How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

  • by Garth Stein
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Garth Stein, the New York Times best-selling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, Audible presents How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, winner of a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award—in audio for the first time, and read by one of our most talented narrators, Oliver Wyman.
Thirty-one-year-old Seattle rocker Evan has been drifting. He had a hit single ten years ago, but lately he’s merely been getting by, teaching middle-aged men how to play the electric guitar. When his high-school girlfriend is killed in a car crash, he suddenly finds himself responsible for Dean, the fourteen-year-old son he’s never known.
Dean changes everything. Evan can't keep drifting now that he's a father. He will have to do something about his life if he's going to provide for the two of them. Partly this will mean finally confronting his own father. It will also mean facing up to the nagging, burning issue that is like a hole in his soul: the epilepsy that haunts him and threatens his every moment.


What the Critics Say

"An engrossing family drama." (Publishers Weekly)
"A compelling tale." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
"Funny, bewitching, observant." (The Oregonian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

really enjoyed listening to this story.

heart felt and engaging. Oliver Wyman really drew me in with his interpretation and dramatic reading.
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- L. Brailsford

Pretty bad...considering the author's other work

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, the story was so bad that the narrator didn't stand a chance.

What was most disappointing about Garth Stein’s story?

By the middle of the book, all of the characters were quite pathetic and not very like-able, including Evan. By the end, there was no one you were siding with or even rooting for. I just wanted it to end, And don't get me wrong, I love a good pathetic character (Christopher Moore books at full of them), but you have to make them like-able and want them to triumph. Garth Stein spent most of his energy describing (over-describing) the Seattle music scene, which seemed to be more interesting to him than his characters. Same with the over-indulgence of epilepsy descriptions.
Just to note, if Evan's epilepsy is such a big secret, then how does everyone not notice his medical ID bracelet. Trust me, I had to wear one, everyone can see it and know it's not jewelry. This is just one example (of many) that makes the story so thin that only extremely good characters could overcome the weakness. And that just didn't happen here.

What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

even, clear and articulate

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really...

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- Mimi B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios