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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 1, 1900)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889419
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Rock This reads like a collection of Chris Rock's routines, and that's the book's only flaw. A little more of Rock himself would be nice--maybe something that's a cross between an autobiography and Rock's routine transcribed for print. That said, Rock This is a very funny book. The young comedian speaks his mind about a variety of topics: race, sex, drugs, O. J. Simpson, and relationships between men and women. Occasionally profane and wrong-headed, most of the time Rock's wry observations--his assessments of the Reverend Al Sharpton and the Reverend Jesse Jackson are dead-on--make you nod your head in acknowledgment of their truth, even as you shake with laughter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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... somehow this equal-opportunity offender manages to come off as a nice young man you'd be proud to introduce to your parents, riff though he might on how sexy Aunt Jemima could be in a pinch... --Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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...I bought 2 copies of this book since I lost one!!
Lorrie Irby
The organization of the book is also excellent and his use of larger type to draw attention to certain words in the bits actually works pretty well.
"ahmadku"
I would recommend this book to any one who loves to read comedy.
BAM BAM

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hi. Sure some of this material is recycled...it's still funny...
Nothing is taboo...All sacred cows are sent to the Burger King.
Rightly so, Chris skewers everything and everyone.
Race, religion, sex, and women...
Clinton, politics, talk shows, r & b, and hip-hop till you don't stop...
He'll make you recognize the truths in everyday life.
He'll make you laugh at the absurdity of it all.
He'll make you cry over the state of the world today.
He wants to awaken our senses to what's goin on...to quote the great Marvin Gaye.
He wants to educate and enlighten.
He's even cool enough to mention that a white man helped him with the creation of this book.
He wants us to love one another.
God Bless. Peace
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gibrilm@asdlondon.dss-asd.gov.uk on November 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I don't normaly read this kind of books but Chris Rock has changed all that. This is the most Hilarious book I have every read.I never seen Chris on stage but if he can write like this I am sure he is Hilarious his stage as well. I have read the whole book in one go without puting it down, believe me it was that funny.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Plethr on July 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I purchased this book, I thought that it would be somewhat of a window into the life on Chris Rock and his comedy. When I read it, I realized that it is specifically his written work...word for word. If you have seen or heard his shows already, I do not suggest purchasing this book, for you will receive a repeat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabor Szeifert Jr. on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Well- I just finished reading "Rock This!". Chris Rock is one of the funniest people to have ever come off of "Saturday Night Live"- and this book proves it. Rock talks about every single topic imaginable in this book: sex, blacks, whites, gays, political figures, his childhood, his friends, drugs, life in the ghetto, and of course Aunt Tom! This book will keep you laughing all night long! Buy it today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luis Hernandez on May 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Known for his hilarious, controversial standup comedy, Saturday Night Live alum and major Hollywood star Chris Rock takes his hard-core comedy to the pages of this hysterical, no-holds barred book. In "Rock This," Rock writes about many things that modern society has to face or experienced, including the question of whether to allow gays in the military, Bill Clinton's sexual scandals, and OJ Simpson (in the case of the latter, Rock goes off on Simpson and his obvious guilt in the murder of his ex-wife, which is a change in the overall opinion most African-Americans have on that controversial case). Using incredible wit, sarcasm, and hilarious imagery, "Rock This" won me over instantly. This is the first humor book since Howard Stern's "Private Parts" that captured my attention all the way, and just like Stern, Rock shows that he doesn't really care how people react when speaking his mind or just poking fun of stereotypes.
As one of only a handful of Saturday Night Live alums to actually have written a book (others include Steve Martin and Julia Sweeney), Rock definitely captivates his reading audience by just being his crazy, funny, and wild self. In the same tradition as his award-winning HBO series, "The Chris Rock Show," (also available on Amazon for purchase) Rock shows that he truly has inherited the throne as the King of African-American Comedy that Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy once held.
"Rock This" is one of the best books I have read in such a long time. If you are looking for a good laugh, purchase this book. You won't be disappointed at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CT on June 27, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THIS IS NOT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. At first I was really dissapointed, however, soon after I discovered that this is more like a script of all his work, I enjoyed the book. Most of the jokes in here have been used on his stand-up shows. So if you're a huge "I've seen all his work" Chris Rock fan, than probably you won't find anything new here. If you just watched him on TV for the first time or you saw the hype all over the media, and you'd like to see more, then by all means, buy this book. I did, and I laughed my butt off.
His comedy makes fun of everything. Every kind of stereotype imaginable is insulted here. So if you don't dig this kind of stuff, then don't even go pass the first page.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dobrovip" on October 22, 1997
Format: Hardcover
In this era of "you're a comedian, so why not write a book," Chris Rock represents a departure in the best sense of the word. Leave it to others to make "nice" about wives, babies and other safe stuff, Chris has the conviction to talk about some issues that really matter. His take on the divisions between Black America cut to the heart of the issue in this country. He's not the 90's Eddie Murphy; he's better than that. I read his book then saw George Carlin in person within the week. If you appreciate the irreverance of Carlin (re; advertising, religion, yuppies, etc.) you'll find Rock speaks of similar truths.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BAM BAM on February 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Chris Rock book is hilarious. It is filled with things that teenagers can relate to. There are lots of things in this book that will have you bust out in laugher. Chris Rock includes in his book about why white people can't use the N word. This book has everthing the good old days, O.J, Clinton, and the problem with living in the ghetto. I would recommend this book to any one who loves to read comedy. I read a few pages to my friends and they went out and bought a copy for them selves. This book is perfect to read on a plane, bus, on when you have free time. And if you dont have the book yet I suggest you go out and buy it now.
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