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Publisher's Summary

Chabon's extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative class.
A wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasn't grown up. He's now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer. During one lost weekend at a writing festival with Leer and debauched editor Terry Crabtree, Tripp must finally confront the wreckage made of his past decisions. Mordant but humane, Wonder Boys features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction.
©1995 Michael Chabon (P)1995 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By MIGHTYA on 09-22-14

Good listening albeit rather slow

Great story and good narration. I think the narrator style and the story is a good match, even though I find the reading is a little slow for me (so I sped it up to 1.25x). It also took me a while to get used to the narrator's nasal sound. Overall, it's an enjoyable audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Darwin8u on 03-09-14

A strong, early Chabon (sounds like grading wine)

It has all the things that I love about Michael Chabon: the quirky characters, the beautiful filigreed prose, the androgenous and ambiguous lovers. But, it also contains more warmth and crazy energy than some of his later books. And I appreciate that. I appreciate the feeling that this book ran past Chabon's careful editing. Its kinetic narrative isn't about to be slowed by careful massaging. To Hell with all that. In someways it feels a bit like the Pastoral Wanderings of Don Quixote (just replace Rocinante and Sancho Panza with a dead dog and a tuba). IT also at times feels like a Greek New Comedy with the chorus singing through the vortex ring of Afghan Indica pot smoke. So yeah, I liked it good enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 01-18-17

Writers and writing - an entertaining romp!

Engaging story focused on three interconnected characters - the author, the editor, and the student... All takes place around a university-based WriteFest with a range of twists and turns around writing, substance abuse, lies and truth-telling.

Chabon has a wonderful turn of phrase and this comedic novel has much to recommend it. Certainly was a great holiday read when you want to get distracted from those day to day concerns...

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-17-17

Had to read this book for Uni paper

And was pleasantly surprised. The Wonder Boys is not a book I would normally read. The language is colourful and descriptive, the narrative flows and I like the repetition of themes throughout the book

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