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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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    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 05-17-16
    Kathleen Valentine Gloucester, MA, United States 05-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "There's nobody like Garrison Keillor!!!"

    There's just nobody like Garrison Keillor! This book has everything we love about Lake Wobegon--a feisty old lady with a secret life who wants her ashes to be buried in a bowling ball; a goofy bride who made a fortune in aromatherapy for pets; a disgruntled daughter with a drinking problem; warring siblings and visiting Danish clergy. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! When the ridiculously lavish wedding is called off, but not all the participants are informed, and it collides with the internment of the old lady in the bowling ball, everything runs amok. The collision of a naked hang glider, an Elvis impersonator, a couple of giant mechanical ducks, and the horrified citizens of Lake Wobegon is as hilarious as only Garrison Keillor can make it. I listened to the Audible version which Keillor narrated in his unmistakable style and embellished with piano interludes.

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    Paul Gautreaux 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it!"

    Great story as usual. At the ending, I was laughing so hard I like to have peed myself.

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    D. Runyon 01-12-16
    D. Runyon 01-12-16
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    "Unusual but had to Finish"
    Where does Pontoon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Different style of book for me.


    Would you recommend Pontoon to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I think it was difficult to relate to.


    What three words best describe Garrison Keillor’s voice?

    Slow and indifferent


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It took several chapters to get involved in the story. I did find I wanted to hear how the story ended but I wouldn't say it was so good I couldn't put it down. the narrator definitely took their time telling the story.

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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
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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
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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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