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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Unabridged,Original radio broadcast; 4 hours on 4 CDs edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598870998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598870992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Each week, over four million National Public Radio listeners turn to Massachusetts mechanics Tom and Ray Magliozzi—aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers—for an eclectic mixture of practical car repair advice, automotive consumer empowerment, razor-sharp puzzlers and self-deprecating wit. As both erudite MIT grads and gritty garage enthusiasts, Click and Clack would fit naturally into the Boston bar stools of the classic sitcom Cheers. At the close of each program, the siblings announce that their devotees have squandered another perfectly good hour. Their new audio collection consists of four complete 60-minute programs that the hosts deem their all-time favorites, including a visit from domestic diva Martha Stewart and a Mother's Day memorial tribute to their mom. The recordings selected do happen to showcase some especially entertaining telephone queries, including a discussion of what to do when the friendly neighborhood fix-it shop finds out that you have cheated and visited your dealer for service. Fans who savor the familiar Car Talk rituals and quirks will appreciate the continuity, a rarity in the choppy waters of the best-of multimedia marketplace. (May)
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From the Back Cover

What was the best Car Talk show ever? Impossible to say. But here are four all-time favorites from Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers.
  • Martha Stewart visits the show, and Ray heartily greets her as "Margaret."
  • A Mother's Day tribute to Tom and Ray's own beleaguered and beloved mom.
  • Tom and Ray share John "Bugsy" Lawlor's letters home from summer camp.
  • And Ray's worst puzzler error ever, which the staff happily throws back in his face.

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I love listening to car talk and all my mom and I do is laugh.
Sarah Freeman
I have played the CD several times in my car, even on our trip to Florida and we loved them, I can listen to those two guys over and over.
Sidney Eline Jr.
I purchased this for my Dad and my Father-in-Law, both of whom love it.
Sue

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on August 16, 2007
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Many of these episodes are already on their other CD's. In fact one CD is dedicated to Mother's Day and is almost a duplicate of the Maternal Combustion CD. With so many programs and so few CD's I don't know why they duplicate them. If you don't already own any of their other CDs then this set would be worthwhile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on September 1, 2013
The hosts of NPR's "Car Talk", Tom and Ray Magliozzi, offer highlights from their radio show with the theme of motherhood. If you are not familiar with the show, well it is unique. Two brothers who aren't really mechanics (but do have a lot of experience fixing cars) take calls about cars and car repair. They laugh and mercilessly kid one another and sometimes actually get around to offering advice on how to fix a car.

This a a 4 CD set featuring four entire hour-long episodes, which is different than many of their collections that are composed of a series of edited segments. While this is mostly highly entertaining, especially the segment with Martha Stewart (to me, Stewart can seem stuffy and stiff on her show. She rolls with these two jokesters and their enjoyable, sophomoric antics and holds her own and exhibits a quick wit) there are segments that I could only characterize as wearisome, such as the childhood letters home from summer camp from a staff member of the show, John "Bugsy" Lawlor. Thankfully, it is fairly short and the brothers get back to taking phone calls.

The calls in this one are interesting, including an Aussie who wants the recommendation of a good car to drive in Colorado, a woman who went behind the back of her regular mechanic and took her car someone else and my favorite, the man who has a faulty dashboard indicator that keeps telling him that his engine is out of oil. The only way he can get it to stop is to pound on his dashboard, a technique that causes the brothers to nearly fall out of their chairs as they envision him driving and angrily pounding away.

The third CD in this set is a Mother's Day tribute featuring their mother. Most if not all of this material is on another CD that I recently listened to and reviewed, Car Talk: Maternal Combustion: Calls About Moms and Cars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Lowenthal on June 1, 2012
I'm such a fan of the NPR show Car Talk, where Tom and Roy answer callers' questions about their cars, with equal parts humor and intelligence. This CD set includes some "Classic" shows, such as the time that the brothers' own mother appeared on the show (or called into the show) and the time that Martha Stewart appeared as a guest on the show. They manage to pick friendly, articulate callers, and the banter with the callers is always a blast. Listening to Car Talk in my car turns a boring drive to work into a party! These guys leave me laughing all the time and definitely improve my mood. If you've had a bad day, this CD set is great therapy!
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Heard CAR TALK CLASSICS: FOUR PERFECTLY GOOD HOURS (High Bridge Company), written and read by Ray Magliozzi and Tom Magliozzi.

It features four complete shows from the authors' wacky call-in program on National Public Radio. Now I must confess to not being a "car guy," but that said, I laughed at much of what these real-life brothers (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) had to say. In addition, I perhaps even learned a thing or two.

The calls covered a range of topics, ranging from how do you tow 9,000 pounds of barbecue equipment to how do you remove a stench from your car that can't seem to come out, and they almost always included bits of humor that didn't come across as scripted.

My only regret is that original episodes of CAR TALK are no longer on the air, in that the Magilozzi brothers retired in 2012.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike Fitz on September 19, 2013
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I purchased this for my father who is losing his eyesight and looking for alternate entertainment to TV.
A couple of guys talking cars. They know their subject and have that "front stoop" sense of humor that
lets you laugh while you learn. He enjoyed this a great deal.
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By Sam Hill on June 12, 2014
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I like the idea of recycling and Good Will making a buck too! Good condition and I really enjoyed the CDs.
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By C. A. Bergman on January 29, 2014
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My father refers to them often. I've never listened to them. But if my father likes the material, it's worth the purchase. I love being able to have it shipped directly to him. Thank you Amazon!!
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By Holly Golightly on January 18, 2014
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My husband and friends get to enjoy this at their shop. Will probably purchase more tapes when the time is right
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