Things the Grandchildren Should Know

  • by Mark Oliver Everett
  • Narrated by The Chet
  • 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In this poignant and original coming-of-age story, indie rock musician Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of his "ridiculous, sometimes tragic, and always unsteady" upbringing and how it fed into his creativity.The insecure son of a genius physicist, Everett was left to run wild with his sister while his father was off in some parallel universe of his own invention. A string of tragedies would claim his family members, one by one, yet somehow Everett managed to not only survive, but to make a life. Striking out on a journey to find himself, he channeled his experiences into critically acclaimed music with the Eels.Told with surprising candor, Things the Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story full of hope, humor, and wry wisdom.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

One of the best Audible books I've heard......

and I've heard a lot of them.
I became curious about the author after seeing Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives. I wasn't familiar with his music.
It's a great survival story!
Compelling, well written and produced, and very well read!
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- Betty

Sad, funny and inspiring...

Would you listen to Things the Grandchildren Should Know again? Why?

I have already listened to it twice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Things the Grandchildren Should Know?

Everett's amazing personality and sense of humor shine through the tragic and defining stories of his life giving new insight into the man and his music. Also, beautifully read by The Chet.

Have you listened to any of The Chet’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to The Chet perform live with the Eels for years. As for audio books, I do not believe he has done any others but with his voice and annunciation, I would definitely love to hear more.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This book was so good, I woke up at 5 am just to finish it before going to work.

Any additional comments?

I strongly recommend this book.

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- Rebecca

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.