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Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon | [Garrison Keillor]

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

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.
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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)

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    Susan 06-30-14
    Susan 06-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny and touching"
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    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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    Harper Wildwood, FL United States 06-26-14
    Harper Wildwood, FL United States 06-26-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Keillor is an artist!"

    Nobody can paint a picture like Garrison Keillor. He talks and you can see what he's talking about - and, mostly, it's hilarious. Lutheran pastors in a boat? A naked boy parasailing? Just too much fun. And, most gratifying for some of us - not a perfect, skinny, beautiful female in the whole book!! I loved it!!

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    Lily 06-24-14
    Lily 06-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Keillor's a Treasure"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course. The only thing better than seeing Garrison Keillor perform in person is having him read a book to you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Keillor's almost monotone delivery enhances his wonderful sense of humor and gives so many real LOL moments. The ending should definitely be in a movie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite was not a scene; it was the conversations inside Barbara's head. Her mother may have been a wonderful character, but Barbara is the one I'd like to spend time with.


    If you could rename Pontoon, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    I live near Lake Wobegon and love Garrison Keillor. I've followed him on the radio, on PBS, cassette tapes, CDs, books and now audiobooks. I think he and Fanny Flagg are two real American treasures and wish Audible had all of their books available. Please?

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    david GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 04-03-12
    david GRAND PRAIRIE, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "mr. keillor could be this generations mark twain"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would recommend this book. its a very good tale of life and death and how to live on your own terms.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pontoon?

    full of funny and moving moments, i lol at the ladies talking at thier dinners,and was very moved by her lovers reaction to the indentions on her bed where she had lain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the bowling balls travels.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    you could not make this into a film


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    Ceanothus 04-02-12
    Ceanothus 04-02-12
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    "Way more depressing than usual for Keillor's work"

    Kind of like reading a novel-length obituary, with detailed descriptions of big problems such as alcoholism. It definitely has some gems, but the overall effect each time I listen is to end up feeling depressed, so it takes some resolve to pick it up again each time.

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    a;icia kerrville, TX, United States 03-09-12
    a;icia kerrville, TX, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Another endearing story from wobegon"
    Where does Pontoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top ten


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Evelyn. I like how she didnt let her age stop her from persuing her true self.


    Have you listened to any of Garrison Keillor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. They are all good performances because the author is the performer and that brings the characters to life in the way that they are intended


    If you could take any character from Pontoon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Evelyn. Interesting conversation


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    William Sacraramento, CA, United States 01-02-12
    William Sacraramento, CA, United States 01-02-12
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    "This darkly funny story is an excellent listen."
    Would you listen to Pontoon again? Why?

    It is very amusing. Keller takes you into the imaginary adventures in a delightful, down home style that keeps you glued to your IPOD! The more you listen the more the side stories add to this unique view of life on the parie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Garrison Keilor's style of story telling.


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

    The characters he creates, his unique voice and dry humor.


    If you could rename Pontoon, what would you call it?

    Crazy Debbie's Derailed Marriage


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    Amazon Customer 12-19-11

    Lighthouse Guide

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    "Pure genius."
    Where does Pontoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    #2


    What did you like best about this story?

    Truthful


    What about Garrison Keillor’s performance did you like?

    He is the best at painting the human experience in full detail.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The life we all know.


    Any additional comments?

    Get it.

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    Susan Amery, WI, United States 10-13-11
    Susan Amery, WI, United States 10-13-11

    SuseADoodle - "Audiobook Addict!" - Please disregard my "guided" reviews since it appears that a lot of what I wrote has been chopped off.

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    "My first "Trip" to Lake Wobegon but I'll be back"
    If you could sum up Pontoon in three words, what would they be?

    Funny. Sad. Great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters of Evelyn and Barbara. Though I did not like Barbara's thoughts about her composer brother, she is an interesting character.


    Have you listened to any of Garrison Keillor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am vaguely familiar with Garrison's Prairie Home Companion stories about Lake Wobegon and particularly remember one memorable


    If you could take any character from Pontoon out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Though I enjoyed Evelyn, I think I would be embarrassed by her in public. Maybe Raoul ... I don't really know.


    Any additional comments?

    The subjects of sex and death are throughout the book. The subject of negative side of being a Lutheran also runs through the story. These three subjects might turn off a number of reader/listeners. Even so, while characters blame God for the

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    Pamela 09-26-11
    Pamela 09-26-11
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    "Extended Version of the News From Lake Woebegon"

    Performed by the author, this audio book is very much an extended version of the News from Lake Woebegon. A subtle mix of humor, sadness, and the absurd, it is wonderful listening.

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