Mike was thinking that he wanted to give his parents the ultimate family reunion. And so, one February morning, three generations of Leonards set out on their journey under the dazzling Arizona sky. Thirty minutes later, one of the humongous recreational vehicles has an unplanned meeting with a concrete island at a convenience store. Thus begins the adventure of a lifetime, and an absolute gem of a book.
©2006 Mike Leonard; (P)2006 Books on Tape
There is good news and bad news about this book! The good news is that it was one of the most entertaining I have read (listened to) in years! The bad news is that I searched all over the internet, but ths author doesn't have any other audiobooks! It was entertaining on so many levels and I could literally picture taking a road trip with my whole extended family while listening to this story! I don't often laugh out loud, but I did several times while listening to this one!
Being an RV-er, I was looking for more RV and less dialog between family members; hence, my reaction to this book was moderated by my own personal desires, so I tired of it here and there and was glad to move on to something else.
I appear to be in the minority, but I just could not get into this book. The dialog and prose were pretty corny. Some of the anecdotes were ok, but many seemed forced and somewhat unbelievable. Often, it felt like the author was just trying to think up ways to talk about himself. I only made it about halfway through the book, so I don't know what happens later, but the only "camping" they were doing seemed to be in parking lots. It just wasn't that interesting to me.
Well, he certainly described his family well, expecially his parents. I hope they did not mind their descriptions.
I found the book to be fun. In fact, I have listened to it twice - something I seldom do - and found that I laughed even more the second time.
I bought this because we own a motorhome and I was hoping for an interesting listen while cruising the highway. The RV aspect is mere background noise to the family's interaction. The author gained additional insight into his elderly parents' lives during their trip but there was a shallowness to the book that distracted me from what should have been a very fun story.
P.S. note to the reader New Trier (treer) HS is pronounced with a long e in as is Weibolts (weebolts)department store. You didn't grow up in Chicagoland I presume.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator did a fine job. The story is so heart-warming. I am usually a suspense/mystery book fan, but it was to listen to a "feel good" book for a change.
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