52 Books 2014: Week 10

(A book review that’s on time this week! Yay!)

George Carlin Reads to You
George Carlin
(humor)

First thing’s first: if you are easily offended, don’t listen to this audiobook. If you don’t like to hear people swear, don’t listen to this audiobook. If you are a very religious person and can’t take people poking fun at religion; or are sensitive about war or death or… You know what? I guess the best way to put this is: read (or listen) to this at your own risk. Part of what makes George Carlin funny is that he doesn’t hold any punches, and he says the unexpected. As long as you are okay with that, this is highly amusing.

As to the details, this is a compilation of three different print books: Brain Droppings, Napalm & Silly Putty, and More Napalm & Silly Putty. They are all read (as the title implies) by George Carlin. I enjoyed it, but there were certainly things that shocked me. THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO. And then once the shock was over, the jokes were funny. Humor is best when it pushes the boundaries a little. Safe humor is boring. Granted, Carlin pushes more boundaries than most, but still. The only one of his bits in this audiobook that I found boring was one that was a laundry list of statistics that started out funny, and then kept going for too long.

And his cat & dog humor. OH MY GOSH. Love that stuff. And the voices he gives to cats vs. dogs. So funny. Definitely worth listening to.

Probably – no, definitely – my biggest complaint about this audiobook was the use of stingers between the bits. Sometimes they didn’t seem to be needed. Other times it seemed the track wasn’t lined up quite right, and there was a split second jump or gap in the middle of the stinger. Awkward.

This is definitely one worth listening to instead of reading, though. Most of us don’t have the timing of a professional comedian, and humor books of this nature benefit from that timing. I’m glad I listened to this one. If I were going to listen to it again, though, I’d listen to each of the three included books separately. (This time, I listened to all three straight through. That’s a lot of Carlin’s brand of humor to get all at once.)try

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