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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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Love Jim and that he narrates, yet sleepy story.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Parents of young (and multiple) kids who are not yet familiar with Jim and want to relate in a comedic, raw, and honest way parentally. My kids are older now so I fell asleep to this book in spite of loving Jim already.

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

His voice

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

Napping

Any additional comments?

Jim, I love you still and appreciate your place in life. I'm just not there now and needed more humor outside of your specific place, though I can imagine I'll have to wait a while as you are being demandingly blessed by constant spousal fertility. ;-)

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Jim Gaffigan: The Abridged Career

Did you know that kids can be bratty? Did you know that they're loud? Did you know that they won't let you rest? Did you know they're a financial burden? Did you know Jim Gaffigan is fat and lazy? Did you know that Jim loves his wife (she's 'great' we hear many a time) and family despite all the trouble they cause him? Well if you didn't know that before, then you do now! Buy this book to hear this well-trodden comedic ground again and again and again and again.

and again and again and again.

and again.

Let me say that I really like Jim Gaffigan's stand-up and this book doesn't do anything to dispute the fact that he's a funny funny man. The problem here is that 'kids are kooky!' is a comedy well that's been gone to time and time again for years by both Gaffigan and comedians in general so the subject matter isn't exactly the freshest. This is material that's about as edgy and interesting as a detergent commercial right down to the all-knowing mom, slightly dumb dad and messy but cute kids. Would I enjoy watching/listening to Gaffigan do a new 15 minute bit or even hour-long set about his family life? Absolutely, a good comic can make even mediocre material great. 5 and a half hours of him reading the same 'what's the deal with....?' style cliched observations AT* me? Zzzzzzzz....

* it should also be emphasized that while Gaffigan does a fine job reading his book he is doing exactly that: READING A BOOK. Stand-up at its best is elevated by delivery (tone, inflection, pauses) and visual cues (facial expressions, body posture etc), by virtue of this being an audible book, all of that is missing or diminished. If you want Gaffigan, buy his comedy special DVDs, they're much funnier.

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Big fan, loved it

I have been a big fan of Gaffigan for almost almost 10 years. So when I first saw this book it was an easy buy for me. If you enjoy any of Gaffigan’s stand up you’ll enjoy this book. My only true criticism is that his stand up and this book often over lap. Add the fact that it is him narrating and you have a virtually identical experience. Again great book but it did seem like there was a lot of double used material.

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Real life

I loved this book. I love even more that Jim narrates it himself. I laughed a lot, and even teared up in the end. This entire book is just so relatable right now.

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  • 11-14-17

hilarious

Listening to this audiobook is just like being at a comedy show. Jim Gaffigan's book did not disappoint. I also highly recommend his other book: Food, A Love Story

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Great for a family road trip

Fun entertainment and relatable musings enjoyed by my teenage sons, husband and me. Definitely recommend

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Boring

I thought I would enjoy listening to this book as a dad myself. It is however just the most boring book I've ever listened to or read.

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  • Jesse
  • Boca Raton, FL, US
  • 09-30-17

laughed out loud the entire time...

laughed out loud the entire time highly recommend for any dad mom or anyone who likes kids

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A much needed break from parenting.

I loved taking a break from parenting to listen to someone else talk about parenting... wait.

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Relatable-ish

As the only single and childless member of book club this wasn't my choice, but, peer pressure and stuff.

I loved the first part of the book. Jim's adventures navigating the world of friends-with-kids were infinitely relatable to this 30-something, and I found myself laughing out loud many times. As the memoir progressed it was still enjoyable, but in a "having dinner with friends who talk about their kids all the time" kind of way.

Overall, I liked it. Maybe someday when I'm in a different place in life I'll read it again and giggle my way through it.