This was an excellent read. I thought it was well written, informative, as well as extremely entertaining. All together a great book. I did feel however it was a bit wordy for an audio. I would recomend the book but in the abridged version. You will not lose anything by listening to the abridged version, if anything it might improve your experience with this book.
I liked this book, but I thought it was a little long. It's a very interesting story and well written. The narrator did a good job, as well.
Enjoyable listen which kept my attention. The story line flows well and the characters are well developed.
The narrator was particularly good and read in a way that was vivid and made the characters alive. He was extremely entertaining.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
Just an excellent example of how great writing and masterful performance make the sum of the parts greater than the whole. Take an unusual and fascinating adult story and wrap it in voices that ring so true they could be any family in America and you have the story of Cal struggling to grow up. Beautiful.
I am a Truck Driver that listens to audio books alot. I have about 250 books in my library. My books are Sci-Fi along with history.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the way the story unfolded and how it drew you in with the characters seeming so real. The humor and the overall story telling was excellent, the author truly has a way with words.
This is one of the best books I've listened to through Audible. I highly recommend it. It really gave you a feel for Cal's condition as well as the history of America as the story unfolds.
I don't know quite what I expected when I purchased this book. The writing was excellent. The writers knowledge of cultural history and the ability to take you back to other decades made the story very believeable. I got lost in this book.
The description of this book, as well as the critical and customer reviews, made it intriguing. However, I was very disappointed overall. The subject matter is interesting, but this story is annoyingly far-fetched, particularly the last fourth of the book. I would much rather read a nonfiction account than this rambling tale. Although the author spends an enormous amount of time exploring several generations of a family, the characters are not really developed in an authentic way. I also found the performance annoying, particularly the ridiculous music/sound effects. No doubt the interesting subject matter has drawn many readers to this book, but I would not recommend it.
Say something about yourself!
This is a difficult book to stop listening to. I finished quit a bit of yard work - happily - listening to this story. It is hard to believe this is fiction, and in trying to explain it to a peer, I had to look it up again to be sure it wasn't autobiographical. I was raised in northern Indiana during the time Callie was "growing up" in Michigan. I remember the riots and the times, it seemed so real. My applause to the author and to the reader.