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I have been a great fan of Garrison Keillor for over 20 years. Listening to Prairie Home Companion on relay to Australia has been part of our family Sunday evening tradition all that time. Some of the episodes in this tale were familiar from the "News From Lake Wobegone", but it was really great to have them connected in a continuous narrative. Garrison Keillor reads his tale really well. But I think that a huge part of the success of "News From Lake Wobegone" is the brilliant rapport between Garrison and his audience. The absense of this spark is the difference between four and five stars in my opinion.
I do wonder if listeners unfamilar with the folk of Lake Wobegone might miss some of the background knowledge that gives an instant picture of pesonalities when a name is first mentioned.
The quality of the reading and recording are first rate. If you are familiar with Lake Wobegone I think that you would really enjoy this audiobook, especially on a long drive to the Back of Beyond.
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To begin with I didn't find this quite as easy to get into as Keillor's 'Lake Wobegon' but, once I did, it was excellent. As with Lakewobegon,the story is about a town populated by likeable eccentrics and yet the characters and the story itself are entirely plausible.There's a tremondous warmth to this book and I would strongly recommend it.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Garrison Keillor is the only person to recite his works. He gives a great sense of being there, of wistfulness, of a liberal minded person who has to endure the rage of others who are judgemental without them realising how much they upset him.
Would you recommend Liberty to your friends? Why or why not?
This is not a book for kids. It is about the 'male menopause', a time which happens in the life of many men as they settle into middle age. It carries a sense of a wasted, unfulfilled life and a desperate urge to do something, anything, while you are still hale and hearty. This book captures it very well. While it is certainly humorous and amusing, there is a serious side to it, and Clint's state of mind is not a laughing matter. There is pathos and sorrow, and regret, and if you have known this state, it can also be painful. Its about coming to terms with what you have, and trying to wrestle with the reality that you are not as happy as you would like to be.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
There are no 'big' scenes, but a series of vignettes all connected by the 4th of July event.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Not at all. There is not a strong narrative thread, but a series of interactions accompanied by Clint's internal monologue. You can pick it up and put it down easily.
Any additional comments?
A very American book, in that it deals with feelings very openly. It would be rare to find a UK author who is as self aware.