• by Patricia Wood
  • Narrated by Michelle Babb
  • 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling author of Lottery comes a new novel about greed, survival, and what's really important in life.
At the bottom of the heap, there's nowhere to go but up.
Waitress Tammy Tyree knows this intimately. Her life is a continual struggle of managing an eccentric uncle, looking after a younger brother who's not quite right, and doing everything she can to keep her family together in the small town of Spring, Washington. But Tammy has a couple of things going for her no matter how dire things get. She's tenacious and has her own take on karma. She believes the more unfortunate things that happen to a person, the more that person is due for a windfall. Each and every misfortune is a further guarantee that a golden opportunity is just around the corner.
When Tammy receives a confidential e-mail about an inheritance that's hers to claim, she's certain her ship has come in. Just a few details need to be ironed out, like a small matter of some fees to pay, bank forms to fill out, and taxes to remit, but she knows each complication brings her closer to that golden goose of egg-laying renown.
What starts as a personal quest ends up embroiling Tammy and everyone she holds dear in a scheme that could be the financial downfall of them all or the rescue of a small town that's slowly but surely falling through the cracks.


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A TERRIFIC Funny Story with Terrific Narration

Narration - Michelle Babb - Kick A$$
If you've read many of my reviews, I don't really give a lot of audiobooks the "Kick A$$" narration rating, but I've had a couple back to back listens that were really stellar, with this being one of them. Michelle does such a great job of embodying the character of Tammy Tyree! I don't own a kindle copy of the book, so I couldn't tell you if her narration of what 'bug' says is accurate, but it was terrific and natural and flowed as if you were listening to the actual conversations between Tammy and her very special little brother Jar (aka bug). She really captured the personalities of these folks from this small town. Fabulous job!!!

As for the book! OMG! This was a terrifically absurd story (Truly, I believe, enhanced by the narration). Tammy Tyree receives one of those emails claiming that she's due a substantial inheritance from a long lost missionary relative, complete with the broken but wordy explanations of the importance of the sender, his title, his role in assisting her in retrieving her inheritance and all the steps she must go through (which of course become innumerable) in order to rightfully claim the money she's due.

The book pokes fun at the naivety of Tammy, her family and some other gullible town folk who wish to invest in helping her claim her inheritance as well as the email scam community itself. I'm not going to say that I was laughing out loud while listening to this book, but I was, I don't know, Joyful? Most certainly smiling the whole time I was listening. (Except during the big Jar incident near the end) And I found myself telling anyone who would listen about the terrific book I was listening to. And I didn't do it justice, because alas, I'm not a writer. Patricia Wood, however, is! A very terrific writer and she had me loving this little gem from start to finish. Such a great listen! Highly Recommend!

I received this audiobook free of charge from Audiobookblast, in exchange for an unbiased review
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- 1-Click Junkie

Payola or Scam?

Could a whole town be as backward? If you are able to suspend reality and go with the cute humor of this funny story about a town of feeble minded folk, then you may enjoy this escape from reality. An e-mail traps a young girl and eventually others into an inheritance scam that snowballs out of control.

I was not sure if I could swallow the dim witted behavior of the main character at first, but the further I got into the story the more believable and endearing she and her autistic brother became. The rest of the well developed, odd, original characters kept me interested and amused. A fun romp into Hicksville with just a bit of "Carl Hiaasen's like", type of strange humor.

Michelle Babb's narrative was excellent. She captured the essence of each character and added to each of their personalities.
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- Susan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-23-2015
  • Publisher: Patricia Wood, Author