was over.


    Do you think George Carlin Reads to You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He covered enough topics. I think he is dead.


    Any additional comments?

    Some things should be left to memories of youth.

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    Kathy AMARILLO, TX, United States 12-30-13
    Kathy AMARILLO, TX, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011

    I really like thrillers. My favorite type of movie or book is one that has a unique perspective instead of a different version of the same story repeated by many different writers throughout the years. Many books are fine for a one-time listen, but to find one that's good enough to listen to again and again is a rare find indeed!!

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    "I Should Have Known"

    I should have known, and in a way I did, that this would be the raunchiest book I'd ever listened to or read in my life.

    Yet, it was George Carlin who is known to use a certain classification of words, but he's usually either funny or thought-provoking or both. I read or skimmed over the various reviews. Most of the reviews were positive so I took a chance.

    I expected certain words to be used often, but I also expected humor and intelligence. Instead I heard horrible words -- not the ones I was expecting, although I heard those as well -- that were used to no positive purpose at all. It's one thing to use a "bad" word now and again. It's another thing to use certain "bad" words almost all the time. However it's a completely different and insufferable ignorance to use those words over and over for shock value rather than to drive a point across in order to get people to think about the absurdities of life, what we're allowing the POWERS THAT BE do to us and to our planet, etc.

    If George had only used the words I thought he would use, along with his intellect, which I know he had, and along with his talent for humor, I would probably have liked the book. I was unable to make it past ten minutes or so. It was downright nasty. No humor. No intelligence. Dirty words which served no purpose at all except to distract me and make me cringe.

    It reminded me of a little boy who suddenly discovers various words for body parts and bodily functions that, when used at the right time, will shock his parents. I guess George never grew up.

    What a waste of his talents.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 12-22-13
    Nathan KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 12-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Maybe it's funny if you're stoned?"
    Would you try another book from George Carlin and/or George Carlin?

    No, this was awful. The jokes were dumb. I can't believe nobody told Carlin how unfunny this was.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-25-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "What can you say. The man'swas a genius."
    Would you listen to George Carlin Reads to You again? Why?

    Yes, he always had a vibrant and fresh take on things. he did seem to be a bit bitter near the end, but his humor more than compensated for it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of George Carlin Reads to You?

    Just listening to the stories. he was an artist at manipulating the English language to effect.


    What about George Carlin’s performance did you like?

    Everything.


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

    You'll laugh a lot during this book.


    Any additional comments?

    George Carlin was one of the greatest in stand-up comedy. you can't go wrong with this one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JA Wheeler Indianapolis, IN, United States 08-29-13
    JA Wheeler Indianapolis, IN, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Just Not What I Expected"
    Would you try another book from George Carlin and/or George Carlin?

    Probably not. I found his reading not to come across as well as when he did his stand up. It's missing something.


    What could George Carlin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe have had this as an audio format using clips of his stand up and not a book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really hoping for a book to make me laugh and Carlin was able to do that. I found that the audio reading of the book just didn't come across as his stand up did. I am glad that I can return this one. It was just not what I was hoping for.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth P. Wisconsin 07-30-13
    Beth P. Wisconsin 07-30-13 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "You just know it"
    What made the experience of listening to George Carlin Reads to You the most enjoyable?

    It's George Carlin. Reading his material. Too me. It was all enjoyable.


    What does George Carlin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like no one who buys this book will be unhappy with this book. It is exactly as it says, George Carlin Reads to You. If you don't like his voice or his material, don't buy this. If you do, there is no reason to not buy this. One could say, "its just him performing his material, you get that with any of his CDs." The difference is that this is a reading of a transcribed book. Which means none of the jokes require the element of sight. My only complaint with comedy CDs is that you can't see them, and there are always periods of awkward silence and the laughter of the audience who can see the comic. This eliminates that element and is, therefore, superior to any of his studio CDs.

    1 of 2 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 2005
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle parma, OH, United States 06-04-13
    Michelle parma, OH, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Non Stop Rants We've All Heard Before"
    What disappointed you about George Carlin Reads to You?

    I hoped to hear something I hadn't heard in his stand up - however these blurbs came off as parts of his stand up recorded and labeled as an audiobook. Every HBO special he ever had was in here. I could have watched the stand up and at least have had the joy of seeing his facial expressions as he ranted.


    What could George Carlin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written something original. So sad to not have anything new here. On the bright side, I now know not to purchase the audiobooks from which the material was selected - as I realize those are just material from his standup act.


    Have you listened to any of George Carlin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I ordered this and the when will someone bring the porkchops book at the same time. Burned twice in one order.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from George Carlin Reads to You?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't recommend using your credit on this unless you love his stand up so much you don't mind hearing it repeated, or you've never heard his stand up at all and want to hear something funny. If I hadn't seen all of his standup specials I would have enjoyed this. Since I have, I just feel burned.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Celina, Ohio, United States 05-25-13
    John Celina, Ohio, United States 05-25-13 Member Since 2009

    Eclectic professional

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    "Even dead George is still relevant"
    Would you listen to George Carlin Reads to You again? Why?

    You can relate many of Georges rants from the past to today's current topics


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No I don't think you could make a film about this unless it was with George talking to himself after his death.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 05-01-13
    Amanda United States 05-01-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "funny and insightful"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    some of the jokes drag on


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

    faster transitions from slow stories


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    i liked that the author read it


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

    nothing positive or productive to better society


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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