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Don't Stop the Carnival

Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto
Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's every parrothead's dream: to leave behind the rat race of the workaday world and start life all over again amidst the cool breezes, sun-drenched colors, and rum-laced drinks of a tropical paradise. It's the story of Norman Paperman, a New York City press agent who, facing the onset of middle age, runs away to a Caribbean island to reinvent himself as a hotel keeper. (Hilarity and disaster - of a sort peculiar to the tropics - ensue.)  

It's the novel in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such acclaimed and best-selling novels as The Caine Mutiny and War and Remembrance draws on his own experience (Wouk and his family lived for seven years on an island in the sun) to tell a story at once brilliantly comic and deeply moving.

©1965, 1993, 1999 Herman Wouk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kelly
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  • 10-20-18

Silly but Charming. Funny, Smart and Memorable.

Review Have you ever wanted to run away from life and begin again in the tropics? If you are anything like Norman Pepperman it is a bad idea! But I am so glad that he suffered from this particular midlife crisis and that Herman Wouk allowed me the pleasure of witnessing the antics that followed. If anything could go wrong ... it did. And poor Norman tried so hard to stay positive and upbeat. He tried so hard to make his new beach life work. This book made me laugh out loud when I was listening in bed next to my sleeping husband. Oops. Wouk is a master and this book proves it ... not because it is his best, because it isn't. I like The Winds of War, War and Remembrance and The Caine Mutiny all better. But this book is a complete departure from the above with absolutely no similarities to those more recognized titles. And yet it is still written with such beautifully and carefully chosen words that it is unmistakably his. And the differences in setting and style are so distinct that it emphasizes the greatness of his talent.

A strong 4 stars.

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Excellent book and narrator.

The author and writing needs no further recommendation, but I found this book to be lively, entertaining and funny.

The narration, voice and style, were a perfect match to the book.

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Wouk was a master of human relationships.

An easy listen that follows the misadventures of New Yorker, Norman Paperman, who tries to follow his dream and run a Caribbean resort. Caos and a cast of crazy characters keep the story moving along. A good book from a great author.

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Don't expect The Caine Mutiny

The main character was impulsive and foolish to the very end. Very frustrating to read if you admire people who think through decisions and make logical decisions. Everything that could go wrong goes wrong, but it's not humorous antics. And just when it goes right, it ends.

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Narrator choice a bit off?

This is one of my favorite books and while I did enjoy the audible version, I would have chosen a different narrator.

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Stick with Buffett

Dry, both in story and telling. Listen to Jimmy Buffett instead. It's not the same portrayed carnival.

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