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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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    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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    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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    calluna13 06-02-13
    calluna13 06-02-13 Member Since 2014
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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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    Jennis 08-18-15
    Jennis 08-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like Jims comedy you'll enjoy this book!"
    Where does Dad Is Fat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this. As a parent you connect right away with the humor in the situations he describes throughout. He keeps it real and adds his flavor of humor to the whole thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way he tells stories so I enjoyed listening to his voice... I could picture him in the stories and laughed out loud multiple times.


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

    His voice and expression is pricless.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I just really liked it. I laughed. I pondered. I reflected on my own parenting. I enjoyed the stories and his input on real subjects.


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    brittany salmen 08-18-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it."

    I Laughed so hard! It was Well writing. I can't wait for his next book.
    Smart, funny, and very very true.

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    john 08-17-15
    john 08-17-15 Member Since 2015

    Erudite!

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    "Funny but too repetitive to listen to all at once"

    The book is really funny. He has a lot of cutting insights into his life and life in general.
    About the only thing that I might say against it is that it was so funny I was trying to listen to it all at once, and it becomes a bit repetitive that way.
    Best to be taken in small comedy bits (chapters) and come back to it later for best enjoyment.

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    Carol Young 08-04-15
    Carol Young 08-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So good I want to share with everyone!"

    great stories every parent can relate to, ready to start it all over again! even making notes of my favorite jokes - tv news is like kryptonite to kids!!!

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    HowardSiroky 08-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Took a bit to get into, then it was all out laughs"
    What made the experience of listening to Dad Is Fat the most enjoyable?

    This one had me laughing a lot from the time I started re-listening. I can't remember why I couldn't get into it at first, but as an adult who had to take a road trip with my parents, this saved me. Maybe I was just in a weird mood, but if you're like me and had a hard time getting into it, stay with it, it's hilarious.


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    Mac 08-03-15
    Mac 08-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining"

    Very funny, very true! Although I can not relate to his 5 kids in NYC, I've found myself in many of these same experiences as a father. I enjoyed this book, thanks Jim!

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    Shereen 07-28-15
    Shereen 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Love listening to authors read their own writing! What a special treat. Hilarious as 6 hours of stand up!

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    1/25/15
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    "Laughed out loud quite a bit"
    If you could sum up Dad Is Fat in three words, what would they be?

    Funny parenting book.


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

    Probably, He makes me laugh.


    Which character – as performed by Jim Gaffigan – was your favourite?

    Jim... It's a book about himself.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    5 kids catholic.


    Any additional comments?

    It's fun to listen to, many laughs. Though I thought he ran out of good material toward the end.

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  • Mr
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    7/29/13
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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