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124 of 143 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you already know Adam's body of work I don't need to convince you.

For those looking to judge the book by the cover and are just looking to complain how the 'man show guy' is being a 'sexist pig' - take the time to read the pages and, if you have an open mind, you will find yourself laughing at his takes and actually agreeing with many.

The book is actually rather well written and organized perfectly to keep the reader entertained. Although it is laid out to be more of a bathroom reader, you will likely find yourself not being able to put the book down and eventually wanting more.
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101 of 120 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
50 years? Oh, that we had that long. Unlike most of these "reviewers" I've actually read this book and can honestly say Carolla writes with a jaunty combo of pith and panache that evokes the best of Hemingway, Mailer and Rickles. Makes a great ironic gift for your boss, if your boss is Gloria Allred.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
I'll admit, I've been an Adam Carolla fan since I heard him on Loveline and saw him on the Man Show. I was baffled when "The Adam Carolla Project" didn't turn into a multi-season show. This guy is a real man, which based off what is spewed across the various types of media in front of me, I'll assume is pretty damn rare in Hollywood these days. While it's easy to see the fruits of his labor have finally paid off for him financially, it's refreshing to see a guy who earned his level of a lifestyle still continue to do what he knows how to do instead of become another pompous a-hole with a checkbook sitting around in white shorts and dock shoes smoking a damn cigar with a sweater draped over his shoulders. Instead of crying about how hard it is to work x days a week and be rich, the man encourages people to keep working despite success and the guy leads by example in my opinion.

He's funny because he's not afraid of being politically incorrect, but I doubt he sat down saying "How many topics can I talk about to sound politically incorrect." He's simply got the balls to publicly say what the few remaining real men in this world say only when they're inside their comfort zone, that is to their buddies. It's refreshing to see someone being honest by saying that he'd rather have been in the parking lot handing out cigars while his kids were being born, why white people with nothing else to worry about in life make up the majority of people who participate in fantasy sports, and why only a self entitled clown says they "rescued" a dog when they merely picked the cutest one out of the caged confines of the shelter.

I titled this review as such to let you know it's worth buying a second copy to give to a buddy because in honesty, the minute you start into it you're going to want to laugh about something you read with a buddy at the bar and few of us are capable of capturing the comedy written on these pages. In the days of pirated everything, I'm sure there are a hundred sites you can steal the book from digitally out there, but I'll simply say you're not doing yourself justice going that route. I bought the paperback and I'm going to break one of Ace's rules by giving it to a friend, but only because I'm ordering the hardcover for my shelf so I can enjoy this rapidly vanishing brand of humor and honesty for years to come.

Before you self righteous book critics take another attempt at slamming the book or even my review of it, remember one thing; Ace hasn't spent his life reading books let alone writing them, he's not going for a Pulitzer prize, and finally I'm not claiming to know much more than the right way to spell literary genius. I'm a damn guy who puts in his 50 hours a week, doesn't piss money away on lottery tickets looking for the big freebie from the imaginary man in the sky, and enjoys listening to Carolla's humor as suck down a beer or two while I wrench on a car or fix up my house during the 2-3 hours of free man time I'm lucky enough to have each week. If you haven't checked out his podcasts, you're missing out on the entertainment value of any chapter of this book free to your ears (and eyes) on a daily basis.
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
As the title of my review suggests, this book is 3/5th awesome.

Why did I word it that way? Allow me to explain.

I didn't give the book three out of five stars because it was just "ok." Rather, I gave it three out of five stars because 3/5th of the book is outstanding and the rest is....filler.

The first half of the book made me laugh out loud regularly and want to stand up while saying "yes! Exactly!" His commentary is spot on and needs to be read by every wimpy, "progressive-minded" person out there. As well as all the chicks who want guys to be more sensitive. Oh and a whole host of politicians.

Where the book fails is in the obvious filler that exists in the second half of the book. It is very clear that he had half of a book's worth of material and the publishers said "hey, you need more stuff. So just look around your house for stuff to complain about."

The second half comes across exactly that way -- like a guy who just walked around his house and/or the grocery store and said "yeah, I don't like that. I'll rant about that for a page or so." Pizza? Pie? Do I really want to read Adam Carolla whine about why cake is inferior to pie but sells more? No.

In short, he does an excellent job of pointing out some of the absurdities in how our lives have become increasingly feminized and how men have, by and large, completely given up. And he does so while making the reader laugh regularly. That is, if the reader isn't a completely wimp-a-fied weenie already.

Had the book been cut in half, I would give it five stars.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
What makes Adam Carolla unique is that most of his views are diametrically opposed to what we hear from most of Hollywood. He doesn't fit into the predictable mold in these "PC" times where most people with a voice are afraid to really express their thoughts. I find it refreshing and also very funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I first became a fan of Adam Carolla from listening to Love Line years ago on the radio. I hadn't yet discovered his podcast when I saw this book for sale back in November. I was skeptical about whether his very funny verbal delivery would translate well into the written word and still be just as funny. It does and is. After finishing the book I gave it to a friend who had never heard of Adam. He laughed out loud by page 3, where Adam compares the shame he felt in 5th grade over his inability to read, after spending years in ceramics classes at an alternative school, to the shame that's felt by incest survivors, only he was raped by a potter's wheel.

Not only is he funny, but he makes some really interesting points about human nature. He's got great insight. He makes me laugh, and think. That's a wonderful combo. I don't agree with all of his rantings, but I agree with the majority, which surprises me sometimes. Considering I'm a white female in my forties who is admittedly not the biggest fan of the track record of white males through history, that's an accomplishment. Humor has a wonderful ability to disarm people and get them to laugh at themselves and the world. I've enjoyed Adam's humor disarming some of my perceptions and helping me to look at things from another angle, exposing me to some of my own prejudices that I wasn't fully aware of. And even tho he is at times an unrepentant pig about his lust for women, he expresses it in a way that I can't help but laugh at, instead of getting turned off and defensive as I usually do when hearing men objectify women. OMG, am I starting to understand men????

I also really appreciated what he shared about his own struggles with finding his path in life and particularly how he feels that having some drive in your life is more important than whether or not you believe in yourself. Knowing he didn't always believe in himself but just kept pushing forward regardless, was hugely comforting to hear. Who doesn't have doubts about what they're capable of?

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because some of his writing/ranting was about TV shows, celebrities and media that I have never heard of and have no interest in. I did skim over several sections because I had no idea who or what he was referring to so whatever was funny about it was lost on me. But overall, a great and fun read on many levels.
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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love funny. Adam Carolla is funny. As a former tradesman, I appreciate a man with a work ethic and who is good with a trowel. His sharp observations remind me of a "jobsite philosopher" who made it big.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2010
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I purchased this audio book based solely on the reviews from other listeners/readers. Personally, I've never heard of Adam Carolla - I guess I need to get out more. Anyway, I loved his canter and honesty about the myriad of subject matters he discussed. The language is a bit too racey for those not cotton to vulgar language - but fortunately, I'm not one of those. As he discusses in the CD audio book, you get more than in the book as he often has "side bars" in which he deviates or discusses last-minute things that did not go into the book. In this regard, listening to the audio book is better than reading the book. Besides, it is great to listen in the car back and forth to work. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
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Terrific ramblings from the Alfred P Doolittle ("the most original moral philosopher...") of the 21th century
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2010
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
As a devoted fan of Adam Carolla's podcast, I had high expectations for his manifesto IN FIFTY YEARS WE'LL ALL BE CHICKS; I wasn't disappointed. This book is the perfect bathroom reader, a collection of ranting essays on topics from public-toilet courtesies to sexual harassment seminars. Carolla is a brilliant, highly irritable man who has learned to express his frustrations in an entertaining and hilarious way, and it shows in his book. Highly recommended.
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