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Publisher's Summary

In his second book, Adam Carolla - chart-topping podcaster and author of New York Times best seller In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks - reveals all the stories behind how he came to be the angry middle-aged man he is today.

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well.

Organized by the myriad "dumps" Carolla called home as a child - through the flophouse apartments he rented in his 20s, up to the homes he personally renovated after achieving success in Hollywood - the anecdotes here follow Adam's journey and the hilarious pitfalls along the way.

Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor. He's still connected to the working class guy he once was, and delivers a raw and edgy, fish-out-of-water take on the world in which he lives (but with which he mostly disagrees), telling all the stories, no matter who he offends - family, friends or the famous.

©2012 Adam Carolla (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Only Adam Could Tell This Stuff

What made the experience of listening to Not Taco Bell Material the most enjoyable?

Adam's solo narration of his tales of life in So Cal, up until now. A fun time, and he is a GREAT story teller.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Not Taco Bell Material?

Some real classics are in there, but one that comes to mind is Big Catholic Brother with Nate and Tim (Team).

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

His timing and tone could only be expressed live.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait until the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pretty funny but crude

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is a humorous look at Adam's strange life. I'd never heard of him before since I'm not a radio listener and not under age 30. He seems to be pretty successful for having such a weird life. And he's kept lots of his old friends, which is surprising considering the stunts they pulled together. Lots of F bomb and scatological material in here.

Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Carolla? Why or why not?

Yes

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

No

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

When he talked about how he rates life on how high the mattress is off the floor. His lowlife mom had hers on the floor. At the time I was moving from one rental to another (I own two nice homes with high mattresses, but am living in a temporary rental and my mattress was on the floor. He nailed it dead on!

Any additional comments?

I won't share this book with my mom.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Smedley
  • Spring Hill, FL, United States
  • 09-15-12

It was OK.

What did you like best about Not Taco Bell Material? What did you like least?

I like Carolla's "to the point" bluntness, but it seemed like some of the material was either covered in his previous book or was material that might have been left on the editing floor from the previous book.

Was Not Taco Bell Material worth the listening time?

It was worth listening. Just didn't measure up to his previous book.

Any additional comments?

My expectations might have been high based on his "50 years we'll all be chicks" book. It was OK.

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  • Trenton
  • Texas, Alaska United States
  • 09-02-12

Pretty good

About 50% is great and fun to listen to, about 50% is full of drunk stories and too much of a dependence on 4-letter explicatives to describe things. My biggest gripe is that he is constantly telling you to buy his book throughout the recording, and leaving things out. Is this what I deserve for shelling out 15-20 dollars on this thing, criticized for not buying your book instead? Overall though, it is worth it for the high points.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Adam's last book was quite enjoyable, but the best parts were always the biographical portions. Adam's background, stories and successes have always been more enthralling than tired rants about politics.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Horrible book, very sad.

What would have made Not Taco Bell Material better?

Less potty humor.

What was most disappointing about Adam Carolla’s story?

Nasty topics. Shit head, shit bucket, peeing on each other.

What aspect of Adam Carolla’s performance would you have changed?

Whispered under his breath, couldn't hear the whispered punchline.

What character would you cut from Not Taco Bell Material?

Ray

Any additional comments?

Disappointment.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ok Book!!

Would you try another book from Adam Carolla and/or Adam Carolla?

Too much cussing at times and talking about "Poop" too much..Overall the book was ok at the beginning, but 3/4 thru It was more difficult to keep listening. He is funny, but it kind of gets old his cussing and his stories get a little boring..

Would you be willing to try another book from Adam Carolla? Why or why not?

No I think i have had my fill of Adam, for now!!

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Less cussing and less "poop" stories

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rene
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 06-17-12

Better then "In 50 Years"

Would you consider the audio edition of Not Taco Bell Material to be better than the print version?

Yes,

What other book might you compare Not Taco Bell Material to and why?

Penn Jillette's book and The Nerdist Way by Chris Hardwick.

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

His side stories.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

This is just a waste of my time.

Any additional comments?

I've listened to every single thing Adam has put out and so I know much about Adam. But it's great to hear stories (especially about Ray) which I've never heard.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Ace at his best.

I own the actual book and you should read the book as well as listen to the audio.

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Entertaining Glimpse into a Life

A book narrated by the author himself, I found the book entertaining and enlightening considering I had never heard of AC before buying the book. Basically, I wanted to read something I normally wouldn't pick up and read, and I'm going to say mission accomplished. If you're easily offended by sophomoric humor and f- bombs and similar language, I suggest you don't listen lest you fall into your usual judgmental mode. However, if you're willing to open your mind and gain insight about someone you usually wouldn't give the time of day, then broaden your horizon further and have a listen. Okay, now I can return to my favorite genres: historical, expository and biographies.