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This review is from: They Call Me Baba Booey (Hardcover)Let me first preface this review by stating that I am a long-term fan of Howard Stern's radio show and a fan of Gary Dell'Abate himself. That being said, I found this book to be quite boring and highly irrelevant. As stated above, I find Gary to be a likable father and husband. His rise from record salesman to producer of the most successful morning radio show in the history of radio is quite commendable. But as the basis for a 280 page text it falls far short in terms of entertainment value. Frankly, if Howard was not promoting this book, and Gary was not calling in favors on Letterman and Kimmel,it would not be selling. As other reviewers have stated, there are absolutely no revealing details or "behind the scenes" information on the Stern show. As a book about a radio producer and his life... it is weak and inconsequential.
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Initial post: May 21, 2011 5:06:14 AM PDT
R. G. Kaelin says:
100% AGREE - SPOT ON REVIEW
Posted on Jun 1, 2011 12:39:49 PM PDT
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Red Gimp says:
This is right on review. Most folks bought the hardcover as fans and as a loyality for the all the times Gary was the object of jokes. But the book was not well written and boring. Now the paperback is out exploting Artie Lange's disabilities and recovery. Gary defends is addition buy contacting Artie's family... after the fact. I also believe that there is a revenge factor by Gary because of the comments Artie made after the Afg. trip. Think about Kimmel, Scott DePace, etc. The use of a person with a disability is one of the reasons Eric the Actor doesn't want to return.
I am impressed by Mrl Shikora's review. It is honest and not personal.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2011 7:56:06 PM PDT
Evan S. Shikora says:
Thanks for the kind words. Yes, I am a fan of The Stern Show in general and Gary in particular. This weak text was, however, nothing short of mediocre.
Posted on Aug 2, 2013 7:18:17 PM PDT
J. P Snedeker says:
The book was not supposed to be about revealing details or behind-the-scenes information about the Stern show. It's a book about Gary's life. That's what you should be reviewing, not something the book is not. I found it fun to read and informative enough.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2013 9:36:03 PM PDT
Evan S. Shikora says:
Thanks for the review of the review JP. I always consider my subject thoroughly prior to any words that are attached to my name. Considering the amount of attention Gary got on the show and on his subsequent book tour, most of the people I spoke with felt a bit betrayed by its lack of substantive content. Apparently, the tell all will be written after Howard retires!
Posted on Oct 28, 2013 1:30:47 PM PDT
John Cocktoasten says:
Ta Ta Toothey.
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