Dear Dad is Fat,
You definitely had me laughing from the first story to the last. It was so entertaining to hear you tell stories for a few hours and have a reprieve from life. Thank you!
P.S. Book Details
Author and Narrator: Jim Gaffigan
Book Length: 288 pages/ 5 hours 26 minutes
Book Genre: Humor
Publication Date: May 2013
Awards: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Humor (2013)
Synopsis: Though he grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family, Jim was satisfied with the nomadic, nocturnal life of a standup comedian, and was content to be “that weird uncle who lives in an apartment by himself in New York that everyone in the family speculates about.” But all that changed when he married and found out his wife, Jeannie “is someone who gets pregnant looking at babies.”
Five kids later, the comedian whose riffs on everything from Hot Pockets to Jesus have scored millions of hits on YouTube, started to tweet about the mistakes and victories of his life as a dad. Those tweets struck such a chord that he soon passed the million followers mark. But it turns out 140 characters are not enough to express all the joys and horrors of life with five kids, so he’s now sharing it all in Dad Is Fat.
In the mood to laugh? Dad is Fat tells the joys, triumphs, and difficulties of being a parent. A parent of five in the city no less! Jim Gaffigan tells his experience with parenthood in a funny way, yet not shaming others or being showy at how amazing of a parent he is. He honestly shares the good, bad, and ugly. The compilation of stories spans being in a dating relationship with his wife to the present time when their fifth child was born. It may be a couple years old, but still enjoyable.
Listening to this book made all the difference. From the intonation and the pauses, or even Gaffigan’s voice, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I laughed aloud multiple times and could not stop smiling, no matter how hard I tried.
Admittedly, there were some jokes or skits I had heard before (since this book was written in 2013). I could still laugh at the stories or lines, yet there were many repeats if you have heard Gaffigan before. This was one detraction from the book. If I had been reading the book, I may have felt disappointed because I could have gone online and watched him on stage telling the story. But, since I was listening I got most of the experience anyway.
All in all, I would recommend watching Gaffigan’s stand up, if given the option. However, this would be a fun book to listen to on a long drive with other people in the car. Or, if you are in the mood for something light and relaxing after a long day at work, and you don’t want to watch tv, this is a good fit.