Tom Angleberger scored two critical and popular hits with his Star Wars-inspired The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Darth Paper Strikes Back. In the hilarious Fake Mustache, young Lenny Flem Jr.’s friend Casper disguises himself with a shockingly convincing handlebar mustache and begins robbing banks, quickly amassing a fortune. Setting his sights on the presidency, Casper is working on plans for world domination—and only Lenny stands in his way.
©2012 Tom Angleberger (P)2012 Recorded Books
I am a voice actor and audiobook narrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Also a devoted reader and audiobook listener.
Lenny and Casper are just your average nerdy 7th graders living in Hairsprinkle, USA. One day, Casper decides to spend his birthday money on a small man-about-town suit and the Heidelberg Handlebar #7, the Rolls Royce of novelty fake mustaches. All of a sudden, people are treating Casper with much more respect than they'd normally give a kid, and Lenny detects something sinister about Casper's plans for the fake mustache. Before long, Lenny is caught in the middle of one of the most nefarious schemes in all of history.
This book is undoubtedly one of the silliest things I've ever listened to. The logic of the story world is unapologetically zany, with things like Herbert Hoover action figures, armies of mimes, and mysterious Belgians being among the more normal fare you'll find inside.
The story is split into three parts, with Jonathan Todd Ross narrating parts one and three as everyboy Lenny, and Jessica Almasy handling part two, as Jodie O'Rodeo, former preteen cowgirl TV star. Ross brings a sense of confused longing to the lead role of Lenny which is certain to be familiar to any 7th graders. He gives major characters their own, often hilarious, voices. Also, his minutes-long yodeling session toward the middle of the book is a real highlight. Almasy plays a convincing star-crossed teenager in the process of falling in love.
Overall, this audiobook is a hilarious listen, with an unusual thriller plot with twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end.
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