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The Last Decent Parking Place in North America

Narrated by: Tom Bodett
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Fiction, Humor
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bodett offers his keen, unforgettable observations of the lives of the people of Homer, Alaska, who "just ended up there, and stayed". Includes stories about Clara's coffee cup, Emmitt Frank, Jenuwine McDoogan, "the expert", "a lucky break", "missing youth", "Doug's stuff", and "the best sauna story so far".
©1991 Tom Bodett (P)2009 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Bodett's short stories are perfect for the audio format, and his matching, low-key, folksy style is equally addictive." ( AudioFile)

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Happy surprise

I listened to this book as an audiobook. I had no previous experience with this book or the author. The stories and the characters grew on me. It felt like I was unwrapping a special present while each vignette unfolded. I was very sad to say good-bye to these characters when the book was over and I plan to seek out more works by Tom Bodett.

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Folksy, Family-Friendly Humor

Where does The Last Decent Parking Place in North America rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks among the books I'd play on a car-ride with family. Humor fits well with all ages, kids to grandparents.

What other book might you compare The Last Decent Parking Place in North America to and why?

Any of the Prairie Home Companion books.

Have you listened to any of Tom Bodett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The author is a good narrator for his stories. He brings his characters to life with honesty and passion. A young adult novel was made from one of the short stories: Norman Tuttle on the Last Frontier. The author did a great job narrating that book, as well.

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Classic Americana

Just about every review of Tom Bodett's extraordinarily successful Motel 6 commercials remarks on him empathy. That genuine caring for the regular folks at The End o f the Road is apparent and infectious. These are honest and heart warming stories that deserve more attention. Tom Bodett is a creative talent. A fact belied by his success flogging motel rooms. We have thoroughly enjoyed these stories and hope you will too.

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Cute, short, nice stories

A fantastic listen for a family car trip. Fun and wholesome entertainment, spoken by a true master storyteller.

I listened to these as a kid, and again as an adult. I enjoyed them both times.

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