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Pontoon Audiobook

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

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Publisher's Summary

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously. Add a surprise boyfriend and a band of newly arrived Mormon missionaries, and the gently rendered chaos is complete.

©2007 Garrison Keillor; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2008

"There's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Amazon Customer PA, USA 03-24-15
    Amazon Customer PA, USA 03-24-15

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    "Life, even death, can be a hoot!"

    A fun funeral was had by all, well, maybe not all! Well worth the listen.

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    Angiela J. Miller 03-18-15

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    "Best read so far this year"

    A uniquely written story about finding your best life while you can. A irreverent but hilarious at the same time.

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    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 10-13-14
    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    "Very Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so disappointed in this book. It turns out to be a sad commentery of the people Mr. Garrison is writing about in Lake Wobegon. It is dark and not funny.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, I have 7 books to choose from.


    What does Garrison Keillor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It is nice to hear him read it and music interludes are nice but the story is not at all what I expected and was very disappointed.


    What character would you cut from Pontoon?

    I would cut many of them. They all have alcohol problems with not very happy lives. I did not expect that. If I wanted that, I would have chosen another book or just read the newspaper.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, people get old. They find out that life is not what they hoped. Bad things happen to good people as well as bad. I always thought that Lake Wobegon was a little above that. Most of the characters have either alcohol and more alcohol problems, religious problems, or family and people problems, and some had all three. The book is dark, not funny, and reminds me more of a reality show. I waited to long to read it. By a couple of days I was too late to return it. If you expect a happy, funny look at people from Lake Wobegon, this is not the book for you. I do not understand what some other reviewers found that was so funny. I found it overall a sad commentary .

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    Bonnie Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-30-14
    Bonnie Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Writer, Horrible Narrator"
    What would have made Pontoon better?

    All they had to do was hire a narrator. The story was enjoyable the narration is what ruined the book for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the story and getting to know all of the characters that Garrison Keillor had created.


    What didn’t you like about Garrison Keillor’s performance?

    I don't think Garrison Keillor ever read aloud before. Not only did he use the exact same inflection in every sentence, he ended his reading before a sentence was over and then added the final couple of words as if it were the beginning of the next sentence. It was actually painful to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is great, I think reading the book on my own would have been far more enjoyable.


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    Robyn 09-21-14
    Robyn 09-21-14

    Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.

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    "An examination of human nature"

    This was my first GK book and it was a very pleasant suprise. GK's rambling style is unique, his characters totally believable and in many cases recognisable as someone we know (even ourselves), and his observations about life and death and human nature are astute, often amusing and often acerbic. Nobody could read it better than GK, he is simply perfect. I must confess the farcical episode on the lake at the end was way to hammed-up for my sense of humour, but GK gets to the heart of what matters in ourselves and others by being a master of observation and, of course, a master of writing. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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    Patricia Perris, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Patricia Perris, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Nails on chalkboard Narration!"

    I want my credit back! Listen to the sample before you purchase, think 8 hours and 22 min of that. Weird disjointed story Yuck just yuck!

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    Jackie Guthrie Louisville, KY United States 07-14-14
    Jackie Guthrie Louisville, KY United States 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A good one"

    I can't wait to listen to more books by this author. The story was both funny and touching. The multidimensional characters were realistic. The author's delivery seems dry, but lends nicely to the delivery of the story.

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    S. Shelton 07-07-14
    S. Shelton 07-07-14

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    "I guess that I am not a fan"
    What would have made Pontoon better?

    I have heard various Lake Wobegon stories on NPR and was anxious to listen to this. I love this type of dry humor. However, within the first half hour, I was very unimpressed with the constant barrage of sexual stories including Viagra. I guess that I am a prude, but proud of it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Garrison Keillor’s performances?

    Sure, if I knew of any that were clean.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pontoon?

    "Clean" it up.


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    Amazon Customer 07-03-14

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    "Woe - Be - Gone"

    I know the Wobegon stories have become classics. If I read this one instead of listening, I very well may have liked it. The narration didn't work for me. I typically listen in my car. Garrison speaks way to softly to hear while in the car with ambient sounds. And his cadence will entrance you - literally, put you in a trance. I did love that old lady!!!

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    Susan 06-30-14
    Susan 06-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny and touching"
    Any additional comments?

    I agree with others listeners that the person who wrote the summery did not actually listen to or read this book. It was funny, touching and well told. I could picture every character, place and smell so clearly. Garrison Keillor is a wonderful storyteller and I loved how all of the individuals and events came together at the end making laugh out loud.

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