Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
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.
Of course. The only thing better than seeing Garrison Keillor perform in person is having him read a book to you.
Keillor's almost monotone delivery enhances his wonderful sense of humor and gives so many real LOL moments. The ending should definitely be in a movie.
My favorite was not a scene; it was the conversations inside Barbara's head. Her mother may have been a wonderful character, but Barbara is the one I'd like to spend time with.
I wouldn't rename it.
I live near Lake Wobegon and love Garrison Keillor. I've followed him on the radio, on PBS, cassette tapes, CDs, books and now audiobooks. I think he and Fanny Flagg are two real American treasures and wish Audible had all of their books available. Please?
i would recommend this book. its a very good tale of life and death and how to live on your own terms.
full of funny and moving moments, i lol at the ladies talking at thier dinners,and was very moved by her lovers reaction to the indentions on her bed where she had lain.
the bowling balls travels.
you could not make this into a film
Kind of like reading a novel-length obituary, with detailed descriptions of big problems such as alcoholism. It definitely has some gems, but the overall effect each time I listen is to end up feeling depressed, so it takes some resolve to pick it up again each time.
One of the top ten
Evelyn. I like how she didnt let her age stop her from persuing her true self.
Yes. They are all good performances because the author is the performer and that brings the characters to life in the way that they are intended
Evelyn. Interesting conversation