Russel Middlebrook: The Futon Years

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 233 ratings

The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know Publisher's Summary

"I guess this was what they meant by a loss of innocence. Who knew?"

Russel Middlebrook is 23 years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn't keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life - either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren't cutting it anymore.

What's the secret? What does everyone else know that he doesn't?

Enter Kevin, Russel's perfect high school boyfriend. Could rekindling an old flame be the thing Russel needs to get his life back on track? Or maybe the answer lies in a new friend, an eccentric screenwriter named Vernie Rose, who seems plenty wise. Or what the hell? Maybe Russel will find some answers by joining his best friend Gunnar's crazy search for the legendary bigfoot!

One way or another, Russel is determined to learn the all-important secret to life, even if it's a thing he doesn't even know he doesn't know.

©2014 Brent Hartinger (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Thing I Didn't Know I Didn't Know

    • By: Brent Hartinger
    • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 99

    Russel Middlebrook is 23 years old, gay, and living in trendy Seattle, but life isn't keeping up with the hype. Most of his friends have a direction in life - either ruthlessly pursuing their careers or passionately embracing their own aimlessness. But Russel is stuck in place. All he knows is that crappy jobs, horrible dates, and pointless hook-ups just aren't cutting it anymore. What's the secret? What does everyone else know that he doesn't?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good, but sliding toward meh

    • By Keith G on 01-16-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams

    • By: Brent Hartinger
    • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Twenty-four-year-old Russel Middebrook and his boyfriend have moved to Los Angeles so Russel can try to make it as a screenwriter. Almost right away, in a forgotten old house off of Sunset Boulevard, Russel meets Isaac Brander - a once-famous film producer who is convinced he can turn Russel's screenplay into a movie.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't connect to the story.

    • By Belen on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • The Road to Amazing

    • By: Brent Hartinger
    • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 56
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • So happy my favorite characters are back!

    • By Belen on 04-22-16

    Regular price: $19.95