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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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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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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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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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Finally a real human being

Tom is funny in this book; but the most important thing to me is that he brings back the relevance of being a Human Being.
And as all the family thinks (and many of my friends): he's better than Seainfeld!
Go Papa!

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lol funny!

I’m so glad I decided on this book! It’s amazing!! It had me laughing out loud, and I think that’s healthy!

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Brilliant!

This book was the highlight of our summer road trip with the whole family.
We were so lucky this fall to run into Tom Papa before his comedy show. We were the only people with children in the theater, but our kids had so much fun.
Totally recommend the book and the show.

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Book filled with hilarious and sweet stories

I loved listening to this book. Hearing Tom Papa's voices and inflections made the stories all the more funny! His stories aren't just funny, but they are at time very wise and sweet. Have fun listening to this book and eat some bread!

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I'm a man of a certain age and Tom is clairvoyant.

I'm a man of a certain age and Tom's book really hit home. I could not stop laughing.

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A Piece or Great Americana

This book was meant to be on Audible. Anyone who purchased it to read would do themselves a favor by listening to it. It’s not quite 6 1/2 hours of stand-up comedy, it’s not quite a one man play, it’s something in between...and it’s fantastic! Such frank and poignant insight into many facets of life. I’m sure he’ll upset the social justice warriors out there, but I’m also sure he doesn’t care. Keep it up Tom! Not sure what you have left to write about, but I know I’m gonna listen.

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Some funny, some poignant

I enjoy Tom Papa’s standup. I was surprised that many of the stories were laugh-out-loud funny, but others were a little sad or wistful. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it and I was blown away at the overall quality and breadth of his writing. It’s one thing to be funny in person, but sometimes it’s harder to get it to translate on the page. He succeeds.