When a moose is found on a portion of desolate African coastline, numerous people race to either help or hinder his plight. Befriended by a young local boy who vows to be the moose's friend and protector, the pair set off on an accidental adventure across the African wilderness. Along the way they befriend and/or evade such colorful characters as a rouge television news helicopter pilot, an eccentric, blood-thirsty billionaire, a brilliant mathematician-turned-pirate captain, a pair of opportunistic exotic medicine dealers, a disguised professional baseball player and his duped wife, and an assortment of concerned passengers and crew aboard an ill-fated cruise ship. Through a great deal of misunderstanding and mistiming, the fate of the poor moose is fought for on a stretch of seashore mistakenly referred to as The Gelatin Coast.
©2015 Doug Sacrison (P)2016 Doug Sacrison
If you've ever seen the movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" then you'll know the joy that awaits you with this listen!!
This is a very fun listen but at it's core, the joy is in the narration. The different voices that this narrator were able to convey, nay convincingly convey, were astounding. Can an audio book be considered a tour de force?! If so, bravo, bravo, bravo!!!
This book is simply too much fun! There are culture misinterpretations, language misinterpretation, planned and inadvertent silliness. The author is excellent at invoking visualization of incidents as well as individuals and settings. Although it moves along at a rapid pace, there is no difficulty in keeping up and laughing away any current negative perception of reality. If you have ever seen a french braid, with it's way of adding more into each plait as it comes into being, you have a visual on the way that this book moves ever onward, getting better and funnier as it moves along. I'm not into reviews giving recaps or spoilers, but that would be a daunting task for one who did choose to do so. Simply be aware that the publisher's blurb is simply a teaser from the beginning of the book and that it only continues merrily from there.
I had the audio version, and Joel Froomkin performed it magnificently!
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom."
I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. The story is witty and hilarious, and the narration is a perfect example of what I think an audio book should sound like.
It was completely unpredictable. The characters were all very strange but believable, and every plot point was skillfully entangled into the story.
There were so many great characters, and Joel handles them all so well. I can only narrow it down to three: Hans, Toby, and Benito.
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This audio book was quite a ride. I don't often have the time or patience to listen to fiction audio books, but I was able to get through this one easily on a road trip. The author reminds me a lot of Douglas Adams, with his highly self-aware narrative style and clever dis-similes. Joel Froomkin was of course a perfect fit for the writing style. His English accent carried the narrative effortlessly and he delivered the comedic moments with expert timing. His characters were also spot on, with fantastic accents and plenty of timbral variety to make identifying them natural and easy. He was also great at keeping the pace up, and keeping me interested, even when there were certain sections where the narrative dragged a bit. I hope Doug Sacrison keeps writing books, and that this particular one has much more success, especially in audio format. He and Joel are a perfect team, and I want to hear more of them in the future.
The story is fun, kinda screwball. Kinda Carl Hiassen. Joel Froomkin does a masterful job at the narration. Accents, over-the-top characters. He really brings this story to life and I look forward to listening to more from him.
It's first in this category, so right at the top :)
I liked Toby. The voice was fun, and his attitude was stellar. The guy wasn't going to win awards for over-acheiving ( and not the sharpest tack), but his was dedicated and loyal to a fault.
I haven't, but I will! His command of accents, and vocal qualities created a host of unique, readily identifiable characters! What a delight!
Yes, this is a hilarious, sentence-by-sentence, blind-leading-the-blind romp through Lady Luck's pit and tripwire filled backyard!
Oh, there were so many! One of my favorite lines (out of MANY) was, "The ridges of his brow nearly caused the cabbage to explode." I couldn't believe I heard that, and had to rewind and listen to it again. The mind's eye boggles.
This is better than some of the others I've heard. Very good distinguishing voices and accents, and a great narrative pomp.
Made me guffaw. Continuously and at high volume.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear
Loved loved loved this book! The narration was really well done. The characters are believable and the action not so much but I didn't care. The writing style reminds me of Christopher Moore.
I liked the relationship that builds amongst different - very different - characters. It has a bit of a comic book feel to it - in a good way. The humor is meant to be over-the-top and it is! Talk about a fun ride!
I was gifted this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.
Avid reader. Loves both fiction and non fiction.
Reading The Gelatin Coast I felt like I was uncovering a hidden treasure. It kept producing a gem after gem, it kept me excited and entertained, and in the end I was sorry there wasn't any more of it.
Every single segment of the book was brilliant. The story was masterfully woven with many different threads coming together to form a lovely congruous fabric that warms the heart. The characters were delightfully colorful and unique. Even though there was a large number of them I had no trouble keeping them apart. I couldn't even pick a favorite when there were so many that I loved. The narration was another shining jewel. Joel Froomkin did an extraordinary job, juggling so many different characters, pouring life into them and making them unique and recognizable.
What I loved most about The Gelatin Coast is that it's truly funny. Not just mildly entertaining, it is hilarious. The mix of the witty writing, quirky characters, an abundance of silly imaginative situations, and the perfect narration resulted in multiple lough out loud moments and an audiobook that keeps you smiling all the way through it.
With this book Doug Sacrison turned me into an enthusiastic fan of his work. I really hope he will keep writing, as I'll be eagerly awaiting his future creations. Until then, I'll be keeping The Gelatin Coast on my phone and going back to listen to it whenever I find myself in need of cheering up.
This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast.
Absolutely - the writing is warm, witty and the performance is superb. The author's style is droll and totally delightful... It reminded me of the work of Dave Barry or Stephen Fry. The story weaves together a hilarious cast of characters all over the globe which come together in zany fashion. I've recommended it to people already.
The book is filled with 'aha' moments where you see how the ludicrous domino effects begin falling into place. It's like a giant wacky puzzle and watching it unfold is great, great fun.
The early scene with the bat trapped in the car had me in stitches.
I found myself becoming surprisingly attached to Mickey the Moose.
A brilliant job with the narration. The narrator not only has wit and style, he juggles countless characters with a ridiculous number of accents. The performance has an insatiable theatricality which made listening a treat. I look forward to more from Sacrison... he truly is one of the most charming new writers I've come across.
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