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:
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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No surprises in Carlin's own reading of his classic late career book releases. In this narrative, you get precisely what you expect. Social observer, hilariously literal etymologist and patron saint of the realists, this listen was worth it to fill the time on my drives to and from work.
It was interesting - and slightly frightening - to hear how much of his material is relevant, evocative and poignant even four years after his death. The book earned three stars for story only because this book is a stand-up routine and not a story.
I enjoyed it but would not recommend this if you are offended by profanity. Nice addition to the audio library for one credit.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
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.
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!!
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.
This guy used to be funny. This is just hateful ranting by a very vulgar and troubled mind. According to him if you are not from the worst parts of New York you are stupid sheep, but if you are mean and hateful and sinful you are hip and cool like him. What a shame, everybody is stupid but him. Everything good is bad and everything bad is good.
Say something about yourself!
love the guy, book was the material they rejected for his farewell tour. word count again: djdj djd djdj djdf ir
As a George Carlin fan, I was happy to see several of his collections in this book. If you are not familiar with his material, let me just say that his stuff is not for those who are easily offended. I love his common sense and in your face approach to things - he certainly is not one who minced words. I listened to this while I was at the gym, and there were many times I am sure I got some strange looks when I started laughing. He is a superb narrator; I love his vocal inflections when he is delivering his material and nobody else can do it quite like he can!
I've been a George Carlin fan since my teens and have enjoyed both his stand up and his occasional movie appearances (especially with Keanu Reaves). This book is classic Carlin, but it reminded me that too much of a good thing is, well, sometimes too much. Listen in small doses and it's brilliant. Go for a half an hour, and it's ok. Go for an hour, and the pieces of the book(s) which are dated really become obvious and annoying, and his with is less effective.
The best part of the book, though, is George's narration--given the way he wrote, it is hard to imagine anyone else doing an even adequate job. I would buy this book again, but I'd be a little hesitant to recommend it to a friend--too many other good things out there.
I really thought I would like this. I have seen bits and pieces of Carlin's stand-up routine over the years and I thought he was smart and kind of funny. But as this book went on I just found myself more and more annoyed by him. I wish the last part had been at the beginning because then I could have saved myself the time and aggravation. Carlin's big finish was about how rape jokes CAN be funny and then he set out to try to prove it. He was wrong.
Prefer to listen while performing menial tasks. Makes the dishes DRAMATIC!
Having someone complain at you sound like a good way to spend an afternoon? Purchase this!
Unfunny, unwitty, unwanted. I expected much more from the brain behind the "words you cannot say on television" creator, who used to be such a unique voice.
This book was really quite terrible. Way to much cursing
He dropped the f bomb to many times
It had some funny moments
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