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Summary

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':

  • 'You know, sometimes it’s nice having you around. But now ain’t one of those times. Now gimmie the remote, we’re not watching this bullshit.'
  • ‘Happy Birthday, I didn’t get you a present… Oh, mom got you one? Well, that’s from me then, too – unless it’s shitty.’
  • ‘Your brother brought his baby over this morning. He told me it could stand. It couldn’t stand for shit. Just sat there. Big let down.’
  • ‘The worst thing you can be is a liar....Okay, fine, yes, the worst thing you can be is a Nazi, but THEN, number two is liar. Nazi 1, Liar 2.’
  • ‘Why the f**k would I want to live to 100? I’m 73 and shit’s starting to get boring. By the way, there’s no money left when I go, just fyi.’
  • ©2010 Justin Halpern (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers US

    Critic reviews

    '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)

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    Just as great the 5th time around

    This is the sort of book that’s even better in audio format. Such a great performance.

    I’ve read and listened to SMDS 5 times and I still laugh out loud.

    Best father ever.

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    funny and honest!!

    listend to in one go. I'm sure most will relate to at least some of this book. Maybe not as colourful, but with moments of laugh out loud and moments to cringe!!

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    I must say, his dad is the best

    It felt amazing to read this book. You can pick so many lessons from this book and at the same time, have a lot of laughs.

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    Brilliant.

    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.

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    Love this - listened twice

    Fabulous story, well read by the narrator, listened to it twice now. well done !

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    Goodness me I did laugh!

    Would you consider the audio edition of Sh-t My Dad Says to be better than the print version?

    I don't think it matters if you listen to or read this book, regardless you will hear your own father in there somewhere!

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    A very funny listen.

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    Sxxt my Dad says

    This is a funny book. You'll quote bits to your family, even the cringeworthy bits and especially to my teenage son.

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    Genuine laugh out loud book.

    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.

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    • natasha
    • Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    • 09-09-12

    brilliant

    This book really is laugh out loud funny..I love it and have listened to it over and over whenever i need a laugh..

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    good but

    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 ?

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    • Henry
    • 31-03-13

    A hilarious book that deserves multiple listenings

    What made the experience of listening to Sh-t My Dad Says the most enjoyable?

    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.

    What other book might you compare Sh-t My Dad Says to and why?

    Not sure.

    What about Sean Schemmel’s performance did you like?

    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!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.

    Any additional comments?

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