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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reissue edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055358037X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553580372
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,194,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Ray Romano's Everybody Loves Raymond is the most important TV comedy since Seinfeld. Now he makes his debut as an author with a reported seven-figure book deal. Some of what makes his show great is captured between the covers of Everything and a Kite--it boasts the same affectionate, yet not cheaply sentimental, comedy that conveys actual insights about family life, an experience Martin Mull has likened to "having a bowling alley installed in your brain." The show is like Married... with Children with a heart or Home Improvement with a brain.

In book form, Romano is kind of like Dave Barry. Barry is funnier on the page, but Romano writes a good spritz-of-consciousness monologue. And Barry dared not utter the word prostate in Dave Barry Turns 50, but Romano provides a state-of-the-art prostate-exam reminiscence. There is no shame he shuns--not his fear of spiders, exacerbated when he splooshed one off his windshield with the washer button through the moonroof into the car while driving, nor his sexual-conquest count ("one less than the number of times I've been stung by a bee... greater than the number of times I've put a pet to sleep... exactly equal to the number of times I've been crapped on by a bird"). But Romano stole his title: when he asked his 4-year-old son what he wanted for his birthday, the kid said, "Everything and a kite." --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Star of the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, the amiably bemused Romano here puts his stand-up act on the page, and?despite a few dull patches?remains amusingly down-to-earth. The title refers to one of his kids' birthday requests, and the Queens-raised, Italian-American comic can mine the family/kids/guyhood comedy lode with the best of 'em. "Bugs are simply our jurisdiction," Romano says of men and the marriage contract and the task of killing creepy-crawlies, while parents could use a "nap pressure gauge" to monitor their child's consciousness. How often does a guy with four kids have sex? Well, "the next day I pay my estimated tax." Most of Romano's shtick seems believable, and even the stuff that clearly stretches?like his taking off his pants to keep alert while driving?seems in character. Romano's "proud history of accumulated neuroses" apparently gives him the perspective to appreciate the concept that "your happiness peaks at three," as when his daughter daydreams about... candy. Major ad/promo; simultaneous BDD audio cassette and CD.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The funniest book I've read.
terry harmon
I ordered the audio CD of this book, and I am quite pleased that I did.
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This is a short book with very large spacing, so it's a quick read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Antimony3 on August 26, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book partly because I happen to enjoy Ray Romano's comedic style. If you like the TV show then you will probably like this book.

I'd definitely recommend the audiobook over the paper version b/c it's all about the delivery! Do be forewarned though that there is so profanity in the book. It's not used flagrantly but if that sort of stuff offends you, you may want to take heed. If you buy the audioversion then just don't listen to it with the kids in the car unless you want them to repeat the bad language - it's promient enough for them to pick up on it. This is a very quick read and if you have kids you will certainly appreciate many of the stories that Ray shares with his audience. They are very funny. Worth purchasing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Frost on April 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
And why shouldn't it be? The book, like the show, is observational comedy based on his own family. Every page seemed to have something on it that would garner at least an audible chuckle, if not better. But one warning......don't read this when you're around your spouse/significant other, though. You'll end up reading it a second time out loud!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Señor Jang on November 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Don't expect any detailed plots or intelligent twists and turns. This book is hilarious because it focuses on Ray and his view of life. If you like his kind of funny, you will love this book.

Recommended for Ray fans!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Since a lot of reviews have already been submitted for this book, I will skip the general background information and launch straight into my opinions. First, the publisher played some games with the book. The spacing and type font make it look much longer than it is. Instead of 209 pages it's really more like 100 pages of material. I understand the realities of business require this kind of thing once in a while, but this book went way too far with the stretching. Second, I thought that a lot of the material was a little stale. I felt like I heard a lot of it before. Otherwise, the book is funny and worthwhile. Don't get me wrong--I'm a big *Everybody Loves Raymond* fan and enjoyed the book. My advice: snag it from the bargain bin
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
In Ray's highly funny book, Everything and a Kite, he explains funny situations that has happend to him in the recent and non-recent past. He focus' his story a lot on his kids. I think they have been an inspiration mainly in his life. He also makes sure that everyone in his family has a say in his book,he wouldn't want to leave anyone out now. This book really made me laugh out loud. If I was you read this book when there is no one around, unless you like people looking at you awkwardly! His real life almost portrays his television show to a "T." I would highly recommend this book to anybody, except for young children. It does have a little profanity, but not a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Smith on January 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I'm not even a big fan of Everybody Love Ramond. I watch WWf Wrestling instead. But I bought his book because I have seen Ray on tv and I thought he was kinda funny. And this book was very funny. I really enjoyed it. He told a lot of great stories about being a Dad and his love of soup and pistachios. I had to put the book down a couple times because I was laughing so hard. If anyone knows of another book this funny, let me know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed Ray Ramano's book more than any other comedian's book I've read. It's laid back but still halarious. Keep it up Ray!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jazzy on April 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this in the audiobook form to listen in my car on the way to work and almost had to pull off the road numerous times from the hysterical laughing. Give yourself a treat! Buy it for yourself. Buy it for your best friend. Buy it for somebody that needs a good laugh. This is just too good to be missed. I especially enjoyed the audiobook because Ray himself narrates it. If you like to laugh, and who doesn't, you must get this. You won't be disapointed. 5 STAR PLUS! Ray, if you read this, I'd love to spend an evening just listening to you talk about anything. My treat, Burger King..........
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