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Parnassus on Wheels Audiobook

Parnassus on Wheels

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Publisher's Summary

Parnassus on Wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon, named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors (if not publishers) is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.

A roaring good adventure yarn spiced with fiery roadside brawls, the most groaning boards in the history of Yankee cookery, heroic escapes from death, and a rare love story, Roger Mifflin's story shows how bookselling can be one of the world's highest callings: dispelling ignorance while causing constant delight.

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    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 05-19-15
    Gillian Austin, TX, United States 05-19-15 Member Since 2017
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    "The Magical Mystery Tour: The Parnassus!"

    And it's pulled by a fat horse named Peg (short for Pegasus), followed by a spry dog named Bock, and led by the intrepid Helen McGill and the feisty Roger Mifflin.
    This absolute charmer of a book is told from the point of view of Helen McGill, a woman getting on in years (thirty-nine...oh, my!), who, for the first time in her life, does something for herself: namely, buys the Parnassus book mobile in an effort to keep it away from her book loving, suddenly-famous-author brother and goes on the road herself. On the way, she and Roger Mifflin have many adventures of their own, enjoyable conversations, meet delightful people, and, well, just make this one of the flat-out best audible experiences I've ever had. Nadia May nails not only Helen, but every single one of the characters, male/female, gruff/sophisticated, reserved/hysterical. She was absolutely made for this book.
    If you get the kindle whispersync version (or with the free kindle app if you don't have a kindle), this is an inexpensive listen that is sooooooo worth the time. Especially as it's so delightful, the smile will stay with you for many a day.
    HIGHLY recommended!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    A. J. McConachie So.Calif. 09-12-10
    A. J. McConachie So.Calif. 09-12-10 Member Since 2016
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    "A Jewel of a Novella"

    Let me ask you this... Are you tired of Listening to graphic sex. foul language, The crippling or mutilation, even murder of another person?
    While these do have their place, I would urge you to sit back and enjoy
    Parnassus on Wheels.
    What a delight to hear. There is everything you could want in this little Gem.
    Romance + Adventure + Mystery + Humor, and a wee bit of the blarney... You will love it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 05-16-10
    S. Stambler LOS ANGELES 05-16-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Old Fashioned Wonderful Read For The Whole Family."

    The kind of story that is a wonderful read. It reminded me a bit of Dickens but a few hundred years later. I love books. The character in this book loves books. As I said in the title, this is a wonderful sit down for the entire family.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe K. 10-18-08
    Joe K. 10-18-08
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    "This reader was perfect for this book."

    Cute story although it is very different, for some reason, it reminds me of "The Rainmaker" with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Ann Baker 09-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this sweet love story. The parts describing the value of books was described my thoughts well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ralene 05-12-17
    Ralene 05-12-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Charming fun sweet"

    I had never heard of this book before, and I'm glad Audible suggested it. What a fun time I had listening to it!

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    PTL6KDS MI, USA 10-10-16
    PTL6KDS MI, USA 10-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Delightful!!!"
    Where does Parnassus on Wheels rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was quaint with great description. The performance gave it life!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Parnassus on Wheels?

    It did not increase my interest in books but supported the interest I already had.


    What does Nadia May bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Such fun detail of this time period and the colorful descriptions bring the people and the time period to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Loved the narrator. Found nothing wrong. Enjoyed it very much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson 05-06-16
    Nelson 05-06-16
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    "Delightfully smart"

    If you love books, find a comfy chair in the sunshine and listen with delight.

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    Stan Illinois, USA 10-26-15
    Stan Illinois, USA 10-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "an unexpected treat. simple and heartwarming."

    a great performance of a very sweet, but intelligent story. too bad it's not better known.

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    Project23 Texas, USA 03-29-15
    Project23 Texas, USA 03-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Sweet story"

    I listened to the haunted bookshop first (out of order) and still enjoyed this. Made for a nice listen on a weekend morning.

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  • Vivienne F
    8/9/15
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    "Charming little tale"
    Any additional comments?

    Short, simple and delightful tale from a bygone era, with an endearing narrative voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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