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Rich Man, Poor Man by [Carolla, Adam]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 9073 KB
  • Print Length: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype (January 17, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 17, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T5HD0A
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Dave Edmiston TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2012
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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.
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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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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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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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This is more of a graphic novel than a book.
It is formatted to always display a double page at a time- Title Card (such as "Doesnt own a wallet") then an illustration of the rich guy case. The next page is the poor guy case and short humorous write up about the contrast. Because they wanted the double page format to get the jokes grouped and presented together this book wouldn't translate well to a regular Kindle which is probably why it isnt available. Kindle for PC would work, probably better than a tablet, well but doesnt seem to be available.

Also note that the layout means you can't zoom or re-size the font like is normal on a Kindle. The display font is about 6point so you may want to consider that if you have vision problems.

Narren's illustrations are enjoyable and add to humor. Some are little more than the central figure with a bland background wash. However a couple, such as the poor man car collector or the rich man using a wheeled ladder are fully realized pictures with edge to edge detail. Quite well done.

As far as the Rich Man/Poor Man conceit- we know it and it is quite humorously done here. Hard core fans would have heard all of these before, but this is a fun, if not uproarious retelling.

In order to bump it up another star I think I would have like more of an exploration of what psychologically creates these similarities. Do both feel intellectually liberated from convention- one by financial independence and one by having nothing to loose? Even if money is no object I dont see a middle class person jumping at the chance to install an outdoor shower.

Over all an enjoyable experience and all though a little uneven still miles funnier than Whoopie's book. This would make a good gift for a Carolla fan although the e-only format right now might limit the reach.

3.5 star
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