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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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    JasonHewlett 08-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Kids Under The Age of 10? This Will Make You Howl"

    I've loved Jim Gaffigan for years. I bought this book for my Dad for Father's Day last year. Unfortunately I believe he was offended by the title and never read the contents since he thought I was calling him fat by giving him this book. I should have purchased the book for me. I have 4 kids under 8 years and was wiping tears away reading the book's introduction it was that funny to read the roles they play. Jim's delivery and honesty, coupled with his descriptions, voices, and material, is really so wonderful and hilarious. This is one funny book, yet it's different from his stand-up, and the listener will be laughing with reminders as babies cry in the night.

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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.

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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. :-)

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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

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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.

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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.

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    J. Small Sarasota, FL USA 01-22-15
    J. Small Sarasota, FL USA 01-22-15 Member Since 2010

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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.

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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. ;-)

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    RUAble 06-21-16
    RUAble 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must listen for any Dad"

    Some of Jim's best stuff, if you a fan of Gaffigan, this should be a requirement.

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    Jack C. 06-19-16
    Jack C. 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Consistent laugh-out-loud dry humor"

    All about his life living with his wife and 5 kids in a cramped new York city apartment.

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    Suzan 06-16-16
    Suzan 06-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So funny!"

    If you've heard the standup then much is repeated, but it's so warm, refreshing and funny. Nice to have nice guys in comedy amongst all the darkness

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  • Philip Heydebreck
    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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    "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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