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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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    Amazon Customer abilene, TX, United States 01-02-14
    Amazon Customer abilene, TX, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hot Pocket Hilarity for the parentals!"
    Where does Dad Is Fat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a different kind of book then what i usually listen to, but it was amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Truthiness, it was very relatable.


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

    Himself.


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

    yes, so funny!


    Any additional comments?

    write more Jim!

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    Rebecca 12-30-13
    Rebecca 12-30-13
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    "Gaffigan is funny!!"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Gaffigan? Why or why not?

    I would definitely buy his next audible book.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this audible book to anyone who enjoys Jim Gaffigan and to folks with children.

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    Lynn 12-25-13
    Lynn 12-25-13
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    "Fun from beginning to end."

    So much fun I am going through withdrawl. I didn’t want this to end. I want more.

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    Megan 12-05-13
    Megan 12-05-13
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    "New Parent Can Relate and Laughed the Whole Time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I can definitely relate to many of these stories as a new parent. I think Jim Gaffigan is wonderfully honest and hilarious. He perfectly captures the stress, terror, and love of parenting. It is a hilarious, yet thoughtful, book and anyone who is a parent will love it.


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    Kelly Schmidt Fort Worth, TX 11-21-13
    Kelly Schmidt Fort Worth, TX 11-21-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Jim will never let you down. Super Funny!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Jim Gaffigan is GREAT!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jim's dad was the best. That is how all dads were in our generation


    What about Jim Gaffigan’s performance did you like?

    He is funny and really makes you feel like you are a part of his day and life.


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

    No, but I did like the book. And, I would recommend it to others.


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    M. Barbera 11-13-13
    M. Barbera 11-13-13
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    "Hilarious parenting empathizer"
    What made the experience of listening to Dad Is Fat the most enjoyable?

    The fact that JG is the narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it is so personal and relatable to fellow parents.


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

    I have only heard his stand-up, but think this is right along the same lines, just with more of a central focus rather than many topics.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Dad Is Fat?

    Don't live in a 5th floor, walk-up, 2 bedroom apartment, ever- but especially when you are a family of 7.


    Any additional comments?

    For the people who said they didn't like it because there was too much parenting and marriage content...that is what the book is about! He wrote this with the intent to entertain people about his crazy life as a father and husband! It is funny.

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    Kristina 11-05-13
    Kristina 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "What it would be like to have 5 kids in NYC"
    If you could sum up Dad Is Fat in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, Heartfelt & Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dad Is Fat?

    You can tell that Jim Gaffigan loves his family very much. Especially his wife - no wonder they have 5 kids!


    What about Jim Gaffigan’s performance did you like?

    I love when the author of the book is also the one that is reading it. You get the actual tone that they were striving for. And since Jim Gaffigan is a natural story teller it was great to hear him read this as well.


    What did you learn from Dad Is Fat that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned that you have to do what you love and find those that you love to help along the way. The fact that Jim's wife helps him with all of his work is outstanding - both career wise and with the kids.


    Any additional comments?

    Right now all of his children are very young, so I hope that he continues to write these books as the kids grow up.

    The book also made me feel like I wasn't alone in some of my parenting situations - and the humor that Jim puts towards everything is enlightening.

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    Kristin 10-08-13
    Kristin 10-08-13
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    "Disappointment for a long time fan"
    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    Maybe, or I may just stick to re-playing "Beyond the Pale" over and over.


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

    Not rehash jokes from his standup albums and try and twist them into to new tales from his daily life. Between this and the sympathy I began to feel for his kids and his neighbors, I found myself vacillating between disappointment and rage by the end of the book.


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

    I expected more


    What character would you cut from Dad Is Fat?

    Jim Gaffigan, selfish dad


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a huge fan of Jim Gaffigan's work for years and was really, really surprised how much I disliked this book and started to dislike Gaffigan. He tries to paint a funny picture of life with a big family in a tiny NYC apartment but instead it came across as sad and selfish. On top of that a lot of the comedy was gleaned straight from his comedy albums, which I despise and find incredibly lazy. I've already paid for that joke twice, now I'm paying again. If you are going to do that, package it as "King Baby Deluxe Directors Cut Edition" and let me decide if I'm such a Gaffigan nerd I'm going to buy all versions, don't disguise it and dupe me into purchasing.

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    emily PORTLAND, OR, United States 10-08-13
    emily PORTLAND, OR, United States 10-08-13
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    "Dull. Short chapters with abrupt endings."
    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    I guess I thought Jim was funny and then after I listened to this book, I realized he wasn't. Maybe if I were a Christian (that couldn't tolerate a swear word) and had a bunch of kids, I would get it. But, it was just Meh.


    Has Dad Is Fat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    His reading did not flow well.


    What character would you cut from Dad Is Fat?

    Dad.


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    AngelGirlrn Redlands, CA 10-01-13
    AngelGirlrn Redlands, CA 10-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Laugh Out Loud Listening"
    Where does Dad Is Fat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is very enjoyable, fun to listen to, especially when I need a good laugh. It is near the top of my favorites list.


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

    Yes, we're he to write another book, I would definitely be interested in it.


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

    As this book is composed of anecdotes of the author's experiences as a father, having him narrate really brings his voice and perspective into the story.


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

    No, but only because it contained anecdotes and no specific plot. It is great for short car trips and listening while doing other tasks.


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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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