The Leisure Seeker: A Novel

  • by Michael Zadoorian
  • Narrated by Judith West
  • 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Michael Zadoorian's The Leisure Seeker, the Robinas have shared a wonderful life for more than 60 years. Now in their 80s, Ella suffers from cancer and John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one last adventure, the self-proclaimed "down-on-their-luck geezers" kidnap themselves from the adult children and doctors who seem to run their lives and steal away from their home in suburban Detroit on a forbidden vacation of rediscovery. With Ella as his vigilant copilot, John steers their '78 Leisure Seeker RV along the forgotten roads of Route 66 toward Disneyland in search of a past they're having a damned hard time remembering. Yet Ella is determined to prove that, when it comes to life, you can go back for seconds'' - even when everyone says you can't.


What the Critics Say

"Ella's wise, feisty voice turns what could be a sappy melodrama into an authentic and funny love story." ( Publishers Weekly)
" The Leisure Seeker is pretty much like life itself: joyous, painful, funny, moving, tragic, mysterious, and not to be missed." ( Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A perfect end!

What a fantastic ending! I'm still in shock, and a good, amazed one.

I absolutely loved this story, so poignant, so sweet (okay, maybe bitter-sweet here and there) so inspiring. I'm so happy for reading this book, the end was just perfect.

The audible edition is superb. I was sure Judith West was in fact an olde lady, the way she narrated it all the way like Ella herself, but when she said "This is Judith West, we hope you've enjoyed..." I was taken aback! Her voice is young! How she managed to read an entire book sounding like an 80 year old woman is beyond me. This is talent, I tell you that!
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- Renata F. Barcelos

RV, Baloney, Wonder Bread, Profanity, Moxie, Love

Ella is the kind of woman I hope to be if I ever make it to my 80s - minus the cancer, of course. She’s tough, independent, and progressive while being sweet, loyal, and loving. Her devotion to John is endearing. She doesn’t sugarcoat anything for us, or for him. She lies, she bitches, she yells, but all the time, it’s because she loves him and she copes with his Alzheimers in a way that proves that saints don’t have to be sappy little doormats who never complain.

She has to take care of herself while John remains oblivious to her condition. And her kids! They have taken over as the “parents” in the family, and Ella wants nothing to do with it! I love it! I’m not sure how it would resonate with younger people, but for someone nearing 50 and starting to worry about aging parents and aging husband and self, it was a welcome story peppered with an older woman’s reflection about life and society and “progress.”

It’s a cautionary tale for the children of older people (don’t condescend to those who know what they want and know how to get it, and have every right to do so!!) and a challenge to the aging (don’t just accept what the doctors and the naysayers tell you - grab what life is left!).

I can’t imagine a different narrator. While I wasn’t thrilled with John’s voice or the kids, I wouldn’t trade Ella’s voice for anything.
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- Lori

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-23-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins