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It’s 1936, and Tobias Henry is stuck in the frozen hinterlands of Michigan. Tobias is obsessed with two things: God and girls. Mostly girls, of course. But being a Baptist preacher’s son, he can’t escape God. When his father is blinded in a bizarre accident (involving hard cider and bird droppings), Tobias must ride the rails to Texas to recover a long-hidden stash of money. Along the way, he’s initiated into the hobo brotherhood by Craw, a ribald vagabond-philosopher. Obstacles arise in the form of a saucy prostitute, a flaming boxcar, and a man-eating catfish. But when he meets Sarah, a tough farm girl under a dark curse, he finds out that the greatest challenge of all is love.

©2011 Sam Torode (P)2011 Jeffrey Kafer

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  • Kathy
  • BRISTOL, VA, United States
  • 06-18-11

Laugh out loud funny and just irreverent enough.

One belly laugh after another. The story was well told, characters totally likeable. Absolutely hilarious, well worth the price, I can't recommend it strongly enough.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Strong language and pee your pants humor!

If you could sum up The Dirty Parts of the Bible in three words, what would they be?

hilarious, cussing, hilarious!

What other book might you compare The Dirty Parts of the Bible to and why?

Cake Icing, Butt Butter, and Tea Lids by Renee Andrews

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose & I wouldn't want to spoil the story!

If you could take any character from The Dirty Parts of the Bible out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Craw...although I would want my hubby along just for...safety!

Any additional comments?

I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book, but I would warn readers that the story's main character is a young man who is controlled by daydreams and hormones...and many of the other characters are hobos. The language is very strong, appropriate to the situation and characters. The story is "pee your pants funny"!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 12-02-15

Didn't make it to the end.

I tried to like this book, and short as it is I should have been able to get through it, but I gave up about an hour before the end. The two main characters were entertaining enough, though plot points seemed bland and predictable. If it got interesting in the last hour, then my apologies to the author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great performance, interesting story

Have you listened to any of Bruce Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard any other narrations by Bruce Miles but will seek out other performances. His voice was perfect for this story, He presented with a down home twang that matched the story line of Tobias recounting his experiences as a gawky and awkward boy, barely a man.

If you could rename The Dirty Parts of the Bible, what would you call it?

The title was what caught my attention so I wouldn't change it at all. I wasn't sure what it meant but thought it well fitting when I was done with the book.

Any additional comments?

I felt the best part of this story was the often reinforced idea that your parents can try to teach you all sorts of things on your way to adulthood but really, really...you learn most of life's lessons on your own. Wisdom tends to come from experience and the story revealed this. I like Tobias' mother and think her character is one I would have found fascinating to sit down and talk with.It was an entertaining travel companion. I've already described and recommended it to others and will, undoubtedly, listen to it again in the future. I am not reviewing it for perfection but rather for the sheer entertainment value. It made me laugh aloud and I enjoyed it. I will be seeking out other works by both the author and the narrator.

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  • Kimber
  • Beaver Falls, PA, United States
  • 01-30-12

interesting

If you could sum up The Dirty Parts of the Bible in three words, what would they be?

great story without being dirty, was interesting and I never got bored

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dirty Parts of the Bible?

when he caught the catfish

Have you listened to any of Bruce Miles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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What a great book , so was Bruce Miles.

What a great book. Enjoyed the book very much. Ask alot of questions, great answers. Lots of fun.

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nice

It got better as I read on. It seemed to drag a little in the beginning

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Almost a parody

A soporific monotone and a plot that relies on a every trope from the "magical negro" to the "manic pixie dream girl".

I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop - something that would make it less bad.

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Delightful Book

I did not know what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised. The story and the performance are excellent. Will look for more books by this author.
Gabriella

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Great audiobook introdiction

this is a wonderful novel, narrated by a wonderful narrator. It's almost like being read to you by your dad. The book was interesting, and they weren't doing too much but just enough to bring the story alive. at first I was skeptical about audio books, because to me nothing would beat the voices that I was having my head as I read a book myself. But clearly I was mistaken. Will it replace me reading books for myself? Absolutely not. But if you're doing something that requires used to have your eyes elsewhere and you can't be hands-free, this is an excellent alternative. Great book, great author, great narrator 10 out of 10.