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Amp'd

A Novel
Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Aaron is not a man on a hero's journey. In the question of fight or flight, he'll choose flight every time. So when a car accident leaves him suddenly asymmetrical, his left arm amputated, looking on the bright side just isn't something he's equipped to do.

Forced to return to his boyhood home to recuperate, Aaron is confronted with an aging father (a former Olympic biathlete turned hoarder), a mother who's chosen to live in a yurt with a fireman 12 years her junior, and a well-meaning sister whose insufferable husband proves love isn't just blind but also painfully stupid.

As Aaron tries to make the world around him disappear in a haze of Vicodin and medical marijuana, the only true joy in his life comes from daily 90-second radio spots of fun science facts: the speed of falling raindrops, batteries made out of starfish, and sexual responses triggered by ringtones - all told in the lush, disembodied voice of commentator Sunny Lee, with whom he falls helplessly, ridiculously in love.

Aaron's obsession with Sunny only hastens his downward spiral, like pouring accelerant on a fire. Pressured to do something - anything - to move his life forward, he takes the only job he can get. As a "fish counter" at the nearby dam, he concludes that an act of violent sacrifice to liberate the river might be his best, final option.

©2016 Ken Pisani (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

"Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it's like to feel incomplete in the world. All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Amp'd relieved my daily road rage.

I reserve audiobooks for my work commute (which consistently makes me road-ragey) and with Amp'd on cue, I looked forward to that miserable drive every. damn. day. Ken Pisani wrote a brilliant story that completely sucked me in...and Ari Fliakos is at the absolute top of narrators I could listen to ALL. DAY. Seriously, do yourself a favor and download this ASAP...it just may make you enjoy getting stuck in traffic!

And Mr. Pisani. Your audience is impatiently waiting for your next work. Giddyup.

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  • Sekai
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Awesome!

Funny!! Cool!! Cute!!! Optimistic with just the right amount of Satire!! And an alligator! Awesome!

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Single point of view narration

I liked the humour in the story
Language made it more authentic.
Overall it’s a great listen.

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No review possible

I couldn't even listen long enough to tell what the book was supposed to be about. Asking for my money back on this one. I think it's a generational issue. Most likely, if you're under 40, this book may well work for you. It just didn't for me.

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Really enjoyed

Dark at times, yet Very informative and funny. Loved it! Would read more from this author.

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Edgy, funny, clever

The lead character and narrator, Aaron, is simultaneously acerbic and very witty. He also turns out to have a lot more heart than even he expected. Terrific listen. The narrator, Ari Fliakos, is once again excellent, but doesn't have as much opportunity to show his versatility (as he does in The Nix) because the voice is almost entirely that of Aaron.

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Hilarious and A GREAT LISTEN!!!

What made the experience of listening to Amp'd the most enjoyable?

The narration is spot on and I'm not sure that reading this book vs. listening would have the same outcome. Listen to this book!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the whole thing! To be honest, the first 2 chapters don't completely grab you but by the third chapter you're locked in and giggling.

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Funny

Compelling and laugh out loud funny story with an inordinate amount of bad language. The funny is enough to counter the sad and depressing.

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Rarely will a book make me laugh out loud as this one did! Great fun, great narration!

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Smart, hilarious, touching... A wild ride

Terrific use of language and shotgun wit delivered with pitch perfect narration. Highly recommended, especially if suffering from a bad day or rough patch.