After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him:
“That woman was sexy...Out of your league? Son, let women figure out why they won’t screw you. Don’t do it for them.”
“Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking.”
“The worst thing you can be is a liar...Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but then number two is liar. Nazi one, liar two.”
More than a million people now follow Mr. Halpern’s philosophical musings on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his quotes.
An all-American story that unfolds on the Little League field, in Denny’s, during excruciating family road trips, and, most frequently, in the Halperns’ kitchen over bowls of Grape-Nuts, Sh-t My Dad Says is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.
©2010 Justin Halpern (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
“If you’re wondering if there is a real man behind the quotes on Twitter, the answer is a definite and laugh-out-loud yes.” (Christian Lander, New York Times best-selling author of Stuff White People Like)
Sean Schemmel does his best to bring this book to life. The father's voice is especially well done—a combination of Ed Asner and John Mahoney (Martin Crane on Fraiser). However, the content fails to capture the reader's heart. The father is quite a character, but lacks endearing qualities. He is borderline abusive to his son, and the reader is expected to accept him as merely eccentric. Justin Halpern had no choice but to live with this guy, but what is the mother's excuse. She tolerates her husband's constant bitching when she should be out looking for a good divorce lawyer. Sorry, Justin. This memoir is just one big pile of s***.
This book had it's funny moments...just too random for me. There was not enough character development. Ultimate question: Did the dad love his current wife? How much of the **** did the son take to heart? How did he apply these things to his life or did he?
I laughed out loud during many parts of this book. I know the people in the cars around thought I must have been loony.
I don't know if it's just me but I didn't find the book that all entertaining. Also, profane language doesn't bother me in the least but the overuse of the F word seemed diminish the humor behind it all as the book went along. Yes, I realize that's probably the way his father really spoke.
I stopped listening after one hour. But hey, maybe someone else might enjoy it.
I enjoyed the witticisms of Justin Halpern's father, and overall it is a nice story. The narrator decided to use voices for each character which is alright at first to distinguish when the father and son are talking but then goes too far. He starts using voices for children and later a female character and is just ridiculous and it becomes just disruptive to the story.
This was a wonderful book. I laughed through almost all of it. Between the amusing rants of "Dad" is a heartfelt testiment to the challenges and joys of parenting. Most listeners will recognize a little bit of their own childhood experiences in the various stories. I highly recommend this audiobook.
If you have a good sense of humor and appreciate quirky insights, you will certainly love this book. I haven't laughed this hard for years!
Sean Schemmel does a great job switching between the voices of the narrator (the persona of the author Justin) and his irreverent but wise father. After hearing Schemmel, I've been recommending the audible version over the written one (which I haven't seen). Repetitive profane language can quickly become tiresome, but Schemmel's spirited reading gives life to Dr. Halpern's emphatic emotions & ideas. The structure - anecdotes alternating with series of short adages - works. Despite the description of some personally embarrassing situations, I plan to recommend this to my own adult children who are now fathers of sons.
This is a funny book to listen to bits and pieces of, but it doesn't actually form a complete story--which I consider to be the most fulfilling comedy to listen to or read.
If it were a physical book rather than an audio, it's the type you'd check out from the lib. or read and then give away or sell, rather than buy a new copy (or use a monthly credit.)
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