The worldwide Twitter sensation: a brilliant new comic voice, and a 100% real father-son relationship that makes Steptoe and Son look healthy....
'At 28 years old, I found myself living at home, with my 73-year-old father. As a child, my father never minced words, and when I screwed up, he had a way of cutting right through the bullshit and pointing out exactly why I was being an idiot. When I moved back in I was still, for the most part, an idiot. But this time, I was smart enough to write down all the things he said to me....'
Meet Justin Halpern and his dad. Almost one million people follow Mr Halpern's philosophical musings every day on Twitter, and in this book, his son weaves a brilliantly funny, touching coming-of-age memoir around the best of his sayings. What emerges is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father and son relationship from a major new comic voice. As Justin says at one point, his dad is 'like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair'; and 'this is the sort of shit he says':
©2010 Justin Halpern (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers US
'SMDS shows Justin inherited his father's comedy genes and, as well as being very funny, also paints a great story of regular American family life -- albeit with added swearing.' (Guardian Guide)
'Justin's dad says a lot of funny things, and when he decided to update Twitter with some of his old man's pearls of wisdom he became of an overnight sensation. This book includes some of the best quotes from Mr Halpern senior. You will roar with laughter.' (The Sun)
'With a million-plus followers, Justin became a Twitter sensation by posting his grumpy 73-year-old dad's 'wisdom'. Now he's produced a book about their relationship. Is it wrong to kind of wish his dad was our dad too?' (Cosmopolitan)
'A chaotic, real-life portrait of a father/son relationship.' ( TNT Magazine)
I listened to this book in one go and I think I'll do it again. The book was read well by Schemmel, the impression of his dad was funny but it's obviously what his dad says that made me laugh the most, especially about him finding the porn tape and why he was taking a girl to Vegas.
I don't think it matters if you listen to or read this book, regardless you will hear your own father in there somewhere!
A very funny listen.
I ordered this on a whim, and have listened to it 3 times. The laughs keep coming and the genuine affection that the two main 'characters' have for one another really comes across. Hilariously funny and warm, I'm pretty sure I will return to this book time and time again.
This book really is laugh out loud funny..I love it and have listened to it over and over whenever i need a laugh..
This is a very funny if short book. The only problem I had is with the readers interpretation of the dad voice seeing as he is from Kentucky why does he sound like an very aggressive Brooklyn cabbie ?
This is such a great book. It will have you laughing out loud I guarantee you. I've listened to this twice now and will no doubt listen again on a rainy day. Mr Halpern is such a great character! His wisdom knows no bounds!!!!
I really enjoyed this book, had me laughing out loud on the ride into work. Brilliantly narrated and left me with little soundbites I'm dying to fit into conversation...
'My Dad's opinion on my swimming technique...
'You look like a slow kid trying to smack ants''
Quite un-PC, quite a gruff character, but one who's words and actions are underpinned with unquestioning love for his son.
I am an avid listener, with a great passion for all things spoken word, including Hip Hop and Performance Poetry. Vive la difference!
This book was not only really very funny at times, smacking of anyone's parents or grandparents and the general hilarious nonsense they delight in imparting in the name of wisdom, it was also a touching autobiography.
The relationship between Justin and his Dad is obviously a loving one, and a lot of the comedy is created through his Dad's attempts to educate or support Justin, whether it be an ill-advised spell as a little league coach or a sex-ed conversation gone wrong in front of a bunch of hungover jocks in the local Dennys. In between the often even unbelievable things that Justin's Dad says, which will not fail to raise a smile, there are things that he says which also strike a chord. Especially touching is the love for his wife and children that comes across so strongly despite his cantankerous and short-tempered outbursts that made his fame.
You should have a listen to this, it's good.
"A hilarious book that deserves multiple listenings"
Everything! The stories from Justin's childhood feel real and are written to just the right length and detail to allow the reader to immerse themselves in his world for those hilarious moments. The narrator was excellent. His voice for Justin's father really brought across the no-nonsense and manly yet funny character that was his dad.
It was a great performance. His voicing if a young Justin and his dad, as well as other characters were very convincing and made the audiobook so funny!
There were many. I especially found the part where Justin's dad is coaching baseball a more 'serious' and nurturing insight into his father - someone who seemed to believe in a fair go for all in children's sports, loved baseball, and thought that all the children regardless of their ability should have the right to play baseball.
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