A collection of bittersweet, sometimes downright sad, sometimes laugh out loud funny, mostly charming true stories, this book is a collection of essays written by, and narrated by a single dad dealing with the trials, tribulations, and surprises of being a divorced parent. It was a much needed refreshment to listen to this audiobook. We've heard all about divorce, and single parenting from the perspective of the mothers, but listening to Schwartz' candid confessions about moving in with his parents, telling his kids about his intentions of remarriage, and sweet lessons with his son about grilling hot dogs, really tugged at my heartstrings. My only complaint has more to do with my own step-momma jealousy in regards to the utopian relationship Schwartz seems to be able to maintain with his ex-wife. Lots of us steppies could only wish we had a Baby Mama who wasn't interested in perpetuating gobs of drama. It was over too quickly, and left me wanting, and waiting for more. This would make a great gift for a newly divorced Dad, and especially a newly divorced Mom.
The narration is excellent, and appropriately done by the author himself, which lends a layer of authenticity to the stories. Highly recommended!
I've been a big fan of Mr. Follett's since I read Pillars of the Earth so many years back. This was my first audiobook via Audible, and I must say from John Lee's excellent narration, to the compelling narratives which wind together in the style I've always loved, this book was a great way to jump into the world of audiobooks.
As usual this story follows a few characters from before the beginning of WWII to a few years afterwards. There is love and tragedy, sadness and joy. Bombs are dropped, battles are fought, and there is not a desired detail left out.
It's a long one, of course, but which of his books aren't? Totally worth the time. This is a must listen.
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