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Jonathan

Lynchburg, VA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Dog of the South

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (41)

    The Dog of the South is the story of Ray Midge as he tracks down his wife, Norma, who has run off with her first husband, by following credit card receipts (his credit card!). Midge starts out in Norma's lover's compact car, which has 74,000 miles on it and a quarter-turn slack in the steering wheel (they took his Ford Torino!). The trail leads from Arkansas, down to Mexico, and into Honduras.

    Paul says: "Top Ten Funniest Books"
    "Terrific book; missing material"
    Overall

    5 stars for the novel, which is wonderfully funny, rich, and strange. I like the dry, slow-paced narration as well.

    Unfortunately this audiobook is missing a substantial part of Chapter 4, despite being advertised as "unabridged." I was looking at my paperback copy of the book when I realized that the audio narration ends Chapter 4 far too early, concluding with Dr. Symes saying "You might as well play Parcheesi for 2 years" and then going right to Chapter 5. About 13 1/2 pages in the novel are omitted. All the great stuff about John Selby Dix being better than Shakespeare, and all non-Dix writing mere "foul grunting," is gone.

    I didn't check the rest for any missing passages but at least this section is incomplete, which is unfortunate.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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