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Parnassus on Wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon, named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors (if not publishers) is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.

A roaring good adventure yarn spiced with fiery roadside brawls, the most groaning boards in the history of Yankee cookery, heroic escapes from death, and a rare love story, Roger Mifflin's story shows how bookselling can be one of the world's highest callings: dispelling ignorance while causing constant delight.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 05-19-15

The Magical Mystery Tour: The Parnassus!

And it's pulled by a fat horse named Peg (short for Pegasus), followed by a spry dog named Bock, and led by the intrepid Helen McGill and the feisty Roger Mifflin.
This absolute charmer of a book is told from the point of view of Helen McGill, a woman getting on in years (thirty-nine...oh, my!), who, for the first time in her life, does something for herself: namely, buys the Parnassus book mobile in an effort to keep it away from her book loving, suddenly-famous-author brother and goes on the road herself. On the way, she and Roger Mifflin have many adventures of their own, enjoyable conversations, meet delightful people, and, well, just make this one of the flat-out best audible experiences I've ever had. Nadia May nails not only Helen, but every single one of the characters, male/female, gruff/sophisticated, reserved/hysterical. She was absolutely made for this book.
If you get the kindle whispersync version (or with the free kindle app if you don't have a kindle), this is an inexpensive listen that is sooooooo worth the time. Especially as it's so delightful, the smile will stay with you for many a day.
HIGHLY recommended!

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A Jewel of a Novella

Let me ask you this... Are you tired of Listening to graphic sex. foul language, The crippling or mutilation, even murder of another person?
While these do have their place, I would urge you to sit back and enjoy
Parnassus on Wheels.
What a delight to hear. There is everything you could want in this little Gem.
Romance + Adventure + Mystery + Humor, and a wee bit of the blarney... You will love it.

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Old Fashioned Wonderful Read For The Whole Family.

The kind of story that is a wonderful read. It reminded me a bit of Dickens but a few hundred years later. I love books. The character in this book loves books. As I said in the title, this is a wonderful sit down for the entire family.

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This reader was perfect for this book.

Cute story although it is very different, for some reason, it reminds me of "The Rainmaker" with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn.

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If you love books...

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! If you love the countryside or have ever dreamed of owning a bookstore, I think you'll enjoy it too. I won't recap the story except to say that it involves a turn-of-the-century farm woman finding adventure. Although the story is quaint, it is plausible and fun.

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Sweet and funny!

I was pleasantly surprised by this simple yet sweet and funny story. It was the perfect story for an autumn listen. Gentle romance and adventure with a love of books. Couldn't ask for more!

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Excellent book, highly recommended

This is a well crafted story that moves fast and provides plenty of inspiration and wisdom. Indeed, it's a memorable tale cleverly disguised as a love story among an intelligent and mature couple.

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  • kaylady
  • Morgan Hill, CA US
  • 02-14-18

The bookstore on wheels

A charming story of an older version of a sort of bookmobile, with an older codger who drives it around selling books. He decides he wants to take a break and write his own book, so he sells it to an author's sister. Adventures follow.

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sweet story

Fun, quick book but I wish the narrator had used different voices for the characters. It's a sweet love story.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this sweet love story. The parts describing the value of books was described my thoughts well.

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  • Vivienne F
  • 08-09-15

Charming little tale

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Short, simple and delightful tale from a bygone era, with an endearing narrative voice.