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Not Taco Bell Material Audiobook

Not Taco Bell Material

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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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    robert Corona, CA, United States 09-10-12
    robert Corona, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Funny from beginning to end."
    Would you listen to Not Taco Bell Material again? Why?

    Yes... I like hearing these stories over and over again.


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

    Ray and the stories of the authors youth.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Carolla – was your favorite?

    Ray


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed often and long.


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    Gail Christiansen Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-04-12
    Gail Christiansen Albuquerque, NM, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Tells It As He Sees It"
    Where does Not Taco Bell Material rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    When I am ready for a good laugh, after listening to several audiobooks on more serious topics, I love to relisten to Adam's book. He is refreshingly blunt in this day and age of "politically correctness".


    What did you like best about this story?

    His stories are funny. His rants are real. He says things people can relate to and other people think, but can not verbalize in this day and age.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    He is authentic; I find his performance refreshing. He is the only person who can drop the F bomb without making me bristle.


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    If you find humor in Archie Bunker and his rants, you'll enjoy this book.

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    Amazon Customer HAMILTON, OH, United States 09-02-12
    Amazon Customer HAMILTON, OH, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Unless you're already a fan - not worth it"
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    Adam Corolla's book was amusing, if I'm being generous. It starts off average and tails off from there. The structure of the book using his homes through out his life was different and interesting. The cursing was not excessive in my opinion and suited the stories. Adam Corolla does the opposite of finding the humor in the everyday: he relates surreal and outrageous incidents and his friend's juvenile antics, but doesn't give them life. It's like listening to your boring, misogynistic, racist, dad tell the stories of his life for eight hours. "sure dad, that time you beat up those dorks after football practice must have been sooo fun". Yes some of the stories he tells will amuse you and many of them will shock you. He chuckles through all of them -- more amused with his stories than you will be.

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    Debra Fleming Island, FL, United States 08-28-12
    Debra Fleming Island, FL, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny as hell. Especially with the author reading."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have already told several people about this audiobook. What a great true life funny sarcastic story. If you love dry humor and are not offended by foul language, this is your audio book.


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    Chris Monrovia, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Chris Monrovia, CA, United States 08-27-12
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    "Why read this if you're not a fan?"
    What did you love best about Not Taco Bell Material?

    The audio version of this book is filled with Ace-man tangents and diatribes not in the print edition. For those that are familiar with Adam's talent for such things, this is extremely satisfying. I dont understand the other reviewers, who obviously weren't fans of Adam to begin with, picking up this book and being surprised at the profanity and lack of filial piety. This is likely not the book for you if you think everyone should be proud of their parents and not talk badly about them. And definitely not the book for you if you're offended by potty humor. My girlfriend isn't a fan of that kind of humor, but she wouldnt take the time to write a review about Adam's book deploring it. I'm not truly a fan of potty humor but it's completely endurable given Adam's affinity for story-telling.


    What about Adam Carolla’s performance did you like?

    Adam's tangents and diatribes - classic to his type of story telling. Also his ability to make analogies.


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

    "Moved" me? No. Having listened to Adam for years a lot of these stories are familiar (although better in the long-form here). I did like his ending words about willing himself to succeed. Definitely a good message.


    Any additional comments?

    To reiterate: If you are NOT familiar with Adam Carolla this may not be the book for you. Every low-rated review I saw for this book was someone who was surprised at the blasphemy and D&F jokes. I was not thrilled with the first book and looked up the negative reviews to try and compare this book to the last book. I enjoyed this book more than the first one.

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    Kevin Nason 08-26-12
    Kevin Nason 08-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "If you're an Adam Corolla fan, you will enjoy this"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The stories about traveling to New York with Jimmy Kimmel and the Dixie Chicks' lead singer had tears streaming down my eyes because I was laughing so hard!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of Adam Corolla, which I am, you will certainly enjoy this book. I have heard some of the stories during his radio show and podcasts, but they were still funny and there were plenty of new stories. There are some pretty gross parts, so if you are easily offended or grossed-out, this may not be for you. Adam's delivery is awesome, which makes me believe the audiobook is better than the print version. Good for many laughs...

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    menary kitchen 08-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Adam Carolla and/or Adam Carolla?

    yes because he, in the past with his radio show, was very humorous and creative


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    it seemed that the ace was reaching for material. to the point, that he was contradicting the past stories. he always has a good voice. his material lacked


    Any additional comments?

    i have always been an avid fan of the ace. this time, i am dissapointed

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    D. Jacobsen 08-24-12
    D. Jacobsen 08-24-12 Member Since 2017
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    What would have made Not Taco Bell Material better?

    Being left in its submission envelope


    What could Adam Carolla have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have made his jokes funnier by not trying so hard to be crass


    How could the performance have been better?

    Didn't listen long enough to comment


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Total blah


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    Barry T. Smith San Jose, CA United States 08-21-12
    Barry T. Smith San Jose, CA United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    Any additional comments?

    I came to this book, not as an Adam Corolla fan, but as a fan of comedy. I generally knew OF him, but never really watched ‘Loveline’ or ‘The Manshow’ beyond a pausing on them while channel surfing. But while searching for "comedy" on Audible here, I came across this book and checked out the sample. I liked what I heard and got the book. I discovered that this book is hazardous to your health because listening to it while driving can cause you to laugh so hard you cry ‘til your vision is blurred.

    I particularly enjoy how he framed the chapters of his life by what his living conditions were at the time. Growing up poor with lazy, hippy parents in ramshackle abodes up to success and home ownership, he lays out his rags to riches story with great humor and no small amount of humility. He details life with his family, crazy stunts and pranks with his friends to celebrity run-ins and tales of being on the road.

    All in all, a super fun book and worth your time if you enjoy heartfelt, humorous and no-holds-barred autobiographies. Consider me a new fan.

    And now I am off to buy his first book and listen to that one too.

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    Bubba Tahu 08-21-12
    Bubba Tahu 08-21-12 Member Since 2017
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    If you could sum up Not Taco Bell Material in three words, what would they be?

    Typical Adam Carolla


    Any additional comments?

    Adam fans will enjoy this. Personally I felt his first book was stronger. While nice that he mixed it up I just prefer the Adam tirades. This book is Adam's personal history and is filled with funny moments, most of which left me thinking "and you kept these people as friends?!" Like I said if you are an Adam fan get it, there is something here for you. If you aren't sure if you are, I'd say check out "In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy" first, it's put together a little better to me and I found it more entertaining.

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