Villa Incognito

  • by Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by Barrett Whitener
  • 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine that there are American MIAs who chose to remain missing after the Vietnam War.Imagine that there is a family in which four generations of strong, alluring women have shared a mysterious connection to an outlandish figure from Japanese folklore.Imagine just those things (don't even try to imagine the love story) and you'll have a foretaste of Tom Robbins's eighth and perhaps most beautifully crafted novel - a work as timeless as myth yet as topical as the latest international threat.On one level, this is a book about identity, masquerade and disguise - about "the false mustache of the world" - but neither the mists of Laos nor the smog of Bangkok, neither the overcast of Seattle nor the fog of San Francisco, neither the murk of the intelligence community nor the mummery of the circus can obscure the linguistic phosphor that illuminates the pages of Villa Incognito.

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What the Critics Say

"Here we have weirdness personified, a quirky, outrageous concoction that is a joy to the imagination." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's a fun read." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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More excellent Robbins

If you love Tom Robbins, then you will like this book. The narration is fantastic, and the story is compelling. The classic problem is that it is difficult to wrap up so many stories at the end, so he uses an epilogue to finish the book, which was a little bit of a let down. That being said, it has some great characters, storylines and made me laugh out loud.
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- J. Houlding

Great story but the narrator ruins it.

I love Tom Robbins. I had read Villa Incognito years ago and was excited to listen to it. I've enjoyed all the other Robbins books in audio format. This narrator is terrible. His Thai accent and "cowboy" accents are terrible to the point of distraction. Robbins books are naughty and glib and don't take themselves seriously, that's the beauty of his story-telling. They need a subtle touch. Robbins books, as most great stories, need the narrator to become invisible and let the story shine through. This performance was so disappointing.
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- Marci

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio