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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.
©2013 Jim Gaffigan (P)2013 Random House Audio
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sean on 05-17-13

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 05-26-13

for parents, after the first one is born

Pretty funny riff, primarily on life as a parent. While the pace of jokes is not quite equivalent to stand up, this is a pretty funny book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Phil vH on 01-25-15

Laughed out loud quite a bit

If you could sum up Dad Is Fat in three words, what would they be?

Funny parenting book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Gaffigan? Why or why not?

Probably, He makes me laugh.

Which character – as performed by Jim Gaffigan – was your favourite?

Jim... It's a book about himself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

5 kids catholic.

Any additional comments?

It's fun to listen to, many laughs. Though I thought he ran out of good material toward the end.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mr on 07-29-13

Dad is Fat and Inspired!

What did you like most about Dad Is Fat?

Jim Gaffigan is a real funny comedian and this book is no let down. If you are a parent, you'll thinks it hilarious, if your not a parent you will too! Its one of the funniest things I have read in a long time

What did you like best about this story?

Its more of an autobiographical look at Jim, his wife and his 5 kids life in and around there 2 bedroom apartment in New York. This doesn't do this justice as its a real laugh

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So many cool things, like covering his big screen TV before his wife has their first home birth child, kids birthday parties, play dates, taking kids on holidays and parenting being a cult!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh it made me laugh and laugh. One of those books that, if you are listening with headphones in public, will make you laugh out load and scare people!

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5 out of 5 stars
By amanda on 03-05-15

Interesting and witty

I like his cynical wit, it made me laugh as I could relate. I liked listening on the drive to work and there was heaps of content for the price I paid so very happy.

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