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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
THE BETTER PART of the ROAD (audiobook) by Tom Bodett
Re-published in 2009 by Random House Audio
Read by the author, Tom Bodett
Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes
Alternate title: The Better Part of the End of the Road
Tom Bodett's "End of the Road" series continues in this edition with Ed Flanigan learning how to get along with just one arm thanks to a horrible accident with heavy equipment. His struggles seem real and Bodett manages to convey them without being patronizing or voyeuristic.
City Manager Emmitt Frank is convinced to move out into a cabin on the edge of town. Emmitt is a former resident of Chicago who came to the End of the Road a city slicker through and through, but is slowly becoming an Alaskan. Calling this cabin rustic would be kind. No running water, no electricity and all of the heating comes from a homemade wood stove and the bathroom is an outhouse. And, sometimes bears show up outside.
Two of the towns older residents find love. This is the best part of the story, by far. Norman Tuttle, the adolescent featured in every episode, has love troubles of his own. Pairing these stories together shows that love is confusing and exciting and potentially embarrassing no matter the age of the participants.
Once again, this is the best series that I have heard all year and I am glad I discovered that they had been re-released in digital format.
I rate this audiobook 5 stars out of 5.
This audiobook can be found on Amazon.com here: The Better Part of the Road.