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They Call Me Baba Booey

Narrated by: Gary Dell'Abate
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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Gary Dell’Abate, the executive producer for The Howard Stern Show affectionately known as “Baba Booey”, has a lot of good stories to tell. And with more than 20 years of radio experience under his belt, Dell’Abate is completely comfortable doing his own voice work. He’s also been a longtime supporter of the audiobook medium, to such an extent that he even hosted the 2010 Audie Awards. Listening to him tell his own life story is like meeting a really cool weirdo at your local bar, getting chatty, and then getting sucked in to the point where you are surprised that the lights have come on and it’s closing time.

There are three types of chapters in Dell’Abate’s rotation. One set of stories, natch, concerns all the crazy highlights from his time with Howard Stern. Fans will appreciate fresh, deeper analysis of historic moments like Dell’Abate’s completely lame first pitch at a Mets game for an autism charity, his never-ending quest to win back ex-girlfriend Nancy that culminated in a very embarrassing video surfacing a full eleven years after the breakup, his car chase with the Ski Bunny’s crazy tire iron-wielding ex-boyfriend, and, of course, how he came to be known as Baba Booey. The second thread concerns more personal stories of Dell’Abate’s early life, from his mother’s terrifying mood swings and his father’s stoicism, to his hippie brother’s short-lived Woodstock hitchhiking attempt and his gay brother’s death from AIDS-related illness. The last type of chapter is a short series of interludes. Sometimes these take the form of lists of Dell’Abates favorite things, from best concerts ever to albums needed if trapped on a deserted island, and sometimes he is interviewing the people involved in the narrative of the previous chapter.

For people who care about the voice work industry, the cameos are terrific. There’s a brief snippet from narrator Edward Herrmann of the History Channel, as well as the producer at cutting edge radio station WLIR who gave Dell’Abate his first big break. For those who care about Dell’Abate himself, the cameos also offer major satisfaction in the form of his older brother and famed ex-girlfriend Nancy. None of the major Howard Stern Show personalities drop in, but that’s the way it should be. Dell’Abate has made a career out of acquiescing to be their whipping boy, and this book is an honest navel-gazing triumph that deserves to be heard without their interruptive jackassery. Besides, Dell’Abate is at his self-deprecating best here, and doesn’t need any help from professional put down artists. Whether or not you are already familiar with Baba Booey, his memoir is a guaranteed enjoyable listen that will leave you feeling like you’ve made a new friend. —Megan Volpert

Publisher's Summary

He's one of pop culture’s great, enduring, unsung heroes: Gary Dell’Abate, Howard Stern Show producer, miracle worker, professional good sport, and servant to the King of All Media. For the first time, he tells the story of his early years and reveals how his chaotic childhood and early obsessions prepared him for life at the center of the greatest show on earth.

Baba Booey! Baba Booey! It was a slip of the tongue - that unfortunately was heard by a few million listeners - but in that split second, a nickname, a persona, a rallying cry, and a phenomenon was born. Some would say it was the moment Gary Dell’Abate, the long-suffering heroic producer of The Howard Stern Show, for better or worse, finally came into his own. In They Call Me Baba Booey, Dell’Abate explains how his early life was the perfect training ground for the day-to-day chaos that comes with producing the most popular radio show on earth.

©2010 Gary Dell'Abate, Chad Millman (P)2010 Random House Audio

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Gary's performance was a 9, but his story was a 2.

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

Slow [adult and lovers of wild animals, such as lowland gorillas.

Has They Call Me Baba Booey turned you off from other books in this genre?

Gary's presentation was long winded, mainly his performance turned me off.

What does Gary Dell'Abate bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The constant Long Island accent.

What character would you cut from They Call Me Baba Booey?

Baba Booey, he was boring.

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I'm a fan, but not of this book.

A few interesting parts interspersed between Gary's lists of his favorite '80s songs, and awkward conversations with high school buddies. I'm a fan of the show, but this book tested my loyalty.

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This book was a Baba Booey

I'm a long-time fan of Howard Stern and his crew so I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book. However, I was quite disappointed. The book is mostly uninteresting, disjointed, and fails to provide much insight at all to the Howard Stern production. There isn't even a conclusion nor any coverage of his relationship with Howard. Even his relationships with Fred and Robin aren't really fleshed out. The extra conversations in the audiobook with old friends while a good idea were horribly executed. Gary violates his own rule of don't ask "yes or no" questions over and over. Gary Baba Booeyed this book. Sorry Gary.

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A Stern fan must

Gary's life story was interesting. I could do without all the list but it's his book. Just the right length, could have got boring but never did. Any Howard Stern fan this is a must read. If Howard Stern is not your style you might not really get this book. It is like reading about a family member. I've been listening to Howard for 25 + years and Gary is a big part of that, if your not a listener not sure you would or could enjoy this as much as I did.
I'm glad Gary did the narration. Once again if you are not a Stern show fan you may not like listening to Gary and his speech impediment. Right Boff??

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  • Woburn, MA, United States
  • 09-12-11

GREAT!!!!!!!

You really find out who and how Gary became BABA BOOEY I can listen to this ova and ova yes I'm from Boston so no Rs at the end LOL

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Becoming BaBaBooey

Gary Dell'Abate is a nice guy and that comes across in this well-produced audiobook. Regrettably, nice guys don't often make for interesting books. Fans of Gary will be all too familiar with the on-air shenanigans he writes of. What we haven't heard before are the insightful paragraphs about his mother's illness, his brother's death from AIDS and, most of all, his undeniable love for his father. He writes with passion and one cannot help but to be moved by this everyman who's staked a claim in our hearts and minds. Congratulations, Gary.

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Interesting Story

Interesting story for the most part, but some of the content wasn't bookworthy imo. Overall it was good.

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Good Story

fun book to listen to. I wanted more at the end. Gary's read was excellent

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great listening

good book interesting life Gary had alot of events and people in his life to help form who he is on the stern show

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Good for superfans probably not many others

Gary did a good job reading, but the interviews at the end of chapters were so superficial and repetitive they were basically pointless. You'd think knowing the best interviewer would've helped, but I guess not. Focuses a little too much on his mom, but if you like gary on the show you'll enjoy his book