It has been 105 years since writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, took his final breath.
But, nearly identical in appearance, personality, and authentic dress, you would think he was sitting in Tom's living room today - a traveler brought here through some freak accident involving time and space.
You see, Tom has managed to inherit a most unusual houseguest. Not a doting relative or an old friend but a stranger who claims to be Mark Twain himself - a man who looks and acts the part, down to his dry wit and dramatic panache. One whom Tom knows by the name "Earl"...for reasons he'll get into later.
As the two men get to know each other over the course of eye-opening conversations and humorous insights about the world, an unexpected friendship emerges - while Tom struggles to discover the origins of the mysterious guest once and for all.
But when the truth gets a little too close for comfort, Tom must decide whether he wants to keep up the relentless search for the man's real identity...or simply relax and enjoy the (supposed) presence of one of history's greatest literary icons.
Would you listen to Living with Earl again? Why?
Probably not, not because the book isn't good, but because I don't re-read or re-listen to books...so many out there that I want to explore, but is it worth a second listen? Sure is!
What other book might you compare Living with Earl to and why?
I don't know that there IS a comparison. Living with Earl is unique.
Which character – as performed by Brian Schell – was your favorite?
Hard to choose between Earl and Tom. Both are great, believable, characters.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I can't say there is a single moment that moved me. The stories are sometime funny, sometimes a little sad, and all written so well. Good job, Tom!
Any additional comments?
The narrator was a perfect choice for this book.
NOTE: The audio version of this book was provided to me by the author for review.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this--it's more like a series of vignettes, I guess, than a traditional story. At times it was like listening to funny conversations between your crazy uncles, and at other times it was like listening to annoying lectures from that one grouchy uncle who thinks he knows better than everyone else. Always enjoyable, though.
Hours and hours of thought-provoking laughs. I am a huge fan of Mark Twain, and clearly the author is as well. Descriptions of the mysterious visitor Earl were so well-written I could SEE him leaning thoughtfully back in his chair and SMELL those delicious puffs of cigar smoke that accompanied so many of his clever observations. Can't wait for the sequel - at least I really hope there will be more!