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The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family | [Mike Leonard]

The Ride of Our Lives: Roadside Lessons of an American Family

Mike Leonard is a lucky man. It's not everyone who gets parents like Jack and Marge. At 87, Jack is a pathological optimist with an inexhaustible gift of gab. Marge, Jack's bride of 60 years, though cut from the same rough bolt of Irish immigrant cloth, is his polar opposite, pessimistic and proud of it. What was their son, Mike, thinking when he took a sabbatical from his job with NBC News so he could pile these two world-class originals into a pair of rented RVs and hit the road for a month?
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Mike Leonard is a lucky man. It's not everyone who gets parents like Jack and Marge. At 87, Jack is a pathological optimist with an inexhaustible gift of gab. Marge, Jack's bride of 60 years, though cut from the same rough bolt of Irish immigrant cloth, is his polar opposite, pessimistic and proud of it. What was their son, Mike, thinking when he took a sabbatical from his job with NBC News so he could pile these two world-class originals along with three of his grown kids and a daughter-in-law into a pair of rented RVs and hit the road for a month?

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

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    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 03-06-07
    Gwen Killen, AL, United States 03-06-07
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    "Hilarious!!!"

    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!

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    Retired Walpole, NH USA 06-16-10
    Retired Walpole, NH USA 06-16-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Tired of it early"

    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.

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    A. Carmello 05-22-10
    A. Carmello 05-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't finish it"

    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.

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    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 04-10-08
    Michael Kenner, LA, United States 04-10-08
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    "Oh How Human We Are"

    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.

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    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 06-08-07
    LB in Dallas Dallas, Tx United States 06-08-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Fun Family Outing"

    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.

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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-31-07
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 05-31-07
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    "Hurray for Mike!"

    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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