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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

George Carlin
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Oct. 1 2004
George Carlins legendary irreverence and iconoclasm are on full display in When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? as he vainly scours the American landscape for signs of intelligence in his third national bestseller. Ranging from his absurdist side (Message from a Cockroach; TV News: The Death of Humpty Dumpty; Tips for Serial Killers) to his unerring ear for American speech (Politician Talk; Societal Clichs; Euphemisms: 13 sections) to his unsparing views on America and its values (War, God, Stuff Like That; Zero Tolerance; Tired of the Handi-crap), Carlin delivers everything that his fans expect, and then adds a few surprises.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. There's no better way to enjoy one of Carlin's books than to hear him read it himself. With his gravelly voice, Carlin sounds like a foul-mouthed, grumpy grandfather as he riffs on everything from politics and the improper use of language to plane-boarding etiquette and the differences between the sexes. He's alternately crude ("Every evening at seven-thirty, citizens and consumers get a chance to sound off and air their complaints. Don't miss Blow It Out Your Ass!...") and outrageously funny (such as when he compares people of faith to UFO believers), and he's always irreverent ("A children's museum sounds like a good idea, but I would imagine it's not very easy to breathe inside the little glass cases"). The one topic that gets under his skin is euphemisms and, related to that, political correctness: "I can remember when I was young that poor people lived in slums. Not anymore. These days, the economically disadvantaged occupy substandard housing in the inner cities. It's so much nicer for them." Needless to say, Carlin has his comic timing down pat. His energetic reading is punctuated by conversational bits ("Hah? Whaddya think? Maybe?") and enhanced by his deft vocal variation (such as when he's narrating the "Continuing Story of Mary & Joseph"), making listeners will feel as if they've got a front-row seat at one of his comedy shows.
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The latest book by longtime stand-up comic Carlin will undoubtedly join his previous "acts" in book form on the best-seller lists, so expect demand. Here are more of his irreverent, hilarious takes on contemporary social and political issues; as anyone who is familiar with his routines and books knows, Carlin doesn't let current notions of what is politically correct stand in the way of his taking a jab. So this series of short observations, one flung at the reader right after another, encompasses the Ten Commandments ("a padded list"), an anti-plastic surgery stance ("Ugliness should be a permanent condition"), body maintenance ("Every time you clip [a toenail], the little clipped part flies several feet away. You notice that?"), and euphemistic language (the first instance was being instructed to call his aunt's mole a "beauty mark"). The book is not meant to be read straight through but, rather, dipped into here and there. The language is explicit; therefore, this is not recommended for readers advocating propriety in speech on every occasion. Brad Hooper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than his previous books... Dec 15 2004
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With more original material (just written for the book) and literally more content (pages) than his other two books, George Carlin still provides some of the best comedy ever, even at his age! I bought Napalm and Silly Putty a year ago and can still read it on a weekly basis and feel interested, amused and entertained. I also listen to George Carlin's Audio CD's and live performances every second day, and it's even better to hear him live. I suggest buying the Audio CD version of this book if you want to enjoy Carlin's voice work for this book. However, if you are looking for a very funny book by an amazing comedian, this is it!

George Carlin pwns me (and you)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? Oct. 23 2004
My question is this: If you don't like the comedy of George Carlin, and if you consider yourself a "Christian" and I use that term loosely, then WHY are you on this site at all? '
Now that that's out of the way, this is one funny book. If anyone read NAPALM AND SILLY PUTTY or his brilliant BRAINDROPPINGS, and you loved those, belive me, this one is even better.
Sure, this is irreverent and at times crude. What isn't nowadays? How about the war? But the genius of Carlin is that he's got an element of seriousness about him. He's like Chris Rock--very funny but telling the truth at the same time, saying what all or most of us are thinking but too afraid to say.
Do yourself a favor and get this hilarious new book and if not, then get over yourselves and stop bashing poor George. On second thought, don't, since you're only proving a point of his about ignorant people.
Regina Marketington of Delaware
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lighten up! Oct. 20 2004
Sheeze! It's comedy, folks. Part of what makes things funny is truth, pain, drama, etc. As Seinfield once said, when asked why his show was set in NYC instead of LA, his response was "There's nothing to push against in LA." Not to knock that town, but NY is such a hotbed of weirdness and such that it's automatically a soundingboard for comedy. Such is the case with George Carlin. The guy speaks the truth and many times the truth is both funny and painful. Carlin never gave into the idea that success is garnered through following rules, especially society's. It's good to see that nothing has changed as far as he's concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Oct. 18 2004
To say that George Carlin has a way with words would be an understatement. While he's one of the funniest men ever to grace the planet, his humor has an underlying current of darkness. But then, that's where humor really comes from: from truth, darkness, pain, etc. Carlin knows this, as all good comedians do, but chooses to expose it from time to time--something not all of them do. If you enjoyed his book BRAINDROPPINGS, then you'll LOVE this one.
Would also recommend DRESS YOUR FAMILY by Sedaris and THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny as hell... Nov. 4 2004
By Bozo
After reading "Napalm and silly-putty" a few years ago, I was eiger to bite into this one as soon as it came out. This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Except for the scatological stuff (the reason I'm not giving this book 5 stars), I found myself laughing at George's comments and bits on everything from religion to Yuppies...I hope he lives long enough to write many more books like that.
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