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Manhood for Amateurs Audiobook

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Whether reflecting on his role as son, brother, husband, or father, Chabon's delightful essays are provocative and insightful. This wide-ranging collection touches on everything from becoming a father to losing a father-in-law (through divorce); from musings on a quirky childhood to a discussion of what society considers to be a "good father" today. He also describes his quandary over what to do with his four children's prolific artwork. By turns poignant and witty, Chabon is a comfortable, inviting narrator. His relaxed and conversational style is shot through with occasional fervent moments. He's unhurried yet precise in his pacing and phrasing, and most of all likably, often ruefully, humorous.

Publisher's Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful, and powerful as his acclaimed, award-winning fiction.

Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and his vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets, and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.

What does it mean to be a man today? As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor.

At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

©2009 Michael Chabon; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Both lyrical and side-splittingly funny.... Readers seeking the intelligence of Updike; the gentle, brainy appeal of Sedaris; or the literary virtuosity of Nabokov will thoroughly enjoy." (Library Journal)

"Chabon takes a big, fat swing at the essay form with his second collection and achieves success....These warm and thoughtful essays underscore just how good a wordsmith Chabon is-regardless of the form he chooses." (Booklist)

"Wry and heartfelt, Chabon's riffs uncover brand-new insights in even the most quotidian subjects....He applies an unusual level of wit and candor to the form." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Ben Wynnewood, PA, United States 07-09-12
    Ben Wynnewood, PA, United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    Where does Manhood for Amateurs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Manhood for Amateurs ranks in the top tier of audiobooks I've listened to thus far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Manhood for Amateurs?

    I especially loved the piece on pockets and pocketbooks


    What about Michael Chabon’s performance did you like?

    He read it as if he had read it because he had and it worked well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, that would be ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Chabon's life hasn't been more amazing than other people, but his expressions of his feelings and experiences are wonderful. His writing illuminate so many great points about life and being a person amongst a huge society.

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    Joe el paso, TX, United States 06-22-11
    Joe el paso, TX, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    This one was very disappointing. The stories are self-serving without conveying any genuine insight or charm.

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    benjamin 12-27-09
    benjamin 12-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Skip this One!"

    This book was horrible! This book was seperated into several boring stories of the author's childhood/manhood. The crux of each of these stories offered no real value or intrest. This book was not funny, sentimental, or in any way entertaining. Worst of all was the narration in which the author read the book with the voice and inflections of a 5 year old child. Skip this book.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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