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In this epic drama from beloved radio personality Tom Bodett, a host of unforgettable characters from the end of the road - Alaska - venture to the lower 48 to discover an America they barely recognize.

The first to arrive is Ed Flannigan, who has one arm, no job, and not a clue about how to get on with his life. Somehow he winds up in Quartz Creek, Oregon, contending with New Age colonists, organic vegetables, and a cranky old farmer who gives him peculiar and good advice about growing peaches.

Meanwhile, Lloyd and Evelyn Decker leave home and hit the road in a powder blue Road Ranger to find their wayward children; Oliver the Dreamer, a soft-spoken amnesiac, finds a home and a family under a bridge in Seattle; and Webster Cummings, a statistical research analyst, survives a fall from a commuter plane to bring together these and other strange and wonderful characters for an unexpected revelation that alters all their lives.

©2009 Tom Bodett (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • NEW LISBON, WI, United States
  • 01-26-12

You'll Love the Americana

If you could sum up The Free Fall of Webster Cummings in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, Witty, Smart

What other book might you compare The Free Fall of Webster Cummings to and why?

Like no other I have ever read

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

Tom Bodett paints vivd images with metaphor and weaves a tale like no other author. While his voice may seem somewhat monotone, it suits his material and style of writing so perfectly, it makes it feel familiar, like you are listening to an old friend tell the story, and leaves you believing you know the people in the stories.

Any additional comments?

Tom Bodett is one of the Great American Story Tellers. Don't miss this or any of his wonderful tales.

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Tom Bodett is the most underrated modern author

Amazing heartwarming and inspiring. Tom Bodett captures the heart of the American in his down to earth easy going way. His wonderful delivery only compliments an already wonderful story.

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Tom Bodett goes long on the short story

I enjoyed this audible book immensely. Each chapter is like a short story but the author weaves the stories together in the most magical way to create a longer tale. Bodett’s Reading is magical also; The timing and intonation bring out the poignancy of each scene. He doesn’t tell us what the characters are feeling but rather gives us a vivid handle on there on their inner life by his pristine description of their actions and the setting. The plot is full of improbable coincidences but we are happy to go along. He avoids the neat ribbon that ties all the stories together, yet we have a feeling at the end that it all makes sense. I recommended strongly as a listen, and I’m left wondering if it is as superb without Tom providing the voices.

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Wonderful, as usual!

The author is a wonderful narrator. He should have also read the chapter names. The style of those brief inserts was misplaced and not pleasant.