Drop City

  • by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • Narrated by Richard Poe
  • 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The best-selling, PEN-Faulkner award-winning author of The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle is hailed as "America's most imaginative contemporary novelist" (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs.

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What the Critics Say

"Boyle understands the multitudinous, sneaky ways innocence insulates itself from ambiguity, but in this novel he leavens that cynical insight with genuine sweetness. While the Day-Glo of the hippie era has long since faded, this novel brings it all back home, and helps us see how much in the American grain it all really was." (Publishers Weekly
"Boyle captures the drop-out-and-get-back-to-the-land spirit of the era, as well as the chill and isolation of the Alaska winter, with a clarity that has earned him a reputation as one of our best writers. Highly recommended." (Library Journal)
"An accomplished, versatile storyteller and discerning social observer, Boyle writes with enthralling momentum and seductive detail." (Booklist)
"Boyle may be the most entertaining writer in America." (Boston Globe)
"One of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation." (The New York Times)

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interesting listen

I found the book a very interesting listen. It was a true picture of one type of lifestyle in the late 60's and early 70's. However, I found it to be little more than an interesting portrait of the times. It ended abruptly, leaving one to wonder, "What was the point?" There was no real conclusion. The author just stopped writing.
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- Chris "I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking."

Dig this...

Boyle's vision has typically been too uncomfortably honest for me. Drop City, although excruciatingly embarrassing to a survivor of the days of peace and love, didn't evoke the usual feelings of hopelessness and the lack of any possible redemption and allowed for real insights. I recommend highly this funny and original book.
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- Lynne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-25-2003
  • Publisher: Recorded Books