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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Carlin Narrator: Patrick Carlin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As one of America's most pre-eminent comedians, with 50 years worth of material and appearances on the international comedy circuit, George Carlin saw it all and made fun of most of it. Blending his signature acerbic humor with never before told stories from his own life, Last Words is part comedy routine, part reflection, and all original. Written with bestselling author Tony Hendra, Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy and commentary of the last century.

Carlin's journey to stardom began in the rough and tumble neighborhoods of New York in the 1940s and '50s, where class and culture wars planted the seeds for some of his earliest material. Carlin describes his major influences as an up and coming comic, talking about the origins of some of his most famous stand up routines including the notorious Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television. Sparing no detail, Carlin describes his life and career, discussing his own battle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and the unique worldview that informed so much of his stand up. From the high points on stage to the low points few knew about, read by his brother Patrick Carlin, Last Words is George Carlin's life told with the same unblinking honesty that defined his comedy and made him one of the best loved comedians in American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Frank and insightful.”

    Time

  • “The book is at turns biting and touching, and often both, which is what you would expect from a man for whom the sacred was profane and the profane, sacred.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This is not a collection of setups and punch lines, but a candid, fearless accounting of his life and art...Last Words shows a comic master at the height of his storytelling powers and with no limit to what he had left to say.”

    LA Times

  • “For comedy fans, this book is vital. It's easily worth its weight in gold for the biting observations on showbiz and its personalities.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Seven particular words are associated with the late comedian George Carlin, and sentimental is not one of them. But that's the surprising portrait that emerges from Last Words.”

    Houston Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kate | 2/13/2014

    " Lovely last chapter about the wisdom of managing to rise above the "must take sides" political climate of the day. Some of the pieces were just hilarious. Others were heartbreaking. RIP a true comedic genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris Jennings | 1/30/2014

    " Carlin is an under rated comic genius who pushed the boundaries of mainstream society. As much as I love everything that he stood for and admire him as a comic, this book should have been better. As far as a biography goes, it haphazardly jumps in somewhat of a chronological order, but I felt like major chunks were missing. The book is at its best when he gets into the intricate workings of his mind when developing certain bits and his on and off relationship with drugs. If you're a big Carlin fan you should check it out. If you're only a semi-fan, just stick to some of his memorable stand-up albums and you'll be good to go. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rosie Beck | 1/21/2014

    " If you like George's quirky sense of humor you will like this biography. We're gonna miss this old hippie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Cameron | 1/20/2014

    " Pretty well written but I lost interest during a lot of thie book. All addicts seem compelled to write about their problem but their stories are all the same. "

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