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Pontoon Audiobook

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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Kevin Schaumburg, IL, United States 10-18-10
    Kevin Schaumburg, IL, United States 10-18-10
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    "Listen again and again"

    I agree that the Publisher description has it all wrong, maybe they skimmed the book. I smiled through the whole thing, there are so many characters, it took me a couple of rewinds to sort them out. I laughed so hard I cried at the crazy ending! Then I started over from the beginning. The first line sets the tone. "Evelyn was a lifelong insomniac, so when they say she died in her sleep you have got to question that" This isn't the same sentimental Garrison Keillor on NPR these characters live much more worldly lives. The book is sweetly sad in the genre of lost innocence, and small town wildness. This would make a great movie, maybe like a Prayer for Own Meany was turned into the World According to Garp. I keep this one on my Audible player, and have listened to parts over and over and always seem to pick out a few more details that were lost on me on first reading. As an audio book this one will stay in my permanent collection.

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    Joie California 12-26-09
    Joie California 12-26-09 Member Since 2007

    Jo

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    "Pontoon"

    Although pontoon was hilarious, you have to slog through lots of unnecessary prose to get there

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    Jan Squillace Cary, NC USA 01-29-08
    Jan Squillace Cary, NC USA 01-29-08 Member Since 2007

    Prefers "real" fiction

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    "Life in Lake Woebegon"

    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.

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    Mary Oregon City, OR, USA 11-29-07
    Mary Oregon City, OR, USA 11-29-07
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    "Must have!!"

    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.

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    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 12-12-07
    Tim parma hts, OH, USA 12-12-07
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    "not his usual best"

    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”.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steph Mt Beauty, VIC, Australia 12-21-09
    Steph Mt Beauty, VIC, Australia 12-21-09
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    "stopped listening early"

    boring for a 32yr old, maybe older generation would like

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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