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)
this is a book I shoudl have bought and left on my toilet for guests, not to listen to. Though it is cool to hear Carlin read it.
Is George really off drugs? I had to wonder. I found this book to be occasionally funny, extremely negative, and mostly depressing. Have your valium handy or listen in small doses. I chose to put it down after a couple of hours.
Early on, he was funny---riotous even with his Wonderful WINO schtick. Then came the HBO contract---at times brilliant, always thought-provoking; but this book is trash. I guess it's hard to be funny and pertinent for about 7 hours. It is for him anyway.
I have always enjoyed George Carlin's humor, and I'm not particularly concerned about his language. I did find myself wondering how Carlin has transformed from a very intelligent, very funny comedian to a grouchy old man whose complaints sometimes made me uncomfortable. There are still some pearls here; the part about UFO believers versus religious folks is first class, and I found myself (somewhat un-PC, I know) very entertained by his tirade about the handicapped. But much of the material was simply curmudgeonly without being particularly funny. I felt disappointed and almost embarrassed for the once-brilliant author.
I think George Carlin had an excellent take on the English language. But what has happened to comedy over the past several decades? Long gone are the George Burns, the Bob Hopes, and the Johnny Carsons who were very funny without foul language. Very disappointing!
very funny stuff, but I had a hard time getting past the extreme use of the "f" word. I should expect this from George. Don't get this if you are easily offened. On the ohter hand, maybe you should, this will give you something to be indignant about.
I enjoy Carlin's anti-establishment, anti-religion rants, but he is at his best as a stand-up comic and should probably leave writing to others.
Expecting irreverent humor I continued to listen, hoping the book would get better? but it never did.
The cussing doesn't offend me but it comes across as a desperate attempt to shock people and possibly distract from the fact that the material just isn?t funny.
George Carlin has degenerated into bitterness and hatred of nearly everything.
He appears to hold the entire world in contempt and just wants a platform for a diatribe on his disgust with the human race.
Very disappointing and sad.
A 15 minute abridged version would give you all of the worthwhile content of this "book". I suffered though the 7 hours of crap hoping for more..it wasn't there. Save yourself alot of time and find something else.
In this age of religious tension, does this man not understand that a lot of people (including me) take the Christian faith very seriously. This "comedian" should quit stirring the hate filled waters of intolerance!
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