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Last Words: A Memoir

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Patrick Carlin

6 Hours 25 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

November 2009

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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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  • Anonymous

    It was a bit hard to understand his brother, his NY accent and smoker's voice was very difficult. Hearing some of the very long and drawn out stories of his drug and alcohol binges could have been whittled down also.

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  • Drew

    As a longtime fan of George Carlin, I definitely looked forward to the release of this book. As read by his brother Patrick Carlin, you sometimes forget who you're listening to. With typical Carlin insights, the book is an interesting romp through the life and times of a man who went from TV star to road comedian to gold albums to movies and HBO specials. Along the way we are introduced to his childhood, his mother, his father, his brother, his first wife and a crazy journey through drugs, wild success, regrets, and ultimate triumph as one of the greatest and most innovative comedians of our time. If you are a Carlin fan (especially of his later material), it is worth a listen.

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