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The Simpleton Audiobook

The Simpleton

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Publisher's Summary

First contact: assess human with the flawed, rudimentary, mind....

Unbeknownst to simpleton Cuddy Perkins, his dependable, uneventful, life was about to be turned completely upside down.

It's a moonless summer night when a severely damaged intergalactic spacecraft enters Earth's upper orbit. The alien pilot is desperate. He needs to hold up long enough to make repairs - before his pursuers find him.

Cuddy Perkins lives a simple life with his mother, his dog Rufus, and a scattering of farm animals that still inhabit their old, dilapidated, Woodbury Tennessee ranch. He was used to the insults: retard...simpleton...village idiot. Momma says to just ignore them...people can be heartless. But Cuddy already knew he had been different, ever since the accident back when he was seven. He didn't know how long ago that was, exactly, but he did know he was pretty big now - taller than his older brother, Kyle...who was in prison, and the Woodbury Sherriff - the man who put him there.

©2016 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2017 Mark Wayne McGinnis

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    Skipper 02-17-17
    Skipper 02-17-17

    I prefer 3rd person point-of-view, and books with fewer than 500 pages.

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    "Say What?"

    Excellent narration. 3rd person POV. Set in present-day small town Tennessee and aboard a spaceship heading for a distant planet.

    I feel betrayed by the rave reviews. I had my hopes up, but this was a waste of money and time. Not heartwarming or poignant. Not suspenseful or scary. Not witty or even mildly funny. Just a bizarre mix of characters and relationships, plus unrealistic plot lines, an unresolved ending, and a nauseatingly vapid romance.

    One of the decisions the author made was to try to "make nice" with a hateful thug: The sheriff's disgusting son Tony beats a harmless pedestrian to a bloody pulp, leaving him unconscious at side of road, shoots the windows out of a humble home, steals a car, and tries to frame an innocent man. But we should forget all that? Tony should become a hero, and a friend? No. Without extensive rehabiliation, one simply can't make a silk purse out of that sow's ear. That's just one example of the characterization and relationship issues I struggled with in this book.

    Contents might be acceptable for younger readers. No sex. Some random swearing, I think. Some disgusting scenes involving torture, etc.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sph123 02-22-17
    Sph123 02-22-17
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    "Really bad"

    I can't believe I forced myself to listen to this 'book'. It was stupid and the narrator wasn't much better.

    Not recommended.

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    Edward S. 04-12-17
    Edward S. 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty Good"

    For a younger age, 3rd to 7th grade. A little corni in places. A little lacking in hard science.

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    Amazon Customer 04-11-17
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    "Good start, weak finish"

    I enjoyed the beginning of the book, which I thought handled pretty well the back story of the simpleton and the events leading up to his transformation. The latter half of the book seemed rushed and poorly developed, as if the author was just trying to wrap it up and get it delivered. That said, I enjoyed the consistent theme of redemption, even it it was handled weakly at times.

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    Larry 03-09-17
    Larry 03-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Lovely story, full of heart, rich in character!"

    Not a warriors in space novel, but just folks who have been blessed with brilliance being on the side of the Angels. Uplifting story as terrains reach out to help an evolved alien species.
    A young man brain damaged as a whole soul boy is healed by a starship auto doctor. His mind is healed to the next level of the human mind. Starting slow, but grows rich soon.
    A peter pan space SciFi.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 02-24-17
    Terry 02-24-17 Listener Since 2008
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    "Ignore the Hokey"

    The beginning seemed so hokey I almost quit; But glad I didn't. Great little story. Characters flesh out.

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    cameron 02-12-17
    cameron 02-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "It was OK."

    Not really what I was hoping for. it's almost the same as the scrapyard ship series. I figured it would have been something totally original. Maybe the next book will be better. I'm an optimist.

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