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Dad Is Fat Audiobook

Dad Is Fat

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Florida 10-08-15
    Amazon Customer Florida 10-08-15
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    "Good Not Great"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    He mentioned how wonderful his wife is 40 or 50 times. That was a bit overkill.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Gaffigan? Why or why not?

    I will likely give his latest book a try, but it will be a few months from now.


    What does Jim Gaffigan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He uses lots of voices throughout the book and that adds to the stories he tells.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. He has a TV show and I'll likely give that a shot.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I wanted to like this audio book more than I actually liked it. Gaffigan is a funny, likable and easy-going guy who is extremely easy for me to identify with. But I just didn't find myself blown away by this book.

    Previous reviewers have said that as Gaffigan fans that there was nothing new for them to read in this book. Before this book, I really didn't know who Gaffigan was, so familiarity was not a problem for me. I'd heard the name and I knew he had a TV show, but I certainly can't say that I was familiar with his jokes/routines.

    And yet, somehow, I felt like I could feel the punchline coming before it was actually delivered. Gaffigan relies heavily on jokes that are supposed to lead you in one direction and then surprise you with a witty twist. Inevitably, I saw exactly where he was going each and every time. Some twists were clever, but just not unexpected - if that makes sense.

    I enjoyed the book. There is something comforting in hearing about another parent's struggles that are so closely related to your own. And I laughed out loud probably four or five times over the course of the book. But frankly I was hoping to laugh a lot more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. C. Schmidt Metro Detroit, MI 02-06-14
    J. C. Schmidt Metro Detroit, MI 02-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dad Is Funny"

    Dad is fat is a pleasant listen. If you know Gaffigan’s work, you know what to expect. If you don’t like his humor or his voice, don’t bother. If you are unfamiliar with Gaffigan, he is a clean comic and this book is pretty much only about his family. If you don’t find humor in the small parts of family life, don’t bother. I like observational humor about families and the inside out look and this book hit a nice space. Clearly Gaffigan is happy and happy to share with us what’s going on and how crazy a large family is.

    Gaffigan’s delivery is (this is not a criticism) flat just like his standup. Maybe it’s a bit nasal or whiny. It works for him (and me.) The book is 5.5 hours long so not too short. It is good for a drive – I could easily listen to a bit on my drive in.

    I’m giving it fours because, while it is good and funny and I will buy his other products, it is not to the level of Tina Fey, Nora Ephron, Dan Savage or David Sedaris. I’m looking forward to the books to follow as the kids grow up. Growing up doesn’t sound like it is ever going to be a problem for Gaffigan and I, for one, and pretty happy about that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BARRY BENNINGTON, NE, United States 10-01-13
    BARRY BENNINGTON, NE, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I Thought I Liked Jim Gaffigan"
    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    I always found Jim Gaffigan funny when I saw him on TV, but this book is not good. Though it's superficially divided into chapters, the book is really an undifferentiated collection of observations about kids and parenting. If I had a dollar for every time he says his wife Jeannie is great, I'd be rich. I'm sure she IS great, though I hold her responsible for typing the manuscript and so being the indirect cause of my wasted monthly Audible credit.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Timbolicus Prime Philadelphia, Pa 09-15-13
    Timbolicus Prime Philadelphia, Pa 09-15-13

    Avid audiobook listener and reader. I work in the tech industry, but like to go outside my comfort zone with fiction and non-fiction.

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    "Dad is not Fat, He's a Funny Fatty"
    What did you love best about Dad Is Fat?

    Jim Gaffigan manages to be funny with almost every single line. A rare talent


    What other book might you compare Dad Is Fat to and why?

    Hmmmm. Can't think of one that I've read.


    Have you listened to any of Jim Gaffigan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dad is Fat: A Love Story about Bacon


    Any additional comments?

    Jim's performance was very good, but at times it did feel like he was just reading, and not performing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coftse 07-19-13
    Coftse 07-19-13 Member Since 2016

    I am immortal ....so far. I enjoy a god story and love a great narrator. :-)

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    "Ok he's pale and fat but he's funny!"

    I enjoyed this but am a Gaffigan fan so .....my opinion review shouldnt really count. :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura New York, NY, United States 07-15-13
    Laura New York, NY, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Laura the Listener

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    "This is probably better if you have kids..."

    ...but I don't, so it just seemed like a long list of all the reasons why I don't. And an homage to his wife, who is apparently perfect. There were a few lines that made me smile (not so much laugh out loud though), but overall I expected something funnier from Gaffigan as I'm a big fan of his comedy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-11-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 07-11-13 Member Since 2011

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Jim Gaffigan At His Finest"

    I'm a Jim Gaffigan fan. He reminds me of Bill Cosby. I don't have kids and am probably a few years away from having kids, but I laughed from the start of this book to the end. The things that Jim talks about in his book are for all walks of life.

    Jim reads it himself and does a brilliant job. Some of the book will be familiar to anyone who has watched any of his comedy specials but his way of looking at life is hilarious.

    Dad Is Fat is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-10-13
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "And he's hilarious"

    OK, I will admit - I love Jim Gaffigan and have seen him in concert. There are parts of this book that are just laugh out loud funny - and I don't even have kids. A great, light listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Small 01-22-15
    J. Small 01-22-15

    Jan

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    "Terrific!"

    Every time I see Jim Gaffigan in a comedy special I think, "This is so enjoyable, I wish it could on for, oh say, 5 hours and 26 minutes." Get this audiobook and it can! Jim reads it, so it is just like being in a comedy club, except no drinks and no bachelorette parties. It is hilarious. Don't listen in public, with headphones; strangers will think you are crazy. A couple of times when my laughter attracted attention I pointed to my head and said "Jim Gaffigan", trying to explain I was listening to a funny man, but people just walked away faster.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    calluna13 06-02-13
    calluna13 06-02-13
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    "Love Jim and that he narrates, yet sleepy story."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Parents of young (and multiple) kids who are not yet familiar with Jim and want to relate in a comedic, raw, and honest way parentally. My kids are older now so I fell asleep to this book in spite of loving Jim already.


    What does Jim Gaffigan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Napping


    Any additional comments?

    Jim, I love you still and appreciate your place in life. I'm just not there now and needed more humor outside of your specific place, though I can imagine I'll have to wait a while as you are being demandingly blessed by constant spousal fertility. ;-)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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