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Publisher's Summary

Read by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down-and-out motel, romance and a bit of real life.

These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.

©2017 Tom Hanks (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Fun stories.

These tales were interesting & fun. The number of type writers mentioned proves the author's passion. Please delineate the stories more obviously. They run into one another & confuse the listener.

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  • Agatha
  • 10-28-17

Ten Hours With Tom Hanks

Not only can Tom Hanks act, he can also write! His imagination, his knowledge, his humour and his ability to combine his attributes to weave a marvellous story in which he succeeds in taking his reader/listener with him to wherever the story is to take us. Each story is such fun, wondering where and how the typewriter is going to feature.
Added to the pleasure is listening to Tom Hanks narrating his stories.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories which cover many subjects.

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  • souljackerr
  • 11-17-17

Underwhelming stories

I really wanted to like these stories more than I did. I’m a big fan of short stories generally; when done well they’re a great insight or snapshot of a story but here that isn’t the case. There isn’t much depth to the characters and it feels like the stories only scratch the surface of the people within. It’s also rare that I notice when an author can’t write characters of the opposite gender, but in this case it really stood out. The female characters in particular are flat and heavily stereotyped and it’s a little bland.
There was so much potential with some of the stories but they were almost monotone in plot; I’d recommend Margaret Atwood’s short stories for examples of how this kind of storytelling can be done well.

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  • Suswati
  • 11-14-17

Listen just for Tom Hanks' mellifluous voice

Tom Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a writer as can be. The stories in this book range from the hilarious to the deeply touching.

They move in period, location, and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart and engaging as the man himself.

While the stories are witty, it is more so because of the man himself. They may not be Pulitzer material, but it truly is a pleasure to read his book while thinking about this imaginative man.

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  • John McCluskey
  • 01-16-18

Why?

This was painful to listen to. Random babbling would have been a better title. If it was an unknown writing this it was never have been published. I gave up half way through as all I did was cringe listening to it, or turn off.

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  • M Faulkner
  • 01-10-18

Perfect

Just what I needed for a long car journey where my mind tends to wander. The format of short stories worked perfectly and with Tom narrating it was like he was in the car with me. I’m tempted to go out now to buy a typewriter after them being a regular character in the stories. All in all just really pleasant. Will it grip you and keep you up all night unable to stop listening? Probably not. But is it an enjoyable listen rich with different characters and situations? Most definitely

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-06-17

More please!

I absolutely loved this. There are no "big bang" twists, and it feels more like a gentle mooch through Americana, but it was truly enchanting. I think it might have ignited a love for short stories that still manage to get the characters across so that they stay with you. Tom Hanks narrating was the icing on the cake. Fab... will keep lookout for follow ups.

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  • Lorna Curnow
  • 08-18-18

Interesting

Good that Tom Hanks read this, though felt it didn’t flow. Very interesting listen on this.

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  • MarianaO
  • 07-30-18

Did not find the stories interesting

The stories are well written, however I did not find them interesting with the exception of one. Tom Hanks's performance was very entertaining.

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  • Wendy Nightingale
  • 07-10-18

Absolutely hated it

I gave up after around 70% of this book. So many boring stories about typewriters. Being English, I also found listening to an American accent to be quite painful after a while. I do love Tom Hanks but listening to him for 10 hours was just too much. Definitely a no no.

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  • Sophie
  • 07-02-18

Nice stories well told

The stories maybe aren’t the greatest things ever written but they are short and enjoyable and Tom Hanks narrates them well, making for an enjoyable thing to listen to.

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  • soochoon
  • 01-30-18

A Rare Review

I rarely write a review, although I've enjoyed every Audible book so far. However, something must be said for the author who reads his own fiction. Tom Hanks not only writes superbly but is also a pleasure to listen to. I will be on the lookout for his future works. Many thanks for 10 hours of pleasurable listening.

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  • Caroline
  • 02-25-18

Loved it!

Entertaining, fun and clever. Tom Hanks is a delight to listen to and as it turns out a delightful writer too.

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  • Bernadette How
  • 05-03-18

Unimpressive.

I like Tom Hanks better as an actor. The story did not grip me and I laboured through it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-18

A true gem

Tom Hanks is a master story teller. loved these stories they left me feeling inspired.

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  • Richard
  • 10-26-17

It was okay

I found a few stories quite good but overall it was not very interesting.
I would not recommend it unless you were into short stories.

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  • Daniel
  • 03-22-18

pass!

I have over 50 audio books in my library so far and this is by far the worst one... I originally bought this audio book thinking it was Tom Hanks auto biography but quickly realized I hadn't read the the discription all the way through. out of 17 short stories I literally only enjoyed two the rest I hoped would hurry up and end. the best thing about this audio book is that Tom Tanks was narrating it.
I would not recommend this audio book , that's a pass from me.

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