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Kent

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  • Lake Wobegon Summer 1956

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
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    (101)
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    (20)
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    Fourteen-year-old Gary, a self-described "tree toad" (lover of a perfect lawn, the soft-porn masterpiece of Carnal Cuties, his Underwood typewriter, and, above all, his rebellious cousin Kate), lives through one amazing Lake Wobegon summer. Gary preoccupies himself by spinning fantastic yarns about boogers, talking dogs, conversations between God and Jesus, and especially melodramas featuring himself as hero and Kate as distresseddamsel.

    Michael says: "Very Nice Surprise for Me"
    "Spinning a fine web of tales of the lake"
    Overall

    In his usual and customary droll Garrison Keillor leads us through a curious web of life for a teenager in Lake Wobegon. The "frog", Gary, at 15 is a wannabe writer who gets to write the sports column for the local baseball team while fantasizing his sexuality in stories written on an Underwood typewriter given him by his Uncle Sugar.

    Life can can be difficult in this small town of 1200 where everyone knows each other and the local gossip travels faster than the telephone. This is Gary's pivotal teen year as he becomes involved with his cousin Kate and watches the world come down around him.

    I found the story fascinating and have replayed it several times. A word of caution to readers with tender ears. The book in several places includes sexual content that could be disturbing to the "innocent minded". Please remember that this is written through eyes of a teenager. His thoughts are just like those of pubescent boys throughout the planet.

    I usually buy the unabridged audio books narrated by the author. I find that it creates the mood the author intended; and as I travel I have the audio books for listening pleasure. I hope you enjoy "Lake Wobegon Summer 1956 as much as I did.

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