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Manhood for Amateurs (Free Promotional Excerpt)

Narrated by: Michael Chabon
Length: 14 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (249 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author offers his first major work of nonfiction, an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful, and powerful as his acclaimed, award-winning fiction. Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and his vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. What does it mean to be a man today?

As a devoted son, as a passionate husband, and above all as a father, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious, and moving, Manhood for Amateurs is destined to become a classic.

©2009 Michael Chabon (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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okay book.

this book was an alright book to listen to. I like what it was talking about very interesting.

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First Chapter is Great

The author has tthe voice, it is his talent. I'm interested in reading his books.

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Very interesting!

An interesting look at high fidelity and rock and roll that are not around much.

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Meh

narration was good, I wanted to like it based off the title. Maybe it improves, it was a struggle getting through free excerpt. Well written, unfortunately kind of a snooze fest. Maybe change title from man to boy would be more apropos.

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Not What I Was Expecting

I love Michael Chabon but this audiobook sample was too short to really capture my attention. It was an interesting snapshot on Chabon's love for music but I didn't really connect with it. I don't have the same love of music as he does, although I did find this quirky story charming at the points where Chabon interacted with his mom's boyfriend.

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Enjoyabel. A former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.

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Michael chabon has given a awesome story

the way the story gets the most important thing is that the same time as I have a great day and I will be a good idea to have the same thing happened to the same time as the one I had the same as a result I will be in touch with the same time I was wondering how I can do to help with your company is in the future I will have a great time with you on Monday and Wednesday at the same time to do it in a few months I have to be in a few weeks back