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10,000 Miles with My Dead Father's Ashes

Or Mi Padre Es Muerto en la Bolsa
Narrated by: Devin Galaudet
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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It was Devin Galaudet’s job to take the ashes and pour them into the waters of Cadiz, Spain, after his father’s death. Carrying them across Spain by car, train, and backpack, this was their swan song, their “buddy picture” come to life. Half a mile from the Mediterranean, though, Devin lost his father’s ashes. Standing in the middle of a windy cobblestone street in Old Town Cadiz, he wondered what the hell just happened - not just in that moment, but the 40 years prior.

This is a wild-eyed history of secret family stories that includes 50 stolen cars, sacred African fertility dolls, a Darth Vader mask-wearing junkie, a mysterious secret family, a Playboy magazine found in a sewer hidden next to toilet-paper-wrapped downers, a Vegas hooker with one impressive breast, a hero’s journey, and traveling across the world with a black jug that contained his father in a rolling suitcase.

A wickedly funny memoir that is part adventure and part tender reminiscence, 10,000 Miles with My Dead Father’s Ashes will make you laugh, cry, and yearn for your own Spanish adventure.

©2018 Devin Galaudet (P)2018 Devin Galaudet

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Funny and inspiring

I loved this story. The author’s description of growing up with a seriously flawed parent who he desperately wanted to please was both humorous and heartbreaking. It took him on a difficult path into adulthood trying to find his way out from under the influence of his father’s “teachings.” He tells the story with great humor and insight. I was inspired by the fact that in spite of the difficulties he faced and many missteps along the way, he learned a great deal about himself and endeavored to become the person he wanted to be.

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Beautifully crafted memoir

10,000 Miles with My Dead Father's Ashes is a beautifully written memoir. The story is fascinating, sad, funny, and begrudgingly loving. I actually put off listening to the last couple of chapters because I didn't want it to end.
Devin's narration is perfect - unsentimental, yet deeply affecting. A little raw and 100% real.

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Fabulous book

loved the book, very entertaining. made me thing abour my relations with my father. A must read

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