The Simpleton

  • by Mark Wayne McGinnis
  • Narrated by L.J. Ganser
  • 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First contact: assess human with the flawed, rudimentary, mind....
Unbeknownst to simpleton Cuddy Perkins, his dependable, uneventful, life was about to be turned completely upside down.
It's a moonless summer night when a severely damaged intergalactic spacecraft enters Earth's upper orbit. The alien pilot is desperate. He needs to hold up long enough to make repairs - before his pursuers find him.
Cuddy Perkins lives a simple life with his mother, his dog Rufus, and a scattering of farm animals that still inhabit their old, dilapidated, Woodbury Tennessee ranch. He was used to the insults: retard...simpleton...village idiot. Momma says to just ignore them...people can be heartless. But Cuddy already knew he had been different, ever since the accident back when he was seven. He didn't know how long ago that was, exactly, but he did know he was pretty big now - taller than his older brother, Kyle...who was in prison, and the Woodbury Sherriff - the man who put him there.


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Say What?

Excellent narration. 3rd person POV. Set in present-day small town Tennessee and aboard a spaceship heading for a distant planet.

I feel betrayed by the rave reviews. I had my hopes up, but this was a waste of money and time. Not heartwarming or poignant. Not suspenseful or scary. Not witty or even mildly funny. Just a bizarre mix of characters and relationships, plus unrealistic plot lines, an unresolved ending, and a nauseatingly vapid romance.

One of the decisions the author made was to try to "make nice" with a hateful thug: The sheriff's disgusting son Tony beats a harmless pedestrian to a bloody pulp, leaving him unconscious at side of road, shoots the windows out of a humble home, steals a car, and tries to frame an innocent man. But we should forget all that? Tony should become a hero, and a friend? No. Without extensive rehabiliation, one simply can't make a silk purse out of that sow's ear. That's just one example of the characterization and relationship issues I struggled with in this book.

Contents might be acceptable for younger readers. No sex. Some random swearing, I think. Some disgusting scenes involving torture, etc.
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- Skipper

Pretty Good

For a younger age, 3rd to 7th grade. A little corni in places. A little lacking in hard science.
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- Edward S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2017
  • Publisher: Avenstar Productions