- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rich Man, Poor Man Kindle Edition
|Length: 72 pages|
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like to actually read the book without being forced to leave a review it keeps kicking me back to this reviewPublished on February 3, 2014 by C. Steele
I like Carolla. I think the premise is clever. I was Just suprised to buy a book that is 5 pages long.Published on January 1, 2014 by Topaz
The Ace-man hits pay dirt, again. His humor is not for the politically correct crowd, but his satire hits home with everyone. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 on August 17, 2013 by Newman
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 on July 12, 2013 by steveindanville
Totally felt like the entire book was an introduction to the book...
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...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
Really short but also really funny. Adam has a unique sense off humor and an original concept. Keep the pirate ship goingPublished on December 9, 2012 by Chuck
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