Last Words by George Carlin audiobook

Last Words: A Memoir

By George Carlin , with Tony Hendra
Read by Patrick Carlin

Simon & Schuster Audio
6.40 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9781442303195

Now in paperback, this posthumous work by an American classic was a fitting last book, an instant bestseller, and a huge success! One of the undisputed heavyweight champions of American comedy, with nineteen appearances on the Johnny Carson show, thirteen HBO specials, five Grammys, and a critical Supreme Court battle over censorship under his belt, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career, and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acerbic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life, including encounters with a Who’s Who of 1970s celebrity—from Lenny Bruce to Hugh Hefner—and the origins of some of his most famous standup routines. Carlin’s early conflicts, his long struggle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and his triumphs over catastrophic setbacks all fueled the unique comedic worldview he brought to the stage. From the heights of stardom to the low points few knew about, Last Words is told with the same razor-sharp wit and unblinking honesty that made Carlin one of the best-loved comedians in American history.

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A New York Times bestseller

Now in paperback, this posthumous work by an American classic was a fitting last book, an instant bestseller, and a huge success!

One of the undisputed heavyweight champions of American comedy, with nineteen appearances on the Johnny Carson show, thirteen HBO specials, five Grammys, and a critical Supreme Court battle over censorship under his belt, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career, and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last half century, blending his signature acerbic humor with never-before-told stories from his own life, including encounters with a Who’s Who of 1970s celebrity—from Lenny Bruce to Hugh Hefner—and the origins of some of his most famous standup routines. Carlin’s early conflicts, his long struggle with substance abuse, his turbulent relationships with his family, and his triumphs over catastrophic setbacks all fueled the unique comedic worldview he brought to the stage. From the heights of stardom to the low points few knew about, Last Words is told with the same razor-sharp wit and unblinking honesty that made Carlin one of the best-loved comedians in American history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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

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Author Bio: George Carlin

Author Bio: George Carlin

George Carlin (1937–2008) was a highly influential, award-winning stand-up comedian, author and performer. Receiving both critical acclaim and popular support throughout his career, his professional accomplishments include twenty-three comedy albums, three bestselling books, fourteen HBO specials and five Grammy wins. He has also been awarded the Freedom of Speech Award and The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English