©2007 Garrison Keillor; (P)2007 HighBridge Company
"There's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit." (Publishers Weekly)
If you are always a bit disappointed when the "News from Lake Woebegon" is over on the weekly Prarie Home Companion show, you will love Pontoon. It weaves together many lives from town along with their connections outside of Lake Woebegon.
And, as usual, I was sad to hear the story end. It could just go on and on.
This is another great book. I really feel for the characters. I can always visit and see the Chatter Box Cafe in my mind, and at time it does get a bit wordy, but all in all a true winner. If you love Garrison this is a must have.
I am a fan of most of Garrison Keillor works; but not "Pontoon". It is almost as if Mr. Keillor forgot how to write or what he was writing about. But don't let this this piece of literature subtract from his exemplary career as a writer. Also, if you enjoy this genre of comedic writings, then I would suggest researching any on of his peer especially Mathew James Borkowski and his collected works from “Ho-Hun Valley”.
I have always been a fan of Prairie Home Companion and looked forward to hearing his new Lake Woebegon Saga. But instead of funny touching stories I found rambling nonsense.
I have been an avid listener of Audible for several years and this is probably the worst book that I have listened to. The narration style reminded me of Eeyore - and I found it difficult to care about the characters or their circumstances. While sometimes the book seemed to gain momentum - the rest seemed to be a let down.
No, difficult to listen to.
Monotonous, dull, he sounded very bored. Maybe he thought he was reading in a dry, witty way, but it really was tedious to listen to.
Some nice characters
I thought the sex life of seniors is not a joke and if he valued the women the story was about the author wouldn't make her look so crude.
I have enjoyed Garrison in the past and expected a charming, funny tale like his past stories. Peter Mayle does this well and Garrison does in other books.
I didn't finish the book .
I will be more selective in the future. Ratings are difficult because we all look at things in different ways.
Though parts of the story are familiar to this Prairie Home Companion listener, this story centers around the death of an elderly woman and contains many sexual references that would not be aired on radio. The quality of the audio is good and G. Keillor does a fine job, as usual, telling the story, but I found the content of the story atypical of the new from L. Wobegon.
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