Your Dad Stole My Rake

And Other Family Dilemmas
By: Tom Papa
Narrated by: Tom Papa
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author. 

It’s hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and Live from Here head writer and performer, Tom Papa. 

How do you deal with a life filled with a whole host of characters and their bizarre, inescapable behavior? Especially when you’re related to them? Tom Papa is here to help you make sense of it all. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm audiobook that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives. He exposes everyone, from crazy aunts with mustaches, grandparents who communicate by yelling, and uncles who use marijuana as a condiment. 

Among the topics covered: 

  • Tiger Mom v. Ice-Cream Mom 
  • Stop Trying to Be Cool 
  • In Defense of Family Vacations 
  • No Fighting Before Coffee 
  • Least Popular Baby Names 
  • Wife Lie Detector 
  • Your Cat Thinks You’re Too Needy 

Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this audiobook.  

©2018 Tom Papa (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"I have been a close friend of Tom Papa for 17 years. His lack of ability to perceive even the most basic principles of human functioning have made him an invaluable asset to me as a friend and colleague.... I would definitely recommend whatever the name of this book is, because I know it comes from a place of pure nonsense without any knowledge of anything. He is really one of my favorite people." (Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and author of SeinLanguage)

"Finally a funny book about parenting. Great observations. Great writing. Actually funny. I've always known Tom was hysterical, now I know he is a great writer and a fantastic storyteller. Can Tom Papa write all books?" (Jim Gaffigan, comedian and author of Dad Is Fat)

"Papa's warm tone and varied timing will draw listeners into the book and enable them to see that, as is the case with most good comedy, there's truth that supports the jokes." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Just didn't do it for me

Sorry, but I have to go against the masses on this one. I really wanted to like this book, life observations are my favorite sort of comedy, partly because it's so easy to relate to. But after listening for several hours I just didn't find the material funny. At all. It just felt like the scripts from his stand-up acts, which can certainly be funny, but after a while it just felt like this never-ending, monotonous stand-up bit. If you're going to write a book, and self-narrate it, then tell some real stories, don't just write down you stand-up bits. Some of the material just felt tired, re-worded versions of routines we've all heard before. I appreciate how hard comedy writing is, and even harder to deliver well, and I really do think Tom is a talented comedian. But I feel like he owed his book audience more than just his stand-up schtick. Comedians see the world in really interesting ways, I guess I was hoping he put more into this book.

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Great For New Fans

To begin, Tom is one of our favorite comedians and we have seen all his specials. That being said, if you have seen his specials this book might be a bit redundant. Much of it is taken from his on stage act and so you are hearing many of the stories/bits he did there.
His new stories are funny and clever and think this is a great first effort for a very talented guy!

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Most enjoyable!

I am so glad I bought this book. I have listened 3 times and I laugh each time!! Wonderful observations. Thoughtful and funny.

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This Book, Read By the Author, Is Saving My Sanity During the Pandemic

Mr. Papa,

On behalf of all stir-crazy parents with good senses of humor and hilarious kids everywhere, let me say THANK YOU! My husband and I have watched you for years, then the kids discovered you on Live From Here, then we downloaded your book. Driving around town doing “errands” just to have some alone time with my 9 year old, allowing him to sit in the front seat, all while listening to your book over and over will be the highlight of my quarantine.

You, Sir, are one of the greats. Thanks!

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Amazing

This was a great book read and written by a great and very humble individual

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I’ll take the permission, but leave the bread...

When my world gets too shadowy, I scan for humor... what is it with the Italians and the Jews? I think ancestral suffering might be at the root... it doesn’t matter. I laughed out loud and appreciated the lightening effect of looking at irksome things from a lighter perspective... the wisdom herein comes out of experience, not philosophy... when I had a tedious chore (I’m a woman) I would flip on “Your Dad...” and sail through under blue skies. Thank you for your effort Tom.
PS: If I ate bread like you do, I would be in a coma and my joints would feel like they were disintegrating. Check back with me in 15 years...

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Delightful laugh-out-loud

I loved this book so much! I had just seen his stand up routine called You’re Doing Fine and at first I thought there would be a lot of the same material. Not so! This is all new and hilarious. Loved it all.

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Funny story of family

very funny and true parallels to family life that lets us know we're not alone

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So many funny stories!

Tom Papa has quite a large family and he isn’t afraid to tell their secrets. There are many funny pieces in this book, but my favorites were about the arduous nature of a day at Disneyland, the unfortunate creatures your pets drag into your house and bed, and his Italian parents repeatedly trying to convince his vegetarian wife that there is no meat in the meatballs, and no lamb in the lamb chop.

If you have a family, and you need a break and a laugh, pick up this book. The author does an excellent job with the narration.

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What a terrific book!

This was a wonderful book to take in on my daily commute. I've always really loved Tom Papa as a comedian, so to hear about his hilarious perspectives on family and life were a real treat. Also, the fact the book was read by him added a lot to the experience too.