Last Night at the Monarch Motel

  • by Mark Valenti, Sonia Silver
  • Narrated by Michael Rubino
  • 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A hopeful young man teeters on the cusp of a bright future...one he can only achieve if he survives the Grand Guignol misfortunes that beset him one horribly deranged evening. Death and sex, kidnapping and religious ecstasy - they're all part of the demented obstacle course Martin Van Dyke must navigate before he can spread his wings and take flight.

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Stymied Humor

The target audience for this third-person tale of humor is probably late teens to mid-range young adults. Protagonist Martin spends a lot of time thinking out loud and talking to himself as he migrates a new job and guests who are mischievous, mysterious or both. There are guests named Titty (through his interminable mental ramblings, Martin lists for us readers/listeners all its derogatory meanings); a bad guy police officer with an exaggerated lisp; a man who calls himself President Grant; and an elderly couple-- one of whom has bathroom woes, the other of whom almost chokes to death on this false teeth.

The tale is original (my opinion is based my on multimedia library of roughly 900 books and flawed memory) and it moves fluidly in a way that is quite impressive. Although I could have done without his disruptive think-out-loud “mini-logs” (a phrase I made up for brief monologs in the form of figurative thought bubbles), I really liked Martin. Still, with all the intended zaniness thrown this way and that in my face, I only laughed out loud, or laughed in any manner, once. More practice can lift storytellers, Mark Valenti and Sonia Silver, from mediocre to outstanding.

The articulate narrator excels at projecting personalities/voices of various characters. This remarkable skill is countered by disarming monotony when reading the narrator’s role. The "monotonous narrator” role stymied the humor. I listened at 1.5x speed with no trouble.

The author(s) or narrator gifted this book to me in exchange for a review.
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- espanolish

Last Night at the Monarch Hotel a Great Read

This audio book was given to me for free by the producer for an unbiased and voluntary review.

I listened to Last Night at the Monarch Hotel on my commute to and from work. I found
myself laughing out loud and hoping that the traffic would slow down so I could listen longer. The story reminds me of the madcap tales of Christopher Moore or Carl Hiaasen. A hapless, quirky hero, bizarre circumstances and a wacky supporting cast. There were twists and turns and surprises that left me exclaiming "Oh no..."

The narration was entertaining; the voices given to the characters fit with the picture my imagination provided. I appreciated the story telling style that gave the narration a purpose but dd not make the narrator a distracting character.
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- Barbara Ritter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2017
  • Publisher: Mark Valenti