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Publisher's Summary

Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: she taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust.

When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.

©2007 Patricia Wood; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. and Books on Tape. All rights reserved.

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"Wood's light humor and likable narrator...have mass appeal." (Publishers Weekly)

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lottery

very enjoyable and insightful. it'll also make you think about what is really important to make anyone happy. one of the best books released in a long time.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 07-26-08

BRAVO

Although I have been listening to Audible books for a few years, this is the first time I've felt truly compelled to write a review. The book was poignant, touching, and believable, absolutely holding my interest. But what really stood out for me about this book was the narration. This is the only book I've "listened to" (rather than read) where I felt that the narration added so much value to experiencing this novel, that I am sure I would not have enjoyed reading the book nearly as much as listening to Paul Michael read this book. His ability to give a distinct and consistent voice, especially to the characters of Keith and "Gram" added so much to my enjoyment and sense of these characters. This was particularly effective because Perry learned so much from these two characters in particular and what they taught him stayed resident in his mind contributing significantly to his growth and development.......therefore, the narrator's ability to consistently articulate a distinct voice for these characters, both when they spoke but also when Perry reflected on their words in his thoughts, added tremendously to the effectiveness and impact of this book. This isa a very enjoyable and uplifting story. HIGHLY recommended audio book

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • B.J.
  • Minneapolis, MN, United States
  • 04-14-08

Charming

I tend to be a bit too cynical for most "feel good" books. This one could have gone that direction, but the characters are too fleshed out to fall victim to an easy categorization like that. I missed the characters when the book ended and immediately started to listen to it again. The author has accomplished something significant with her ability to create sympathetic characters.

This narrator is first rate. He gives the characters such a distinctive voice without falling prey to gimmicks. Terrific listen. This book has made many dog walks much more enjoyable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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a delightful read

A book I can recommend to all readers with all sensitivities. Although a little bit predictable, the story was full of delightful characters. Even weeks later I still hear pearls of wisdom ringing in my ears from Perry's marvelous little entourage. The narration was one of the best I've enjoyed lately.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr.
  • Lake Oswego, OR, United States
  • 06-17-09

A Fun Read

Lottery is a light, fun read. Not a story to be taken too seriously - the story focuses on a mildly mentally retarded young adult who wins the Washington State lottery. Not surprisingly, his relationships with everyone in his life change. Interesting characters are developed and the story has a few unexpected twists. Although I enjoyed the story, and had a few laugh out loud moments, by the end of it I was glad to be finished. I must admit that in the 2+ months since I listened to the story, I have not thought about it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Alicia
  • Mexico, Mexico
  • 10-10-08

Very Sweet

This is a lift up your spirits story. With it's share of grief and joy it is a wonderful listen. I think the narration was great with all the characters having their distinctive voices.

The main character is adorable, although he might remind you of Forrest Gump, at least a bit. There are some plot holes, but are minor. Overall I'd definitely recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard
  • Pembroke Pines, FL, United States
  • 02-25-08

A Gem

First let me say that I really enjoy this narrator. He also read Life of Pi which was another great book. This book to me is as good or better. You get involved with the people and care about them. That is unusual for me. I could not help but care and want to jump in and straighten some people out. I highly recommend this book. It is well worth the credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

I don't often write reviews but I wanted to write one for this book. I loved it!! It made me laugh and cry and I can't say that for too many audiobooks. Definitely worth it!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kristin
  • Fort Atkinson, WI, United States
  • 12-01-07

Moving and authentic

The Lottery captures the spirit of the very real challenges faced by developmentally disabled adults. The author does a fabulous job of delivering an engaging story in a voice that is realistic yet endearing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Maryalyce
  • El Mirage, AZ, United States
  • 09-19-07

Most enjoyable

This is a touching story with indelible characters and top-notch narration.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful