The Minnesota Chronicles

The Gustafer Yellowgold Story: Volume 2
Narrated by: Morgan Taylor
Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who knew that a visit to Minnesota would be even stranger than life on the Sun? Musician and storyteller Morgan Taylor returns with another Gustafer Yellowgold tale and a collection of kid-friendly rock tunes that the whole family can enjoy.

This Audible Original begins where I’m from the Sun: The Gustafer Yellowgold Story leaves off, as our brave, young sunling prepares for his most daring adventure yet. Emboldened by a putterbike race victory against his archnemesis, Gustafer Yellowgold heads to Earth to cure his ultra-rare case of Ice-Cream-Cone-Heart. Back on the Sun, Gustafer’s older brother Ben faces the heat from Mission Control when the journey doesn’t go as planned, and young Gustafer’s fate hangs in the balance. He risks his own golden hide to find Earthlings among the lakes of Minnesota–but can he count on them to help him get his journey back on track and make it back home? 

Two-time Grammy nominee Morgan Taylor has long been a hit with ever-hip parents and kids on the family circuit with his smart and catchy multimedia concerts. The Minnesota Chronicles (Gustafer’s first adventure on Earth) features 12 new songs and fresh recordings of two fan favorites, co-produced with Grammy-winning producer Dean Jones. This captivating production is perfect for family listening as well as for kids ages six and up to discover and enjoy on their own. Besides hours of delightful storytelling and music, listeners will take away some mildly revolutionary life lessons: Don’t assume, earn trust, and don’t judge an eel by its shade of purple.

Also included is a plethora of bonus material, featuring a full album’s worth of the songs from The Minnesota Chronicles, starting at Chapter 16. Only from Audible. 

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"My kids and I had no idea the sequel would be THIS great! Unexpected twists and turns, and truly original, funny characters—highly recommended for the whole family!"

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Our favorite moments from Gustafer Yellowgold

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"Biggest, wildest, coldest gasp of breath…"
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What would I do without you, Slimothy?
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Original songs medley

Samples from The Minnesota Chronicles

  • "Biggest, wildest, coldest gasp of breath…"
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  • What would I do without you, Slimothy?
  • Original songs medley

About the Creator and Performer

After a dozen or so years in the Dayton, Ohio indie-rock scene, mostly self-taught musical and visual artist Morgan Taylor moved to NYC in 1999 in pursuit of a life in the arts. While primarily focusing on songwriting and performing, Taylor honed his skills as a professional sound engineer. By 2004 he brought his love of drawing into the blend to self-produce the first Gustafer Yellowgold picture books, with cartoon images depicting the lyrics of some of his quirkier indie-folk pop songs. The books soon became animated, read-along music videos. The strong reaction from fans and press inspired Taylor to hit the stage with an early version of his multimedia concert in spring of 2005; within three years, he was full-time into the world of Gustafer. Over 2,000 live performances, eight CD/DVD albums, and two Grammy nominations later, Taylor is just hitting his creative stride with the Gustafer Yellowgold series.

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More, More, More!

My 6, 9, 12 (and the very young 45 year old writing this) are so fully taken in by this weird and funny world. The music is SO good too. And he lands in MINNESOTA?! Now we can't wait for book 3!

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An even wilder ride that tops the original!

My kids and I are huge fans of the first book in this series, so we snatched this up immediately. We knew we'd like it, but had no idea it would be THIS great. It starts right where book 1 leaves off and takes all kinds of twists and turns with truly original and unexpected funny characters. The songs in this one are shorter and more story-driven, and reminds a little of Muppet Movie songs (in the best way). Kudos to Audible and the creator for a fun and unexpected sequel - it's for kids, but highly recommended for the whole family.

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More action-packed than Gustafer #1!

My kids loved the new characters and all of the action and suspense that Gustafer finds himself in while on Earth. Plus, the whole family still loves the music!

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And the hits keep coming...

Such catchy music! In addition to the songs being embedded into the story, their unedited versions are also added as bonus chapters. Combining the whimsy, inventiveness, and catchiness of Laurie Berkner music with Ben Folds Five and the Beatles influences gives you an idea of the musical style. Very enjoyable.
Oh, and the story is wonderful too! Gustafer is now on his own and as a result the tale feels even more exciting and compelling than Vol 1 (which my kids and I also love).

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Modern Pop Gold for Parents who love real music

Gustafer Yellowgold always pushes me and my family into a new land of exploration. And just like the videos/cartoons are super vivid, the audio adventures of Gustafer will paint vivid pictures in your imagination. Highly recommended. Kids love it.

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Awesome!!

I Liked Volume 1 of Gustafer Yellwgold And listening to this one is Amazing I liked how Ben Yellowgold made the Sunpod for Him I liked how he returned home I liked how Gustafer Cured his Case Of Ice Cream Cone Heart!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!,!😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Our house LOVES Gustafer!

We've been Gustafer Yellowgold fans for a long time. Our older kids grew up with Gustafer, and now their younger brother is listening and singing along. We enjoy listening to Gustafer's story as much our son does. If you're looking for a way to spark your child's imagination and get them away from screens, start here. Thank you Audible!

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Brilliant

We have been listening/watching Gustafer Yellowgold in our house for years! My kids love it. Morgan has a way to reach children where they are. And this story proves that again.

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Fantastic!

While not quite as good as the first part (which you should immediately get now if you haven't already), this was still extremely good.
Such an original storyline with great characters.
My nine year old son and I have audiobooks going constantly and this was one of our absolute favorites.
This one is shorter so I just payed for it rather than using a credit.
Still well worth the price.

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My Daughter Was Extremely Excited...

...and so was I for part 2 of Gustafer! We have listened to it twice so far, and she keeps asking for us to listen to it again.

She learned quite a lot of the lyrics from her first listen and often plays the songs just to sing along with them. Admittedly not as grabbing to me as part 1 songs, but ok nonetheless.

My 6-yr-old and I look forward to part 3! ^.^

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