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Pontoon Audiobook

Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

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Publisher's Summary

Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously. Add a surprise boyfriend and a band of newly arrived Mormon missionaries, and the gently rendered chaos is complete.

©2007 Garrison Keillor; (P)2007 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Narration by the Author or Authors, 2008

"There's plenty of fun to be had with the well-timed deadpans and homespun wit." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    Richard A. Newton Jr. 11-25-15
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    "Great Wobegon Story!"

    For those who know the town, the additional characters fit right in. With outrageous back stories and equally extravagant experiences, told by one of the best storytellers, the book is well worth listening to. I highly recommend it.

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    Matt Updike 05-27-15
    Matt Updike 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Not your typical Garrison Keillor"

    Pontoon is definitely not a typical Lake Wobegon story. Sure, Lake Wobegon is most of the setting but the theme isn't really whimsical. This is an adult Keillor novel, some of the narration delves into things you may not want the kids to hear. While not as rich in Midwestern humor the story is well done. The publisher apparently didn't read the book as the publisher's spiel about the book was off-base. The story is mostly about Evelyn Peterson's life and the surrounding events with her family and intermixed with other current and former Lake Wobegon residents.

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    Ann 05-12-15
    Ann 05-12-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasant. Easy to listen to"

    I enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the relaxed narration. Very funny at one point. However, His. narration, story, and humour is similar to, but not nearly as good as Stewart Maclean. I enjoyed it because it was reminiscent of Stewart Maclean and the Vinyl Cafe.

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    Nicole Bednar 04-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "What a spectacular storyteller!
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    Always love a good Lake Wobegon story 93rd by the master! kept me listening and smiling!

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    KDFritts 04-01-15
    KDFritts 04-01-15

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    "An amazingly simple AND complex slice of life!"

    Humorous yet poignantly describes all of our us! Life, Love, Loss, Family, Crazy, Sane
    Alphabet soup in the wo serous town of Lake Wobegon.
    Garrison Keeler delivers his work magnificently.

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    Debbie 03-26-15
    Debbie 03-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "My first Keillor, but not my last!"

    I enjoyed every minute of this quirky story. I'll be reading and/ or listening to more in the near future.

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    Amazon Customer PA, USA 03-24-15
    Amazon Customer PA, USA 03-24-15

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    "Life, even death, can be a hoot!"

    A fun funeral was had by all, well, maybe not all! Well worth the listen.

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    Angiela J. Miller 03-18-15

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    "Best read so far this year"

    A uniquely written story about finding your best life while you can. A irreverent but hilarious at the same time.

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    RFRMAC South Jordan, Utah, United States 10-13-14
    RFRMAC South Jordan, Utah, United States 10-13-14 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    "Very Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so disappointed in this book. It turns out to be a sad commentery of the people Mr. Garrison is writing about in Lake Wobegon. It is dark and not funny.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, I have 7 books to choose from.


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

    It is nice to hear him read it and music interludes are nice but the story is not at all what I expected and was very disappointed.


    What character would you cut from Pontoon?

    I would cut many of them. They all have alcohol problems with not very happy lives. I did not expect that. If I wanted that, I would have chosen another book or just read the newspaper.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, people get old. They find out that life is not what they hoped. Bad things happen to good people as well as bad. I always thought that Lake Wobegon was a little above that. Most of the characters have either alcohol and more alcohol problems, religious problems, or family and people problems, and some had all three. The book is dark, not funny, and reminds me more of a reality show. I waited to long to read it. By a couple of days I was too late to return it. If you expect a happy, funny look at people from Lake Wobegon, this is not the book for you. I do not understand what some other reviewers found that was so funny. I found it overall a sad commentary .

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    Bonnie Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-30-14
    Bonnie Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Writer, Horrible Narrator"
    What would have made Pontoon better?

    All they had to do was hire a narrator. The story was enjoyable the narration is what ruined the book for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the story and getting to know all of the characters that Garrison Keillor had created.


    What didn’t you like about Garrison Keillor’s performance?

    I don't think Garrison Keillor ever read aloud before. Not only did he use the exact same inflection in every sentence, he ended his reading before a sentence was over and then added the final couple of words as if it were the beginning of the next sentence. It was actually painful to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story is great, I think reading the book on my own would have been far more enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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