• Your Dad Stole My Rake

  • And Other Family Dilemmas
  • By: Tom Papa
  • Narrated by: Tom Papa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (460 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author. 

It’s hard being a person, especially in a family, and no one knows that better than stand-up comedian, family man, and Live from Here head writer and performer, Tom Papa. 

How do you deal with a life filled with a whole host of characters and their bizarre, inescapable behavior? Especially when you’re related to them? Tom Papa is here to help you make sense of it all. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm audiobook that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives. He exposes everyone, from crazy aunts with mustaches, grandparents who communicate by yelling, and uncles who use marijuana as a condiment. 

Among the topics covered: 

  • Tiger Mom v. Ice-Cream Mom 
  • Stop Trying to Be Cool 
  • In Defense of Family Vacations 
  • No Fighting Before Coffee 
  • Least Popular Baby Names 
  • Wife Lie Detector 
  • Your Cat Thinks You’re Too Needy 

Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this audiobook.  

©2018 Tom Papa (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"I have been a close friend of Tom Papa for 17 years. His lack of ability to perceive even the most basic principles of human functioning have made him an invaluable asset to me as a friend and colleague.... I would definitely recommend whatever the name of this book is, because I know it comes from a place of pure nonsense without any knowledge of anything. He is really one of my favorite people." (Jerry Seinfeld, comedian and author of SeinLanguage)

"Finally a funny book about parenting. Great observations. Great writing. Actually funny. I've always known Tom was hysterical, now I know he is a great writer and a fantastic storyteller. Can Tom Papa write all books?" (Jim Gaffigan, comedian and author of Dad Is Fat)

"Papa's warm tone and varied timing will draw listeners into the book and enable them to see that, as is the case with most good comedy, there's truth that supports the jokes." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Just didn't do it for me

Sorry, but I have to go against the masses on this one. I really wanted to like this book, life observations are my favorite sort of comedy, partly because it's so easy to relate to. But after listening for several hours I just didn't find the material funny. At all. It just felt like the scripts from his stand-up acts, which can certainly be funny, but after a while it just felt like this never-ending, monotonous stand-up bit. If you're going to write a book, and self-narrate it, then tell some real stories, don't just write down you stand-up bits. Some of the material just felt tired, re-worded versions of routines we've all heard before. I appreciate how hard comedy writing is, and even harder to deliver well, and I really do think Tom is a talented comedian. But I feel like he owed his book audience more than just his stand-up schtick. Comedians see the world in really interesting ways, I guess I was hoping he put more into this book.

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Great For New Fans

To begin, Tom is one of our favorite comedians and we have seen all his specials. That being said, if you have seen his specials this book might be a bit redundant. Much of it is taken from his on stage act and so you are hearing many of the stories/bits he did there.
His new stories are funny and clever and think this is a great first effort for a very talented guy!

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Most enjoyable!

I am so glad I bought this book. I have listened 3 times and I laugh each time!! Wonderful observations. Thoughtful and funny.

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A healthy dose of well… healthy perspective.

While often hilarious, this book also provides poignant reminders to embrace our own imperfections, as well as those of others. This is a refreshing celebration of the hard work and intricate minutiae of decent people coping with the indignities of “being a person”. Before you schedule another appointment with your therapist, read (or listen to) this book… and eat some bread. You might be surprised how good you’ll feel!

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easy listening, very entertaining

without being clownish! author's descriptions of everyday incidents and "regular" family members and friends are presented in a way
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This is a must for every Tom Papa fan.

This is a must for every Tom Papa fan. Hope you do more books Tom Papa.

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Hilarious and humble

Incredible story teller! One need not have grown up Italian in New Jersey to appreciate the candid, humble humor of Tom Papa, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. - Hot Mom from Exit 172

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The Best Book I've Ever Listened To!

I have listened to "books on tape" for so long that when I first started listening to them they literally were on cassette tape. "Your Dad Stole My Rake" by Tom Papa is by far the most insightful and funniest book ever! I love Tom Papa and his deliver is right on.

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Made for a fun drive to WVA!

Thanks Tom, you continue to force to grab my inhaler so I can breathe after I listen. This was one of your best.

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Seen every stand-up, STILL thought it was amazing!

Over the years I've listened to many authors on tape, and a good handful of my favorite comedians with their books, this one blew them all out of the water! Although some of the material may have been heard before in a performance, the telling of the stories and new material weaved in made this for an extremely enjoyable experience. Once again Tom has put a smile on my face, this time as I imagine a wolf-dog in a apartment waiting for its second master to arrive home.

Cheers