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.
"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, WordsAPlenty.com)
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Different and fun
Of course, audible is almost always better than print. That said, this collection was narrated/voiced by some of my favorite talents. Thank you all for bringing this book to life!
My favorite short was in March, when the teller was trying to cure the common cold! Super funny, and yet totally true!
I've listened to several books by Joe Hempel, which is the primary reason I purchased this book, instead of trying to win a review copy. I knew it would be good.
There were several scenes that made me laugh, hard. As I said above, the common cold cure was hilarious! That scene made me spit-take my drink, and inhaling diet coke is not something I'll soon forget. There are lots of chuckles to be had, though.
Anyone who has a relative, be it parent or grandparent, who is loquacious, and likes the retelling of lifelong anecdotes, will at least appreciate this book. Coming from a close family with a ton of local history, I might appreciate it more than normal. I absolutely love quirky stories!
Great stories and great laughs!
- Todd (Toad) Vogel