Oct 022013


Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Narrated by the author
Length: 6 hrs.
Unabridged edition (June 4, 2013)
Publisher: Random House Audio

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.

I’ve been struggling with audio books lately. It’s not the stories I’ve had a problem with, it’s the narrators. The last few audio books I’ve tried to listen to I had to stop without finishing, which is hard for me to do. But the narrations were torture to my ears and I couldn’t take it any more.

I first saw this audio book reviewed by Sheila @ Book Journey (go check her review out, she has a few quotes from the book and even a video), and immediately put it on hold at the library. I waited for it to come in with mixed feelings. I was pretty sure I’d  be laughing, but could I take listening to hours of him narrating the book?

Not only is this one of the funniest books I’ve listened to…or read, I had no problem with the narration. His voice was calming and didn’t make me wince once. I even loved his little kid voices!

Jim Gaffigan is one funny dad, but don’t take my word for it. If you need a good laugh, go get this book. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book!

  6 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan”

  1. I’ve been wondering…Thanks for your honesty. I have issue with audio books too. I think only one I’ve enjoyed was one read by Brad Pitt.

  2. I’ve got this in print and you’ve made me excited about it!

  3. I saw a great interview with Jim and thought the book looked good–he explained the title, it’s from one of his kids!

  4. I might have to get the audio. I’m in the mood for some laughs.

  5. Hi Vicki,

    I struggle with audio books, in fact I don’t think that I have ever heard more than a few seconds of one. I really don’t enjoy being read to, I can’t stand ear or headphones of any description as they give me instant earache, and many of the narrators just don’t sound interesting enough or interested in what they are reading.

    Whilst both myself and hubbie enjoy stand-up comedians, including many of those from the US, I don’t think that either of us have come across Jim’s name before. I shall have to look out for him on the cable television channels, although once again, I would probably prefer to watch his show, rather than simply listen to him. I think that a comedian’s facial expressions and body language are as much a part of the skit as the patter itself.

    Anything to do with children usually has us in stitches, as their actions are so spontaneous and their speech so up-front and candid!

    Thanks for the review and for introducing me to a new name to look out for.


  6. This one is on my TBR list. I wonder if my library has it as an audio-book? I will have to check it out!. Thanks for the review.

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