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Rich Man, Poor Man [Kindle Edition]

Adam Carolla
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Sold by: Random House LLC

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Book Description

If you turn on the evening news or listen to NPR you’ll be bombarded with a non-stop parade of commentators pontificating on the ever expanding gap between the rich and the poor.  But is the chasm really that wide?  In Rich Man Poor Man, comedian and bestselling author Adam Carolla exposes the phenomena that are embraced by the really rich and the really poor--but never the middle class--like having an outdoor shower, wearing your pajamas all day, or always having your dog with you. Combining Adam's inimitable comedic voice and four-color illustrations by his friend Michael Narren, Rich Man Poor Man is a hilariously accurate look at what the people born with silver spoons in their mouths have in common with the people whose only utensils are plastic sporks stolen from a Shakey's.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9073 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (January 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T5HD0A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Carolla's finest January 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge Adam Carolla fan. I take a lot of heat from my wife and kids for listening to his daily podcast so zealously ("Did you listen to your *boyfriend* today dad?"). Whatever.

I hadn't heard much about this "book", but Adam was plugging it on his podcast last weekend and I figured I'd check it out. I liked his previous book, In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks, so what's the harm in checking this one out? Plus I don't spend a dime on his daily podcast, so what's the harm in supporting his cause, right?

Well, this one was a disappointment.

Let's break it down:

First of all, Adam is a verbal guy, not really a written guy. His voice and tone just didn't seem to come through in these pages.

Secondly, this wasn't really a "book" per se. It's an illustrated picture book, kind of like a feature in Mad Magazine (not that there's anything wrong with that). So there really isn't much meat to sink your teeth into. I counted 37 pages (counting the cover and copyright page). That's it. I read it in one sitting in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep. Then I still couldn't sleep.

Finally, this is an eBook created for devices like the Kindle Fire and the iPad. But somehow the formatting didn't quite work. The pages were scaled down to a size smaller than they needed to be on my Kindle Fire. Unlike other text-based books, there's no way to adjust the size ("Font style options are not available for this title"). However, unlike normal graphics, you couldn't pinch to zoom in & out either. So there's one size that doesn't quite fill the screen, and that's it. And no, you can't pick between portrait and landscape. You get landscape, period.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paying for his Podcast January 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a nice read but extremely short for the asking price. You can literally finish reading in under 10 minutes and there is very little reason to read it a second time. When it was stated that it was around 70 pages, you would think that meant a similar number of situations, which is not the case.

If you're buying this, you are doing it more as a "thank you' for the free podcast than for the book itself. If you view it that way, then the price seems a bit more reasonable.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I was expecting more. January 18, 2012
By Bycin
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a big fan of Adam Carolla and pre-ordered this book when I heard him talk about it on his podcast. While the comparisons are funny and the drawings are great, there just isn't enough content to justify a $6 price tag. We're talking six or so scenarios, with a paragraph or two each? This is more of an e-pamphlet than an e-book. I finished it in ten minutes, and that includes a minute or two of staring at the screen in disbelief because I was already at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing for a real Carolla fan January 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm a big fan of Adam's work and was more than happy to order his latest book. I absolutely loved his first book and listen to every podcast, so I'm not just a casual fan. That being said, this is extremely light on content, especially content that is in line with Adam's style. There is more artwork than text and even the text is very generic. It doesn't really sound like Adam. I read the whole thing in less than half an hour and felt like I had wasted my money.

As a fan, I supposed the $6 can be written off as repayment for the many hours of great work he has provided over the last few years completely free of charge. If you're not an avid listener, though, I'd suggest passing on this and either buying his first book or downloading the podcast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "Rich Man, Poor Man' Segment on Paper January 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first caught wind of this release (a couple weeks before its release), I was excited by the prospect and, having just acquired a Kindle Fire, looked forward to the day that it would auto-download and I would be able to start flipping through the pages. I knew this wasn't going to be another novel-sized "In Fifty Years..." OR the oft-mentioned followup still in the works, but like seemingly every other reviewer here I was dismayed at very fast read this e-book offers.

To best illustrate this, think of the typical "Rich Man, Poor Man" segment you've heard on the podcast (you HAVE heard the podcast, haven't you?). Now take out all the nonsense and off-topic rants that get thrown in, and slap it all down on some paper with illustrations. That's about what you get here. Don't get me wrong, what is here is HILARIOUS and, in my opinion, worth the 6 bucks to enjoy. I guess I just didn't expect to be through with it in one (porcelain) sitting.

I, too, could never feel cheated giving the good people at ACE Broadcasting money for intellectual property, regardless of how much or little I enjoy it. I get so much joy every day out of the podcast that I should be paying 6 bucks a WEEK for such high-caliber entertainment. Everything I buy on Amazon for myself or my employer goes through Adam's banner first, so I make as much an effort as possible to support the cause. If I never pick this up again, which I doubt, it will still have been worth it to stuff the pockets of America's best comedian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only available for Kindle or iPad? January 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What about those of us, who are HUGE Ace fans, that have a Sony eReader or Barnes and Noble Nook? Do we need to purchase new devices to enjoy "Rich Man, Poor Man?"

Lynette T.(Tom Petty fan)
from Northern CA, not the wife.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ya
I would like to actually read the book without being forced to leave a review it keeps kicking me back to this review
Published 15 months ago by C. Steele
2.0 out of 5 stars short and sweet
I like Carolla. I think the premise is clever. I was Just suprised to buy a book that is 5 pages long.
Published 17 months ago by Topaz
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ace From The Ace!
The Ace-man hits pay dirt, again. His humor is not for the politically correct crowd, but his satire hits home with everyone. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul Allan Keating
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Carolla
This book could just have pictures, and still be hilarious. The captions are worth the extra $172 that I paid the guy behind Barnes & Nobles.
Published 21 months ago by Kathleen N. Ferry
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
What a waste of $5.99; and I love Adam Carolla. I want my money back! About 20 pages...maybe...of actual written pages?
Published 22 months ago by steveindanville
2.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure
Totally felt like the entire book was an introduction to the book...

Very disappointed... Read more
Published on February 27, 2013 by Phumelele Bezu
2.0 out of 5 stars Purchased Kindle version 15 minutes ago...
...and just finished it. Funny? Yes! Worth $5.99? NO!

Considering that an $11.99 Kindle novel will keep me busy for 12 - 15 hours I'd say the cost per hour (I mean... Read more
Published on December 16, 2012 by Bob Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Really short but also really funny. Adam has a unique sense off humor and an original concept. Keep the pirate ship going
Published on December 9, 2012 by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs up!
Ace does it again! Quick read that points out the similarities between the "haves" & the "have-not s" in a hilarious way.
Published on December 5, 2012 by PattiM
2.0 out of 5 stars Way too short
Funny and entertaining but only kept me busy for 10 min. Am big Carolla fan but this one not worth the money.
Published on December 5, 2012 by mikew
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Adam Carolla is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks and Not Taco Bell Material, as well as a radio and television host, comedian, and actor. Carolla is well known as the cohost of the syndicated radio and MTV show Loveline and the cocreator and star of The Man Show and Crank Yankers. He currently hosts Catch a Contractor and The Adam Carolla Show, which is the Guinness World Record holder for Most Downloaded Podcast and is available on iTunes and

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Kindle fire?
looks like you can't even order it unless you have a Kindle Fire registered to your account. I was hoping it would be compatible with the Kindle For PC app, but it's not, bummer
Jan 10, 2012 by Smokey Ramone |  See all 8 posts
It's already out on iBooks
Jan 19, 2012 by SB |  See all 2 posts
Sony Reader?
it looks like a Kindle Fire exclusive, I've got a regular Kindle and the Kindle For PC app, and Amazon still won't let me order it
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