Ship the Kids on Ahead

  • by Bill Stokes
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette, James Foster, Stefan Rudnicki, R.C. Bray, Xe Sands, Joe Hempel
  • 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We all have that one older funny family member. You know the one, he tells stories from his experiences and usually has people rolling their eyes. William Stokes is that person! He presents a delightful collection of memories that are truly life lessons even today! Stokes, through his memories and wit, provides opportunities to learn through laughter, sharing of memories and love.
Many will shake their heads in remembrance of similar experiences and crack a smile if not a full on belly laugh!
From chapters on "The Hammer is in the Petunias" to "Merry Christmas" one cannot help but feel warm and comforted in those memories he shares that are full of life lessons. His writing style is comfortable, breezing along with ease and sucking the listener along on the ride. Jump aboard and experience those eye rolling, belly laughing moments; it will be a wild ride!
This was originally self-published in 1968 and has been re-published in all modern formats as a birthday present from a grandson to his grandfather.


Audible Editor Reviews

"This is a priceless collection of memories that we all share in one form or another - I can guarantee that at least half of you have avoided washing your hands as a small child, someone you know has eaten paste or drank ink, not made your bed or attempted to organize your tools! Each of you have met with similar disastrous results from childhood into elderlyhood! Enjoy Stokes' collection of remembrances and get ready to belly-laugh your afternoon away!" (Charla White,


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Customer Reviews

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Great stories and great laughs!

What a great book and so much great talent in the narration. Most of the voices are very familiar to me, having listened to them in previous books. Did you ever sit around listening to your grandfather tell stories as a kid and later in life wished you could remember them all or wished someone would have wrote them down? This is exactly that! This is a great collection of short stories by Bill Stokes that are certainly funny and all very relatable! Each of the narrators do an excellent job bringing this book to life! I really enjoyed it!
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- Todd (Toad) Vogel "I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!"

Had me laughing out loud at times

If you could sum up Ship the Kids on Ahead in three words, what would they be?

"Slice of Americana" Each story is a slice of "Americana life" that had me reminiscing of my own father and grandfather and the stories they used to tell.It's a collection of short stories or columns from Bill Stokes' time at the Wisconsin State Journal and each of them we can all relate to. Stories of life at home, raising a family, work etc.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Had me laughing out loud at times as I could relate to many of the stories and things said, we all have someone like this in our family or have gone through one of these scenarios in our own life.

Any additional comments?

Well written and extremely well presented by all those who narrated, each narrator brings their own style but also manage to still present it as Bill Stokes ideas. Reminds me of "A Christmas Story" telling tales of life that we can all relate to. I recommend this to anyone who wants to step out of today's cares and worries and step back into that time in life when times were simpler.

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- Amazon Customer "Audio book lover!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-12-2016
  • Publisher: Paul Stokes