A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

Narrated by: David Spade
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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From the recording studio, the author and narrator of A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World talks about bringing his new, audio-only comedic memoir to life.
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Publisher's Summary

Debuted and currently #4 on the New York Times audio bestseller list!

Fifty-something David Spade is letting it all hang out. Older (yes), wiser (debatable), in A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World, the actor, comedian, and SNL alum reflects on his life then and now through a series of candid and hysterical (and occasionally cringe-worthy) takes on everything from why it’s getting harder to date younger women, to what it’s like being a dad now, to suddenly being the “old guy” on set. 

Whether he’s musing on the alarming ease of breaking up over text (he’s done it), feuding with a teenage Internet celebrity (spoiler alert, he lost), or dealing with the friend from high school who became his full-time plus-one, when the star of Joe Dirt and Just Shoot Me unleashes his biting wit and dirty mind on the general freakiness of middle-age, he’s in a league of his own (not to be confused with A League of Their Own). 

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

**This product features adult language and themes** 

©2018 David Spade (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Editorial Review

Middle-aged but still not quite a grown-up

I remember watching SNL during the David Spade years and marveling at how he managed to get away with being so cocky. He toed—and often crossed—the line of good taste, but as a young guy on comedy’s biggest stage, he pulled it off. So what happens when the 50+ year old comedian tries to navigate the world of internet celebrities and dating girls whose parents used to watch him on TV? The results are awkward, cringeworthy, and hilarious. As a new dad rounding the corner on 40 myself, I’m looking forward to learning how to stay sharp as the world tells me I’m losing my edge. —Scott J., Audible Editor

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Free on Spotify

I love Spade. Saw him with Dennis Miller a few months ago. But this "book" is virtually his entire 2014 album, which is available on Spotify. Don't waste a credit.

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Much better than the first one!

This book is such a good listen for when you’re running errands, driving your car to work, or simple things like that.
As David mentioned, it doesn’t add anything to your life, but it’s entertaining and light to listen to.
I find myself looking forward to head to the car for work just so I can listen to it.

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Cynical humor at its best!

If you are a Spade fan, or even if you’re not, this book is a witty take on life as it was and is now. As a 40 something woman, I appreciated the nostalgic SNL and Farley references, as well as the more poignant moments of Spade’s upbringing and early years. His sarcasm and cynicism are the perfect pair as he describes the many hilarious moments of his life as a “star”. While a bit raunchy at times, this book is worth the price and the listen. It’s laugh out loud funny in a world where we don’t laugh nearly enough. Thanks David Spade!!

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  • 09-30-19

Funny; some parts were gross though

This was entertaining but he kind of gets a little gross in parts(the porno parts). Could've done without that. But other than that. it was a hoot.

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  • 09-22-19

I suspect this guy laughs at farts

Narration is great, love the sound effects. Honest and funny tho a little too pube centric. Enjoyed.

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OMG Dying!!!!

i was so excited for this project and pre ordered months in advance. started listening the morning it came out and could not stop listening. the best stories, jokes, sound effects, wisdom and lololololols for life. i keep skipping back to certain chapters on repeat and replaying. *birds in the morning*

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Laugh out loud hilarious

A great performance of a story that is both funny and touching by a guy who far more decent and thoughtful than his public persona.

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In my 20s, but still love it...

A lot of this book is geared at relating more towards those who aren't growing up in this "social media world". However, I'm in my twenties, and I grew up loving David Spade's comedy, so I wanted to give it a try anyway. I am so glad I did. There was a lot that was still very relatable. He's an amazing story teller in this. 6 hours flew by like it was nothing. I don't laugh out loud at much, but I really did at this, making myself look like a complete idiot many times. I would listen to him ramble like he did in this book for hours more! There are definitely some raunchy parts, but still hilarious. Such a well thought through look at his life.

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Spade Succeeds in Spades

Lots of great comics out there- add a voracious online appetite that will swallow 10 years of material in a 45 min. spot, and you have near impossible odds of establishing a long term relationship with a loyal audience. Some have done it, always with a unique personality- able to overcome tarnishing time with its constantly new and shifting difficulty levels....
Lenny Bruce, Jerry Lewis, Carlin, Pryor, Dangerfield-modern comics at least have the shoulders of Giants to start off on-
Bill Hicks, Kennison, Hedberg, Louis CK, Chappell, Chris Rock....again, even given the amazing content, it’s the unique personalities that make for a lifetime friend-
And there you have the story and glory of Davie Spade- Trusting in his own personality to be his ‘character’, it’s clear that this shy and tentative person is never taking any chances by self deprecation, or self shaming; he’s got the room at Hello-
David is Everyman’s go-to hang partner. Like Gaffigan , Tom Papa, and (on a good day) Artie Lang, he can go for a couple hours and never approach a worn out welcome- He’s a welcome guest and a truly trusted comic- he’ll be around as long as he wants to be.
Pat Flynn
Nashville, TN

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Was hoping to be surprised; wasn't

David Spade is the guy everybody loves to hate, so I was looking for a reflective look into the actor's life. Instead, I listened to hours and hours of David's meanderings on meaningless topics and flimsy stories- I'm quite sure his life has had many more memorable moments, but the listener doesn't get to hear them. I was really disappointed. This book may be especially annoying to women. The often-revisited topic of David's small penis makes him no more appealing (this is not the type of self depreciating humor that listeners are looking for), and David's long story about his flacid penis exposes his self centeredness (if you can't get it up, maybe focus on HER). Long descriptions of pornography scenes show up for seemingly no reason, and we get David's opinion about men's view of breast reductions as though that's important. As an older man and father, I was expecting more mature reflections that placed David as the main actor in his own story with real relationships.

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  • Stephen B.
  • 01-29-19

Get a fcuking Life David. Settle down.

blah blah blah moan moan moan, I'm the same age as Dave, he just sounds like a fcuking idiot.
what does a 40 something on a date with a 24 year old think is gonna happen. I couldn't get past chapter 3.
WAS a fan this was time I won't get back. Took it as my free first membership to audible... WASTED.

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  • Paulina
  • 07-24-18

The best!!!!

So fucking funny. Loved it!!! What do I do with my life now? Need more of this shiiiiz.

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  • Ms. D. A. O'neil
  • 07-22-18

Self-deprecating and hilarious

David Spade is a great raconteur, so funny and self-deprecating, and occasionally highly inappropriate. I have heard quite a few of these stories before but it was such a fun six hours with this great comedian, it definitely left me wanting more.

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  • Ryan
  • 07-20-18

Very funny!

Excellent entertainment from start to finish. As good as, if not better than his first audiobook “almost interesting”

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  • Doreen Snyder
  • 07-19-18

Wonderful and Intruiging.

I love this book, but I must get back to my thirty something life which I feel better about now.

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  • Jade Hemsley
  • 02-21-19

good book

I have really enjoyed listening to this. hilarious at times and thought provoking
lots of sex references which are funny.

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  • E. Murphy
  • 01-31-19

Made me cringe

Stopped listening at chapter 7. Couldn't bear the anti-women, egotistical ranting. It was not for me. I started feeling sorry for him, which is not good! Even if this book is actually supposed to be a comedic performance, it is now outdated and really not that funny.

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  • LizGizmos
  • 11-15-18

No LOLs

I was surprised to hear repitition of the same lame gags throughout. Ultimately, he bangs on about not being like the characters he portrays while simultaneously, telling stories where he is actually that guy IRL. Don't buy!

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  • George
  • 07-25-18

Joe dirt dude

Great book, read by a very funny bloke, didn't want it to end, more please.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-20

Brilliant

David Spade has such a wonderful way of weaving a story that I could
Listen to him all day and night. Highly recommend this book, you’ll laugh a lot and if you appreciate David Spade, you’ll love the insights into his life, even if they’ve been ramped up for comedy effect. Absolutely brilliant. Actually taken me days to finish it, as I’d put it on before bed and his soothing voice send my straight to sleep, so had to keep resetting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-18

Long but worth it

Spade brings his classic humour to his autobiography which leaves you feeling horribly sorry for him but chuckling all the while. I don’t recommend eating while listening to this but maybe some heavy alcohol instead. Happy Listening Joe Dirté

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-18

Pretty Funny!

Entertaining! Enjoyed the listen. A few parts not so great (the complaints) but the bulk was quality and well worth the time! :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-29-20

I love David Spade

Super funny/relatable I loved every chapter!
I could listen to Spade narrate all day everyday ;’)


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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-20

Loved it.

David Spade never fails to make me laugh my ass off. He's an absolute legend.

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  • Adele Thomas
  • 11-29-19

Got exactly what I expected and more.

Six hours of David Spade talking about his views on life, intertwined into chapters about his career in Hollywood, experience in dating and giving us the occasional sound effect impression, makes for a very entertaining audio book.
Added bonus if you are a fan of Emperor's New Groove, as its exactly like listening to an MA rated Kuzco reading a biography out aloud. That's weird but also awesome.
I got what I expected and more, and I would love to listen to additional stories from him.
I was a bit sad when it ended. I'm also left with wanting to ask Spade so many questions about the stories he told.
Oh yeah! ...that's a Kuzco reference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-19

Heck Freakin Yes

Man, I got so stoked when I heard about this, (unashamedly bingeing David Spade interviews on Youtube), that I downloaded and listened to it immediately. Not disappointed. I love the realism. I'll be listening to this over again, for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-19

great

i cant wait for the next one it was so good hurry up witj it haha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-19

Enjoyable collection of stories

was enjoyable including Spades narration however he does spend a chapter waffling about reverse racism

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  • Chrish Graebner
  • 01-24-19

Do not use as “Fall asleep” Audiobook

My wife got rather annoyed with me - as i constantly fell into a chuckle whilst listening on earpods lying next to her.

This is highly enjoyable - especially for people from the Polaroid Generation!
Yet with some quite guiding foresight for the Instagram Generation too.
Delightfully politically incorrect!

Yours from Sydney, Australia,

Chrish

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-18

Sooooooo funny.

I am a fan of David Spade, and read his first book which was fantastic and inciteful. But I love the audio book as it's so great to hear the delivery of the stories with great timing. He should do more books, but as an "audio" book because it's like listening to six hours of standup. DS is totally underrated as a comedian. He really is one of the best. I literally resigned back to audible to hear the book. Yes audible, it worked to get people to subscribe.