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How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In this poignant and original coming-of-age story, indie rock musician Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of his "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unsteady" upbringing and how it fed into his creativity.

The insecure son of a genius physicist, Everett was left to run wild with his sister while his father was off in some parallel universe of his own invention. A string of tragedies would claim his family members, one by one, yet somehow Everett managed to not only survive, but to make a life. Striking out on a journey to find himself, he channeled his experiences into critically acclaimed music with the Eels.

Told with surprising candor, Things the Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.

©2008 Mark Oliver Everett (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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One of the best Audible books I've heard......

and I've heard a lot of them.
I became curious about the author after seeing Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives. I wasn't familiar with his music.
It's a great survival story!
Compelling, well written and produced, and very well read!

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  • Rebecca
  • Minneapolis, mn, United States
  • 04-01-13

Sad, funny and inspiring...

Would you listen to Things the Grandchildren Should Know again? Why?

I have already listened to it twice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Things the Grandchildren Should Know?

Everett's amazing personality and sense of humor shine through the tragic and defining stories of his life giving new insight into the man and his music. Also, beautifully read by The Chet.

Have you listened to any of The Chet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to The Chet perform live with the Eels for years. As for audio books, I do not believe he has done any others but with his voice and annunciation, I would definitely love to hear more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book was so good, I woke up at 5 am just to finish it before going to work.

Any additional comments?

I strongly recommend this book.

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E Rules

Just like his music full of insight and emotion. Narrator Chet also a man of many talents

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  • Bradley
  • La Crosse, WI, United States
  • 03-28-11

Amateurish

This is what happens when someone who’s never been a reader, never studied literature or writing, up and decides he should write a book for the rest of us to read. The writing is mostly amateurish, full of empty and often corny clichés, never penetrating or insightful, and his tone reeks of that combination of self-pity and self-importance common to inexperienced writers (though to the narrator's credit, he manages to capture that tone).

A musician like Bob Dylan can write a decent memoir because he’s extremely well read and a first-rate poet. Keith Richards wrote a great memoir because he’s also well-read and had a decent writer help him. This book will appeal to Eels fans who aren’t interested in literary quality or great story telling, but I can’t see why anyone else would bother. Though he manages to get off an occasional one-liner, Everett's storytelling is strictly ho-hum, even when he's telling of a plane that crashed into his neighborhood.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful