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!