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.
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Very funny views on parenting. His voice got a little whiny and annoying in the middle of the book, but it got better near the end. If you have small children you will relate to this book.
Jim Gaffigan's years of stage performance make him easy to listen to. He crafts his intonation and phrasing expertly.
This book is great for anyone who had kids or is thinking about having kids. He bluntly tells it like it is and does it in an interesting way.
I gave the book 4 stars overall due to the fact that a lot of the material found in the book comes from his stage act. That being said, if you like Jim Gaffigan, you'll love this book.
A+ look at dads with families and someone who really loves all of them, deeply. Sometimes silly Kama sometimes a little cynical, but mostly a good look.
I thoroughly enjoy Jim Gaffigan and this book did not disappoint, at least in content. Funny material, funny stories, funny (and relatable) all the way around.
Gaffigan's narrating lacks the flow and rhythm of his stand up. I got somewhat frustrated with the sometimes stilted narration, but that was easily forgivable because the material is so great.
A little short of stand-up, this book still caught me off guard and had me randomly snorting in public. Gaffigan's delivery is excellent. I don't have kids of my own, but I'm in a relationship with a devoted dad, and it only made me more sympathetic to his experiences. I'd say an interest in kids as a topic is pretty essential. It was weird listening to "clean" comedy, but it is just mild, not bland. If anything it was a good break from the relentless intensity of a lot of other contemporary humor. Some scenarios are absurdly unrelatable (tour bus vacations?) but are captivating nonetheless.
But I still didn't find it funny. I love Jim Gaffigan but this wasn't like his stand up so don't get it if thats what you have in mind. You'll be disappointed. I don't fall Jim for reading it but you can tell he's not so much reading it in his performance inflection
Depending on the time of day I listen to different types of books. When I'm falling asleep I like to listen to this because it's gentle and sweet.
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