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The Road to Amazing

Narrated by: Josh Hurley
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)
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"I think gay guys like weddings more than anyone. And it's not because we want to destroy marriage, like some people say. It's because we really, really want to get married!"

Russel Middlebrook is gettin' hitched! The wedding is taking place in a remote lodge on an island in Puget Sound. Russel and his husband-to-be have invited all their close friends to spend the whole weekend together beforehand. And for the first time in his life, Russel is determined to not be neurotic, and not over-think things.

But that's before things start going wrong. Who expected a dead killer whale to wash up on the beach below the inn? And what's this about a windstorm approaching? Then there's the problem of Russel's anxious fiancé, who is increasingly convinced the whole thing is going to be a disaster.

Meanwhile, the wedding is taking place near the ruins of a small town, Amazing, where, a hundred years earlier, the people supposedly all disappeared overnight. Why does it feel like the secret at the end of the road to Amazing has something to do with Russel's own future? Can Russel's friends Min, Gunnar, Vernie, and Otto somehow help him make it all make sense?

The Road to Amazing, the final book in the Russel Middlebrook Futon Years trilogy, is a story about endings and beginnings, and also about growing up and growing older. But mostly it's a story about love and friendship - about how it's not the destination that makes a life amazing, but the people you meet along the way.

©2016 Brent Hartinger (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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So happy my favorite characters are back!

Any additional comments?

I basically binge listened to first The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know then Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams. While I liked the first, I didn’t particularly connect with the second, so I started The Road to Amazing with a bit of trepidation worried I might not like it.

I needn’t have worried. Hartinger brings back all the characters I’ve loved and sets a really sweet tone amidst the chaos of a wedding weekend where so much goes wrong. Dead Orca on the beach below your wedding venue? Check. Huge storms knocking out power? Check. Wedding guests not being able to get to the island the wedding is happening on? Check.

However, through it all Russel keeps his cool (with a lot of help from his friends) and calms nervous groom Kevin (with a lot of help from their friends).

For me, it’s truly the supporting cast that makes this series fun, but what makes it really enjoyable is narrator Josh Hurley. I’ll say it again, Josh Hurley really does an excellent job with the different character voices. I also love how he portrays the myriad of expressed character emotions.

And can I just give a shout out to my boy Gunnar? You may not be easily understood, but you are definitely one of my favorite characters! Love you, boo!

I’ve enjoyed my time with Russel, Kevin and the gang. My wish for the future? I hope, if there are more installments, that Hartinger will open up the points of view to include Kevin and Minh, Gunnar and/or Otto.

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Life is amazing if you just let it be.

Amazing, WA in place that was, but still is, without complications or residents. It's peaceful beauty invades your mind and heart with joy shared with friends and family while seeking perfection.

it is more attitude than latitude or longitude, a Nexus for life and love. A place for gentle mingling of people and memories as love expresses it's many forms and dreams.

Love is real and surreal, aboundant and mystified, rainbows and pots of gold, all blended into the opportunity to link life with love forever.

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Great Follow Up Book!

This story was great for a follow up story. The narrator was awesome and I would of put it down if not for him. The reason why is the story dragged on and on. A couple were getting married and it was like Friday the 13th. Every obstacle that could happen before a wedding did. They spent hours trying to find a way to still have the nuptials without getting each other down. The only thing from the first book mentioned was the script never got off the ground and still being poor. I was hoping for me but maybe their
will be a book 3.

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Great book made better by great narrator.

I have read this book twice since it came out. now I have listened to it as well. The whole series is wonderful.

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The best series I have read in two years!

This was for me a sad googbye. After six books if the most adorable and interesting characters it was really hard for me to say goodbye. Still, this was the perfect end to the series.
I wish some movie producer would pick up this series...

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Good ending to a great series

I just finished binge-listening to these at work over the past week, I'm quite glad to have found a preview of Geography Club on youtube by chance. I'm 27 now and really could have used books like these when I was younger.