As national spokesman for the Motel 6 chain, as a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and as creator of the nationally syndicated radio program The End of the Road, Tom Bodett has a voice familiar to millions. Now you can listen, at your pleasure, to his stories about likable, genuine, slightly wacky people who live in the little Alaska town at the end of the road. Follow the romantic misadventures of sixties throwback Tamara Dupree, vegetarian activist and New Age missionary; join Stormy Storbock and Ed Flannigan on their sightseeing tour across America by fire truck; meet local ne'er-do-well Doug McDoogan, who has a bright new future in the arts. Come to Alaska and share in the emergence of a true American humorist - funny, farcical, nostalgic, provocative, and always touching.
©1990 Tom Bodett; (P)1990 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"[T]he latest in a long line of quintessential American voice ranging from Mark Twain to Garrison Keillor." (People magazine)
Tom Bodett's voice and pace are comforting and very pleasant to listen to. His tales of a Northern Alaskan town are wholesome and entertaining. A slice of life from the end of the road. This is not the typical audio book I tend to choose, but it was a great surprize, I have listened to all of Tom Bodett's books that I have been able to get ahold of and his 'End of the Road' books are the best to be certain.
His gentle calming voice will carry you through the tales and paint pictures so vivid you will almost start packing to move to the wilderness that is the setting for his stories.
Give it a try, I think you might like it.
Tom Bodett is a master storyteller. His character development is deep and thoughtful. While humor is the "bread and butter", he is at his very best when telling a poigiant tale. These often bring a tear to the eye. One feels especially close to his characters, all of whom ended up at "the End of the Road" in Alaska. His wonderful voice and the complementary piano music of Johnny B. make his End of the Road series of audiobooks classics. I can hardly imagine anyone not thoroughly enjoying Bodett's work!
I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.
My parents used to play Tom Bodett audiobooks on tape during long car rides. Now, 20 years later I'm revisiting these stories through adult ears, and I love them just as much.
Funny, touching, bittersweet. Tom Bodett tells these tales masterfully and introduces you to a place and community that you want to live in.
I'm making my way through the whole series again. If you never have, you'll thank yourself for taking the ride.
The people Tom describe become old friends by the end of the book. His narrative style engrosses you to the point that you're there with them. In your minds eye you follow their every exploit and laugh and cry with them. It leaves you wanting more.
Tom Bodett has been extremely underrated, although his distinctive voice is everywhere from Motel 6 ads to Saturday Morning cartoons.
If you like Keillor, you'll love Bodett
I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!
This was like listening to gossip at the bar. Being an Alaskan I was surprised that there weren't more 'Meeting the moose on the way to the outhouse' or ' Mr. Bear steals my tackle box' type stories because those can be really funny and and interesting to tell. Who's sleeping with who or who thinks he's sleeping with who in small town USA just doesn't do it for me. Also, we listened to this as an audio book and there was ALOT of filler music. Not one of my favorites.
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