Dad Is Fat

  • by Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by Jim Gaffigan
  • 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads

Would you consider the audio edition of Dad Is Fat to be better than the print version?

Yes. Gaffigan edits a lot of the passages to be unique to the audio book, and his voices are a big part of his standup routine. I would have been reading in his voice anyway, so why not cut out the middleman?


If you’ve listened to books by Jim Gaffigan before, how does this one compare?

I haven't listened to a book, but I've listened to his stand-up. This sounds a lot like his stand-up, but at times, it's pretty obvious that he's trying to read word-for-word.


What about Jim Gaffigan’s performance did you like?

His voices and his audiobook-only quips.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It's almost 6 hours long. I've got things to do.


Any additional comments?

The book is really great, but I feel like there are a couple of things Gaffigan fans should know before they start listening/reading:

1 - This is a book about being a dad. I know that seems obvious, but if you aren't a dad, or aren't thinking of becoming a dad, then you might not really like this book. If you're a college kid that likes jokes about Hot Pockets, you might be able to skip this one. There are a few chuckles in here, but you won't identify with them.

2 - There's a rhythm to this book that is a little jarring in an audiobook format. Each chapter ends with a joke, which is usually a callback from earlier in the chapter - and then the next chapter just starts. The chapters are very short, and the result is a very jarring transition between chapters. There were times when I would look up to read a street sign, and all of a sudden, Jim Gaffigan was talking about something completely different, and I barely had time to digest what he just started talking about 3 minutes ago. The book took a lot more focus than a normal book.

3 - This isn't 6 hours of standup. It's Jim Gaffigan reading a book by Jim Gaffigan. A lot of the joke delivery might seem off, especially when he recycles a joke from one of his shows (that happens a few times).

4 - If you DON'T have kids, expect to be a little baby-crazy by the end of this book. Speaking from personal experience, I had to be talked down from the baby-ledge by my girlfriend after reading this. Luckily, I recovered, and I'm still happily babyless.

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- Sean

Not for Gaffigan Fans

Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

Not a book. Audio standup? Always yes.


What did you like best about this story?

Funny stories about parenting--and that is it!


What didn’t you like about Jim Gaffigan’s performance?

POOR and disappointing performance from a man who knows how to engage an audience. There were audible stumbles very very frequently, and the jokes were entirely recycled from his standup--and without the comedic delivery. At the beginning of the audiobook he jokes that he needed to write a book to afford a bigger house ASAP, and I think he was telling the truth. This is an extremely rushed product from one of my favorite comedians. Such a disappointment.


Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

Only because I had 15 hours to kill on a long drive. Otherwise no.


Any additional comments?

You will likely enjoy this book much more as a parent who doesn't know what to expect from gaffigan's comedy, and no prior knowledge of his standup.

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- Cheryl

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2013
  • Publisher: Random House Audio