Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
Believe it or not, this is my first Lake Wobegon . . . the voice of Garrison Keillor is a sing song melody that is soothing, steadfast, and funny. The characters of the small town are brought to life in ways I wouldn't think possible . . . and they grow on you . . . and you are reminded not to take yourself or your problems too seriously.
I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.
I was so disappointed in this book. It turns out to be a sad commentery of the people Mr. Garrison is writing about in Lake Wobegon. It is dark and not funny.
Not sure, I have 7 books to choose from.
It is nice to hear him read it and music interludes are nice but the story is not at all what I expected and was very disappointed.
I would cut many of them. They all have alcohol problems with not very happy lives. I did not expect that. If I wanted that, I would have chosen another book or just read the newspaper.
Yes, people get old. They find out that life is not what they hoped. Bad things happen to good people as well as bad. I always thought that Lake Wobegon was a little above that. Most of the characters have either alcohol and more alcohol problems, religious problems, or family and people problems, and some had all three. The book is dark, not funny, and reminds me more of a reality show. I waited to long to read it. By a couple of days I was too late to return it. If you expect a happy, funny look at people from Lake Wobegon, this is not the book for you. I do not understand what some other reviewers found that was so funny. I found it overall a sad commentary .
All they had to do was hire a narrator. The story was enjoyable the narration is what ruined the book for me.
I enjoyed the story and getting to know all of the characters that Garrison Keillor had created.
I don't think Garrison Keillor ever read aloud before. Not only did he use the exact same inflection in every sentence, he ended his reading before a sentence was over and then added the final couple of words as if it were the beginning of the next sentence. It was actually painful to listen to.
The story is great, I think reading the book on my own would have been far more enjoyable.
This was my first GK book and it was a very pleasant suprise. GK's rambling style is unique, his characters totally believable and in many cases recognisable as someone we know (even ourselves), and his observations about life and death and human nature are astute, often amusing and often acerbic. Nobody could read it better than GK, he is simply perfect. I must confess the farcical episode on the lake at the end was way to hammed-up for my sense of humour, but GK gets to the heart of what matters in ourselves and others by being a master of observation and, of course, a master of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Say something about yourself!
I want my credit back! Listen to the sample before you purchase, think 8 hours and 22 min of that. Weird disjointed story Yuck just yuck!
I can't wait to listen to more books by this author. The story was both funny and touching. The multidimensional characters were realistic. The author's delivery seems dry, but lends nicely to the delivery of the story.
I have heard various Lake Wobegon stories on NPR and was anxious to listen to this. I love this type of dry humor. However, within the first half hour, I was very unimpressed with the constant barrage of sexual stories including Viagra. I guess that I am a prude, but proud of it.
Sure, if I knew of any that were clean.
"Clean" it up.
I know the Wobegon stories have become classics. If I read this one instead of listening, I very well may have liked it. The narration didn't work for me. I typically listen in my car. Garrison speaks way to softly to hear while in the car with ambient sounds. And his cadence will entrance you - literally, put you in a trance. I did love that old lady!!!
I agree with others listeners that the person who wrote the summery did not actually listen to or read this book. It was funny, touching and well told. I could picture every character, place and smell so clearly. Garrison Keillor is a wonderful storyteller and I loved how all of the individuals and events came together at the end making laugh out loud.