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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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    Mark Spokane, WA, United States 03-21-14
    Mark Spokane, WA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Pure Carlin. Yet, overwhelmingly crude and crass"

    Funny in parts, clever in parts, and all that. But, I've never heard such a compact use of profanity. I would NOT want to be locked up in a prison cell with Carlin. (Yes, I know he's dead.) The language is far over-the-top for me. Got tired of it.

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    mad 03-02-14
    mad 03-02-14
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    "Carlin is Carlin"
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    Sometimes you just have to laugh out loud. Sometimes you just have to fast forward. You know that going into the audible. His read is as his live stand-up is: Carlin. Simply that - Carlin ..

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    Tim 02-13-14
    Tim 02-13-14

    Love Audibles. Read all I can.

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    "Comedian turned curmudgeonly snob"
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    Carlin is one of my favorite comedians. His airline flight attendant skit (not in this book) is one of favorites of any comedian. In this book when in the middle of his stories, I laughed. But the introduction, a slow crawl of his snobby pet peeves turned me off, and I never recovered.

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    joyce 02-02-14
    joyce 02-02-14

    Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.

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    "sad! I couldn't listen to the end"

    I have loved George Carlin since we were both young. He was wacky, so inventive, so wildly irreverent and obscene. His monologue on war probably killed some people, because it left (still leaves) me limp and gasping for air from laughing too hard. He performed almost up to the time of his death from cancer, and he seemed haggard and frail, and I can easily believe that he might have been angry or bitter about it. But this collection of essays is so nasty I could not listen to the whole book. Although just hearing Carlin's voice can make me ready to laugh, these essays are just ugly. Ruthless insults, unjustifiable hostility and rancor towards people who are absent-minded, or maybe not as cool as he is, or who dare to bring kids into his general area. Very sad!! It really made me sad. Rest in peace, George.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Busch 02-01-14

    Old Fart 1960 (some day....)

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    "You have to love George to enjoy this audiobook"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. The material is old and dated. And his delivery is not like hearing him live in concert. It was totally boring and tiresome for me to listen to any more of it. I couldn't get past the first 60 minutes.


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

    Since George claims not to give a fig about the human race, his readings and thoughts now make total sense.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    George tried too hard to sound like his old self but just doesn't come across as a comedian.


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

    Nope, just tell people not to buy this audiobook.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    patti FALMOUTH, MA, United States 02-01-14
    patti FALMOUTH, MA, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Disappointing"
    What disappointed you about George Carlin Reads to You?

    I remember thinking Geopge Carlin was funny when I was younger. Maybe it's just outdated humor, but I didn't find it that amusing. I didn't get past the first 20 minutes of the book before turning it off, maybe it gets better. This is only the second time I have not finished an audible listen........


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy 12-30-13
    Kathy 12-30-13

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Olean, NY, United States 12-27-13
    Kelly Olean, NY, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2007

    I love to read... love to listen while I walk my dog, Sally Jo.

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    "Classic Carlin."

    Things that make you go hmmmm. Had to listen, enjoyed his stories but stopped after too much swearing and dirty talk. I am no prude, just hate to hear such things over and over and over again. Listen, you will enjoy it but be warned.

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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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