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Publisher's Summary

Wilber Winkle was called a "national treasure" by no less than TV's Larry King, and his book was dubbed the funniest in decades by American Bookseller. What does Mr. Winkle do? Without fear, he writes letters to the massive corporations responsible for popular consumer products, demanding satisfaction and complaining about even the most minor of flaws. And miraculously, the corporations answer.

A gift guaranteed to have listeners laughing out loud. Plus, a gentle but effective primer to customer service types and, for the most reluctant of readers, an easy audiobook to listen to and a superior way to learn how to write a business letter.

©1997 Bancroft Press (P)2013 Bancroft Press

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Hilarious.

This is a hilarious book, showing just how much power the written word carries, as the author gets huge corporations to pay attention to even the smallest complaints, some of which were just too ridiculous for words! Excellent narration too, this book will tickle your funnybone, and maybe give you some ideas for the next time your unhappy with a company.

I was voluntarily given a review copy of this audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher through Audiobookboom.

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Not as much humor as I had anticipated.

Wilber Winkle writes prank type letters to a lot of big businesses. I expected something along the lines of the old Crank Yankers television program or the Gilbert Gnarley character that Gary Burbank used to perform. While it was in the same genre, it just didn't have as much to it that made me laugh. Occasionally, a letter or response would make me grin, so I didn't consider it a waste of time. However, I felt like a majority of the gags were more of a swing and miss. The narrator delivered very well.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Lynn
  • Texas
  • 01-06-17

Have a complaint? Funny book of Complaints

Would you listen to Wilber Winkle Has a Complaint again? Why?

Yes, since some of his complaints were out there. Who writes a letter to the weather channel? And not just one letter he keeps responding to them.

If you’ve listened to books by John Homans before, how does this one compare?

I've never heard any of his books before, but I have no complaints on his reading. I would have loved to have seen a visual of it. Some of the letters were funny and I don't know how he read them without laughing.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were a few letters that cracked me up. What about my almonds on the candy bar? I never knew they were missing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Wilbur writes letters on anything and everything that bugs him. Maybe if we sent him our complaints he could write them for us also.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Off the Wall

This author evidently has way too much time on his hands! This is indeed a very strange story but the strangest thing is I kept listening! All the way to the end, hmmm.

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lol hilarious

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Witty and entertaining

This is a hilarious collection of letters, emails and their responses. Many well known companies are called upon to answer ridiculous complaints and their responses are hilarious! A must read for anyone in customer service!I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Mildly funny, yet annoying at times

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I do have friends who would think this is funny

If you’ve listened to books by John Homans before, how does this one compare?

This is my first book by John

What about Gary Roelofs’s performance did you like?

I felt he did a fine job.

What did you take away from Wilber Winkle Has a Complaint that you can apply to your work?

I did get a good sense of how to write a letter to get my message across while still sounding friendly

Any additional comments?

This wasn't exactly what I was expecting. At first I found it annoying but as I continued listening I found that I did get a few laughs. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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Wilber Winkle Has a Complaint

Wilber Winkle Has a Complaint
: John Homans

A humorous look at complacent letters one person sent to major corporations over the years. Wilber Winkle has a serious problem with feelings of inadequacy and has no life.


The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Gary Roelofs made it possible for me to laugh just a bit.



"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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Had to stop listening

I got through an hour of this and just had to quit. These are complaint letters written to companies and the responses. I thought the book would be humorous or at least interesting but no. The letters are so odd they often sound like they are written by someone with a mental health problem...not funny. The company responses are occasionally non responsive but more often courteous and respectful...again, not funny.

On the plus side, the narrator was good and I enjoyed listening to him. He did a good job bringing the letters to life but I could not enjoy the content of the book even with his talents. I also think the narration would have been better with one voice for the complaint letters and one for the responses.

I received this audiobook for free.

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Silly!

This book is a collection of comical complaint letters sent to companies as well as individuals. This is very light reading and gave me a few good chuckles, especially the one about coffee! My husband has the same complaint! Thanks for the laughs!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.