©2004 Jonathan Tropper; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A beautifully crafted book of enormous heart, humility, wit, honesty, and vulnerability. You want to call your friends at 3 a.m. and read whole passages out loud. You want to press it into the hands of strangers. You cannot stop thinking about it because it has rearranged your very molecules. You know that kind of book? This is that kind of book. The Book of Joe is utterly magnificent. I wish I'd written it myself. "(Augusten Burroughs, author of Running with Scissors)
"[Tropper] does it with wit, insight, and a lot of fun cultural references." (Booklist)
"The Book of Joe is an elegiac, wickedly observant look at a small town and its secrets. In Jonathan Tropper's highly readable novel, the problem isn't that you can't go home again, it's that eventually you have to, whether you like it or not." (Tom Perrotta, author of Election and Joe College)
J'ai beaucoup apprécié le style de l'auteur, le narrateur est parfait, mais j'ai été déçue par l'intrigue même si les thèmes abordés sont intéressants.
Really great book! loved the story, the narrator's performance was excelent! the only thing that could have been better is how the author closes the book.
The description says the book is "by turns howling funny, fiercely intelligent, and achingly poignant." Lose the adjectives and I'd agree. Well-written.
The audio books I get tend to be either 1) scifi or 2) things for my husband and me to listen to on long road trips--humor or history
I heard about this book by watching a video of narrator Scott Brick in which he said it was his personal favorite of all his performances. Since he is among my favorite narrators, I decided to download it and am very glad I did. A predictable plot (it's pretty easy to imagine what would happen if you were to leave your small home town for the big city, write a novel that profoundly insults everyone back home, then return home 20 years later) is rescued by a black comic sensibility and great writing that had me laughing out loud one moment and crying actual tears the next. As promised, Mr. Brick delivered a perfect reading of this memorable novel.
Was it the narrator or the story that made me feel with in the first 5 minutes that I had wasted money on this book? Could it be the narrator painstakingly reading the book slowly or was that the way the author wrote it? Either way I was rolling my eyes. Now, after the story is finished I realized I was set up. They had strapped me in to the car, slowly climbed the coaster first hill only to tear down and around the track of this story.
Great character development, laughs, tears and wistfulness for your own youth. I first despised the main character, loathed his self destructive ways then I found him interesting. Joe's friend with AIDS touched me as did his lack of sympathy from his religious mother. Joe's ex-girl friend and his brother's wife wasn't who they seemed in the end. It gave the story it's fast curves, loops and turns.
Just like every ride, the end came as a cushioned but regretful end. The sudden weightlessness as you are lifted off your seat as the whole story came together at the end was a bit of a revelation to me. It gave me some insight on how I dealt with my husband's sudden death and my children"s loss.
Pay your ticket, strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
I THINK this might have been a good book. It was narrated by Scott Brick - my favorite - and had potential for a great listen. Unfortunately, the author seems to think that every character regardless of age or background or role in society MUST say the "F" word every 15 seconds. If this doesn't bother you, then you must have a very limited vocabulary or just not mind hearing the same stupid word over and over. I have often wondered if the characters substituted the word "walk" for the "F" word - how long would we listen to the drivel?? "Did you walk her?" "Did she walk your brains out?" "What the walk are you saying?" "That's a walking lie!" How walking stuped are we???
I hesitated to get this one because I didn't think it would be as good as "This is where I leave you" It was. I loved it. The past and the people we knew there are always more complicated than we think (or thought).
Jonathon Tropper is one of my new favorite authors. I plan to either read or listen to everything that he has written. This story was a wonderful slice of life book with complex familial relationships and coming of age issues. Funny, sexy and true. I really enjoyed it. Scott Brick has a rich voice - Reminded me of Kelsey Grammer without all the b.s.
The story kept going so that you would want to keep listening.
His gay friend
Character to the characters, although I have a pretty good imagination !
yes, its made me sad for the bullying and upset with the author for exportating his town where he grew up.
I liked the characters. The plot was realistic since we have all burned bridges at sometime in our lives and have to make amends.
The story was emotional and deep, but funny dialogue at the same time.
My favorite scene was when Joe took his dying friend to play basketball.
This is the first book I read by Jonathan Tropper, but will not be the last.
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