This week's audio book is "A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George by Kelly Carlin
Reviewed by: Jennifer Chretien, reference librarian
Kelly Carlin was born at the beginning of her father's iconic and controversial career. She drove right along with her parents in their beat up old Dodge from gig to gig as her father began his iconic career. Her teens were spent among the extraordinarily privileged teens of the Los Angeles suburbs with no care for, or concept of, experiences and troubles faced by her peers outside of the bubble of celebrity and privilege. Despite her access to expensive cars, drugs, and luxury, Carlin's life was hardly idyllic. Her parents were both drug addicts and more often than not Carlin had to parent herself.
While this book offers tremendous insight into George Carlin, the family man, it is primarily a autobiography of Kelly Carlin's experiences and relationships. Still, fans of George Carlin will appreciate this rare glimpse into his life as a father. That alone is well worth the listen. As for Kelly, while I appreciate her experiences and her honesty, many times she comes across as a self-indulgent and spoiled name dropper. I found myself wishing she would stop complaining and go back to stories about her father.
Rating: 2.5 stars