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Dad Is Fat | [Jim Gaffigan]

Dad Is Fat

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").
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In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor"). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

©2013 Jim Gaffigan (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Sean Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-17-13
    Sean Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dad Is Fat to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Gaffigan edits a lot of the passages to be unique to the audio book, and his voices are a big part of his standup routine. I would have been reading in his voice anyway, so why not cut out the middleman?


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Gaffigan before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to a book, but I've listened to his stand-up. This sounds a lot like his stand-up, but at times, it's pretty obvious that he's trying to read word-for-word.


    What about Jim Gaffigan’s performance did you like?

    His voices and his audiobook-only quips.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's almost 6 hours long. I've got things to do.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is really great, but I feel like there are a couple of things Gaffigan fans should know before they start listening/reading:

    1 - This is a book about being a dad. I know that seems obvious, but if you aren't a dad, or aren't thinking of becoming a dad, then you might not really like this book. If you're a college kid that likes jokes about Hot Pockets, you might be able to skip this one. There are a few chuckles in here, but you won't identify with them.

    2 - There's a rhythm to this book that is a little jarring in an audiobook format. Each chapter ends with a joke, which is usually a callback from earlier in the chapter - and then the next chapter just starts. The chapters are very short, and the result is a very jarring transition between chapters. There were times when I would look up to read a street sign, and all of a sudden, Jim Gaffigan was talking about something completely different, and I barely had time to digest what he just started talking about 3 minutes ago. The book took a lot more focus than a normal book.

    3 - This isn't 6 hours of standup. It's Jim Gaffigan reading a book by Jim Gaffigan. A lot of the joke delivery might seem off, especially when he recycles a joke from one of his shows (that happens a few times).

    4 - If you DON'T have kids, expect to be a little baby-crazy by the end of this book. Speaking from personal experience, I had to be talked down from the baby-ledge by my girlfriend after reading this. Luckily, I recovered, and I'm still happily babyless.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-14-13
    Nadine Woodbridge, VA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Long commutes make for great listening time!

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    "Sometimes You Gotta Laugh!"
    What did you love best about Dad Is Fat?

    If you've ever heard an audiobook read by the author, especially one about their own life, it can sometimes seem annoying. Like they're trying to make you think what they think is the right way - the normal way. Jim Gaffigan doesn't do that. All he does is tell you about himself, and, maybe, some others like him, and I love that! His imperfections and all are personal, informative, and funny - True Gaffigan!

    The other great thing is he reads his book just like his act only slightly quieter and calmer which makes it enjoyable listening to it on my commute. I'm sure the drivers next to me think I'm crazy cracking up laughing in my car at such calm words.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a parent, and I still found this hilarious and calming!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl United States 06-06-13
    Cheryl United States 06-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not for Gaffigan Fans"
    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    Not a book. Audio standup? Always yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Funny stories about parenting--and that is it!


    What didn’t you like about Jim Gaffigan’s performance?

    POOR and disappointing performance from a man who knows how to engage an audience. There were audible stumbles very very frequently, and the jokes were entirely recycled from his standup--and without the comedic delivery. At the beginning of the audiobook he jokes that he needed to write a book to afford a bigger house ASAP, and I think he was telling the truth. This is an extremely rushed product from one of my favorite comedians. Such a disappointment.


    Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

    Only because I had 15 hours to kill on a long drive. Otherwise no.


    Any additional comments?

    You will likely enjoy this book much more as a parent who doesn't know what to expect from gaffigan's comedy, and no prior knowledge of his standup.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 10-29-13
    Diane United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Yawn"

    This is a cautionary tale about pro-creating beyond one’s means. The author describes the mundane life of raising five young children. It’s mostly boring, at times depressing, and not funny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-26-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 05-26-13 Member Since 2002
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    "for parents, after the first one is born"

    Pretty funny riff, primarily on life as a parent. While the pace of jokes is not quite equivalent to stand up, this is a pretty funny book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David New York, NY, United States 05-21-13
    David New York, NY, United States 05-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Fine but forgettable"
    What would have made Dad Is Fat better?

    More original jokes. This is all very well-worn territory. As other reviewers have said, people who already like Gaffigan's material will probably be disappointed and find little original material in here.

    I have enjoyed Gaffigan talking about his personal life and upbringing on various other podcasts, but this didn't bring anything new to the plate. As a New Yorker I was most interested in the details about raising five children in Manhattan (five kids in a fifth floor walkup?!) but otherwise this was really quite bland and flat. Part of why I listened to this is that I've seen Gaffigan pushing a stroller in the East Village and I was curious about his urban parenting challenges ... and the book did paint a vivid picture in that regard.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Gaffigan again?

    Yes, but only if it was trying more explicitly to be ha-ha funny throughout.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration itself was fine, although lack of variety in tone did cause me to 'tune out' a bit during less interesting parts.


    What character would you cut from Dad Is Fat?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Glad it wasn't any longer. Nuggets of original insight or 'laugh-out-loud funny' were spread far too thinly. I'm not sure the world needed another personal narrative of 'aren't kids funny and challenging?' parenthood from a stand-up comedian.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 05-11-13
    Adam Shields Marietta, GA, USA 05-11-13 Member Since 2003

    Book blogger at Bookwi.se

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    "Great books, some old material"

    Short Review: Gaffigan is funny. My kind of funny. Simple stories about his life and how hard it is. He loves his kids, wife, life and his laziness. I can relate to all of it. The only thing that keeps me from rating it higher is that if you have seen Gaffigan live or on his tv specials you probably have heard about 20-25 percent of the book already. If you don't know Gaffigan, then it is probably a 4 star book. If you are a fan, then then this is probably a 3 star book.

    My full review is on my blog.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dr.C USA 03-01-14
    Dr.C USA 03-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Really disapointed"
    What would have made Dad Is Fat better?

    Some of the stories were amusing but not as funny as I thought they would be


    What could Jim Gaffigan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I love him as a comedian but this book was slow and rambling. The stories were sweet but slow


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was ok but given how much I like him as a comedian I thought it would be much more fun


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dad Is Fat?

    I'm not sure I could point to a specific scene. I expected a very different kind of book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry Wichita, Kansas, United States 02-23-14
    Sherry Wichita, Kansas, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This starts out so hilarious. I like the short essay format. Unfortunately, it gets too deep into the tired stories of how much you love your mini me and can't believe it. Just boring. Should've edited more strongly and got to the point of how funny the kids are and say those funny things.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Couldn't force myself to get there.


    Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

    no


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda S. Bean Chicago, IL 10-16-13
    Yolanda S. Bean Chicago, IL 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Time Flies While Listening!"

    I have really been enjoying listening to audiobooks lately - they are really a lot of fun - both to listen to with headphones, over the car speakers, and even while folding laundry. Gaffigan’s first book - a collection of autobiographical essays - makes for highly entertaining listening. In fact, I hazard to guess that this audio version is even more humorous than its printed counterpart. Gaffigan himself reads it aloud - using his talents to augment the timing, the different voices and tones. Even more impressive, it is the type of audiobook that is easy to listen to multiple times. It’s a genuinely funny book, filled with Gaffigan’s obvious love for his family.

    The books flows smoothly (though I must admit that I was forced to hit the repeat button a few times to recapture moments that I had laughed over!). And though parents will probably identify with this more than non-parents, it also gives a delightful insight into Gaffigan’s life off-stage/screen. I hope that this talented - and hilarious - man decides to publish more in the future (and narrates them, too - it would be impossible to imagine anyone else reading this aloud!). I know I will certainly be keeping an eye out for his name in print in the future!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Dad is Fat and Inspired!"
    What did you like most about Dad Is Fat?

    Jim Gaffigan is a real funny comedian and this book is no let down. If you are a parent, you'll thinks it hilarious, if your not a parent you will too! Its one of the funniest things I have read in a long time


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its more of an autobiographical look at Jim, his wife and his 5 kids life in and around there 2 bedroom apartment in New York. This doesn't do this justice as its a real laugh


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    So many cool things, like covering his big screen TV before his wife has their first home birth child, kids birthday parties, play dates, taking kids on holidays and parenting being a cult!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Oh it made me laugh and laugh. One of those books that, if you are listening with headphones in public, will make you laugh out load and scare people!


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