It’s 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls. Mostly girls, of course. But being a Baptist preacher’s son, he can’t escape God. When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident (involving hard cider and bird droppings), Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money. Along the way, he’s initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish. But when he meets Sarah, a tough farm girl under a dark curse, he finds out that the greatest challenge of all is love.
©2011 Sam Torode (P)2011 Jeffrey Kafer
One belly laugh after another. The story was well told, characters totally likeable. Absolutely hilarious, well worth the price, I can't recommend it strongly enough.
hilarious, cussing, hilarious!
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Too many to choose & I wouldn't want to spoil the story!
Craw...although I would want my hubby along just for...safety!
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book, but I would warn readers that the story's main character is a young man who is controlled by daydreams and hormones...and many of the other characters are hobos. The language is very strong, appropriate to the situation and characters. The story is "pee your pants funny"!
I have not heard any other narrations by Bruce Miles but will seek out other performances. His voice was perfect for this story, He presented with a down home twang that matched the story line of Tobias recounting his experiences as a gawky and awkward boy, barely a man.
The title was what caught my attention so I wouldn't change it at all. I wasn't sure what it meant but thought it well fitting when I was done with the book.
I felt the best part of this story was the often reinforced idea that your parents can try to teach you all sorts of things on your way to adulthood but really, really...you learn most of life's lessons on your own. Wisdom tends to come from experience and the story revealed this. I like Tobias' mother and think her character is one I would have found fascinating to sit down and talk with.It was an entertaining travel companion. I've already described and recommended it to others and will, undoubtedly, listen to it again in the future. I am not reviewing it for perfection but rather for the sheer entertainment value. It made me laugh aloud and I enjoyed it. I will be seeking out other works by both the author and the narrator.
great story without being dirty, was interesting and I never got bored
when he caught the catfish
I tried to like this book, and short as it is I should have been able to get through it, but I gave up about an hour before the end. The two main characters were entertaining enough, though plot points seemed bland and predictable. If it got interesting in the last hour, then my apologies to the author.
This was a totally unexpected pleasure to read. I purchased the Audible WhisperSync version & have thoroughly enjoyed this book both ways. The Author's humor is conveyed extremely well by the Narrator - together the tale was delightful.
I liked the title. I really enjoyed the book. I found it reminiscent of a John Irving novel. The narration couldn't have been any better.
Good story but it could have been made better without the bad language. I won't usually listen to books with language like this but the story intreaged me. Actually the language is the reason I did not give it higher marks. I understand that the foul words were part of the story but it could have been written cleverly without being offensive. It makes me wonder what the author thinks about God, because it's clear how he feels about those hypocrits that say they follow God. Signed: a Southern Baptist preachers wife.
Reading/listening to this book was a pleasure. A story of a young man's quest for money to help his family and love/or at least "making love" to a beautiful woman.
My favorite part of this book is the lack of any real "bad characters". All were funny, witty and entertaining.
This is a short novel, but honestly it ended so perfectly that the saying "short but sweet" is very appropriate.
I will be checking out more if possible from this author and the narrator was perfect as well.
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