Ranging from his absurdist side (Message from a Cockroach; TV News: The Death of Humpty Dumpty; Tips for Serial Killers) to his unerring ear for American speech (Politician Talk; Societal Cliches; 13 Sections of Euphemisms) to his unsparing views on America and its values (War, God, Stuff Like That; Zero Tolerance; Tired of the Handi-crap), Carlin's legendary irreverence and iconoclasm are on full display as he vainly scours the American landscape for signs of intelligence.
He also has a silly side:
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"There's no better way to enjoy one of Carlin's books than to hear him read it himself....Carlin has his comic timing down pat. His energetic reading is punctuated by conversational bits and enhanced by his deft vocal variation, making listeners feel as if they've got a front-row seat at one of his comedy shows." (Publishers Weekly)
Fortunately Mr. Carlin is not running for President, as his perspective is way out of the "mainstream". His cynacism and his almost God-less agnosticism combined with a carefully delivered, gratuitous raunch, can be a challenge to the most open minded of God fearing folks. However, brandishing a super-sharp intellect, and a subtle but real concern for the well being of humanity, George presents insightful alternative points of view, the consideration of which is immensely rewarded with continuous, uncontrolled bouts of liberating laughter.
I've loved George Carlin. And I identify with many of his views on life. But his latest book is missing the most important ingredient of the ones I've loved in the past; humor. This book (and I confess I could not finish it) is just not funny. I wanted it to be. I expected it to be. It wasn't.
I listened beyond my normal tolerance hoping for a major turn, but after I had dutifully hung on for nearly 75%, I put myself out of my misery and turned my iPod back to something funnier; the presidential debates.
Carlin at his best, but if you already have "George Carlin Reads To You" you've already heard all the best bits. If you are trying to choose between the two, get this one, but if you have one, you don't need the other.
this book is a bunch of b-side one liners and throw away skits. the piano snippets between each track were horrible, corny and prompted to roll my eyes every time.
In the age of 'Idiocracy' being very much real and pervasive, the absence of Carlin's linguistic wizardry is sorely missing. In his final few years before dying George would tell anyone who interviewed him how "this country is through" in regards to the U.S. body politic and its disastrous effect on the people. If only George would have lived long enough to see his NY state stablemate Donald Trump became the GOP presidential nominee. The simplicity with which George would have decimated the bombastic real estate mogul would have been a thing of beauty.
This book — When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops — positively showcases Georges verbal mastery and ability to see stuff that the common man misses and break it down in the simplest terms. Indeed, his ability to see the fine details in a world of clutter and explain the madness of it all is a thing of art. This audiobook is narrated by George himself, and is one which I highly recommended. The sardonic wit of Carlin is on full display as the legendary comedian is at his very best in an audiobook that you can get through in an afternoon. It will make you think while you listen and certainly make you laugh while doing so.
George Carlin is one of my heroes. This is mostly about politically correct speech and euphemisms. But it's not funny unless you realize that Carlin has complete contempt for the publisher, the listener, and society at large. It's a big middle finger to whoever insisted he was contracted to write a book. And that's why I love it. By no means Carlin's best, in fact it's kind of over-the-top unfunny. But my theory is that that was his intention. So, keeping that in mind (and I concede I could be wrong), you'll enjoy it more.
Listening to this book makes me wonder what he would have to say about the headlines these days and the up coming election.
George Carlin always had a unique view of things. A different perspective if you will. Often makes me think of things from a different angle. and quite often just pane makes me laugh. I'm sad that he's gone so there's no new views from him. But happy to have audible in his voice. This was a good listen.
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