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

George Carlin
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Oct. 12 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and insightful Dec 29 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Good book as i am a huge George Carlin fan. The book gets old at times but I always find myself going back to it. Lots of thought provoking reading from George.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than his previous books... Dec 15 2004
By A Customer
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - Controversial - Edgy Dec 21 2004
By Natalie
Once again Carlin holds no punches. He challenges societies norms, encouraging all of us in his own way to make a difference. I find his message to be powerful, passionate and a touch depressing. However, he lessens the sadness with his brilliant comedic touches. Once again Mr. Carlin Thank You for sharing your brilliance and passion with us.
I also stumbled across another gem in a book called Seed's Sketchy Relationship Theories - A Guide to the Perils of Datin(How not to become a bar regular). If you are a Carlin fan I am positive you will enjoy this as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant/Funny Man Dec 3 2004
George Carlin is the master at making us laugh at his questions to the world, and his book is no exception. He does a brilliant job at making yu think....and laughing till your sides hurt while doing it. Unusal and fantastic!
A couple of other good books to read for their profound impact are: NIGHTMARES ECHO by Katlyn Stewart and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS by Augusten Burroughs
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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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