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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)

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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

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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

    Mac

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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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    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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