Dane Stevens lives a well-curated existence as a body shop owner in a rural Maine town. He eats lunch at the same restaurant every day, sticks to routine, and dreads change.
Of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same - and changes like having to hire new cashiers are proving more cyclical than would be assumed in his sleepy little Maine town.
Every new hire is inexplicably followed in short order by the arrival of another 1965 Thunderbird, a car that has proven itself both his curse and possible savior. He has only ever worked on one, and has rejected all others since.
The obvious question is why, and eventually every new cashier gets around to asking.
It's a story that he never enjoys telling, but one that has shaped the man that he has become, maybe saved his marriage once or twice, and haunted his dreams for over five years.
Sometimes you meet people that irrevocably alter your perception of life, love, and everything else. For Dane, five years ago it was an old farmer and his wife's 1965 Thunderbird.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. It's a quick listen and so much is packed into that time. The author puts aspects of real life that are hard to describe in the story. For example, in the book, a story is being told by a narrator who is very good at what he does and he is conveying a specific bit of wisdom to someone who has no clue about the business. That is something hard to do in life, let alone literature. To streamline a large concept is not an easy feat of writing. There is a true sense of a whole life surrounding the narrator but we are given only glimpses. Those are enough to paint a big picture with and that is what gives the story power. No spoilers here, The author unfolds a tale which, like so many others, centers on a car. A fairly normal thing. But where he takes it from there is really remarkable. The book is an emotional roller coaster that cuts the fog and brings the important things in life into focus. It starts with the common and leaves you feeling extraordinary. The mark of a great short is the ability to make you feel big things and take you to unanticipated places. The Author does this wonderfully.
What other book might you compare Where I Can't Follow to and why?
Buick 8 by Stephen king. A car story that grows.Also, Grand Torino the movie with Clint Eastwood. The similarity is the narrators voice of the old farmer. He sounds like Clint's character.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I love books read by the author. They are usually not professional narrators, and often lack that level of clarity. BUT author narrations never fail to deliver in the honesty department. They don't rush the big important line. They understand the characters, the punctuation, and the overall feel better than any pro reader. I think that makes for a good listen. They're knowledge of the work comes through the production and adds weight to their story.
If you could take any character from Where I Can't Follow out to dinner, who would it be and why?
The old farmer. He seems like s tough egg to crack, but if you do, he is world wise and a wealth of knowledge.
Any additional comments?
I'm looking forward to more work fromChristopher Godsoe. He has a bunch of books. Audible, take notice!