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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roland Merullo Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781452671901
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When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger-and amuse himself-he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world-and more important, his life-through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing. In Roland Merullo's masterful hands, Otto tells his story with all the wonder, bemusement, and wry humor of a man who unwittingly finds what he's missing in the most unexpected place. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening. Booklist
  • “Enlightenment meets On the Road in this witty, insightful novel.”

    Boston Sunday Globe

  • “A wonderful, heartfelt novel that frequently surprises as we’re lulled by the sights and sounds of the open road.”

    Providence Journal (Rhode Island)

  • “The skillful Merullo, using the lightest of touches, slowly turns this low-key comedy into a moving story of spiritual awakening.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb Bronersky Mazarakos | 2/19/2014

    " This book was sometimes slow moving, which made it kind of tough to stay with. It was nicely written, not a hard read, but I did find the ending kind of odd. When a book doesn't end as strong as it starts, I find that overall I am not crazy about it. That was the case with this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Curran | 2/16/2014

    " While the ending was a bit abrupt, the journey was worth it. It was a great exploration of the BIG questions of life. There was also something for the travel buff and the foodie. Overall, a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Mines | 2/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book - lessons for us all but just a good story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbie | 2/2/2014

    " Fun to read, has a message but doesn't klunk you over the head with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ryan Monaghan | 2/2/2014

    " The best word for this book: nice. Not great, just nice. A good message, agreeable characters, and a simple, straightforward plot where you can see the end coming made it a 'cozy' book. It felt like a mid-90s buddy comedy. More than half the book was about the variety of food eaten on the journey. If you have the book handy, and time to spare, it could be worth the read for a comfortable story. But I wouldn't expect you to find anything you haven't seen before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/29/2014

    " I enjoyed this as a novel, and appreciated that the author doesn't take too serious or self-righteous a tone when discussing spirituality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anise Stevens | 1/19/2014

    " A wonderful book with so much thoughtful commentary. Very unexpected, but a total page turner. What I loved most was its ability to foster a new, positive perspective in the reader without any sort of spiritual/religious agenda on the part of the author. Instead, the story centers around the thoughts of a fairly typical and sometimes cynical (yet good hearted) modern man who is forced to ask himself and consider the big questions life poses when loss occurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mario | 1/18/2014

    " I'm not one for fiction books these days but I found some of the concepts and principles in Breakfast With Buddha were quite applicable. Roland Merullo does a nice job painting an image of the characters. This is a nice, light enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meg | 12/28/2013

    " Fun adventure into two mental cultures colliding. Very enjoyable, makes you think about the way people think and our expectations of others we meet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aimée | 12/10/2013

    " It was okay. Kind of preachy almost at some points. Cool cultural treat, though. I really enjoyed the journey (physical) the two take together, as well as their interactions. It wasn't as easy a read, though, as many Buddhist tenets pop up in lengthy discussion between the two. I enjoyed it, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Thibodeau | 11/15/2013

    " I read this in 2 days. It is light and fun. Simple writing style, fast read. A happy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Birch | 9/1/2013

    " This was great. Made me feel very, very happy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gravelpit | 8/11/2013

    " In light of recent goings-on in Tibet, now was a good time to pick this book up. F@#! China! Free Tibet! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 6/25/2013

    " what a fun ride. has a predictable ending and I'm not sure it is realistic, but still an enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 4/13/2013

    " Kinda elementary spiritual stuff. Pleasant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Thibault | 3/28/2013

    " Fun, light book exploring the basics of life. I've read many books on the subject, been to monasteries, practice meditation and try to live the principles, it was fun to read a novel about the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/19/2012

    " This was a wonderful journey into the mind of a skeptic that becomes someone to embrace the mystic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 9/13/2012

    " Otto takes an unplanned road trip with his sister's guru to deal with the family estate in North Dakota. What's not to love about this? Very fun. All families should read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney Pike | 8/4/2012

    " LOVED THIS BOOK. Great insights so funny and the main character is someone all of us can relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 dcbcd | 7/6/2012

    " I was surprised by this book. I really enjoyed it, and it provided a lot of food for thought. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlene | 5/31/2012

    " I love this author. He is one of my favorites and I loved this book. Reading it was a joyful experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 CmPete Tucker | 3/17/2012

    " A coming of age story - I don't CARE if the narrator was in his forties!! Narrator opens his eyes to alternate spiritual paths. not a bad yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisapinke | 12/24/2011

    " Funny how this book actually strenthened my Christian faith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deena | 10/7/2011

    " It was hard for me to get through this book because it was so relevant to me. All about balance and the search for it, and the larger meaning of what we do every day. I didn't expect to like it, but I ended up loving it and am constantly thinking about how it has affected me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 6/14/2011

    " I have only reread a few books in my lifetime. This is one I plan to add to the short list. It's thought-provoking, gentle and funny--a great combination. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 5/7/2011

    " Loved this book! Without being preachy at all--in fact, in lighthearted and entertaining fashion--this book made me think about my own priorities in life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 5/2/2011

    " I couldn't finish it. I felt like I was reading a lifetime/oxygen channel movie. It was too ridiculous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 4/29/2011

    " I thought it was a well written book and makes you think about life. I was a little disappointed with the ending but overall it was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 4/28/2011

    " what a fun ride. has a predictable ending and I'm not sure it is realistic, but still an enjoyable read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 4/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book - lessons for us all but just a good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/14/2011

    " Fun little read. Self deprecating, spiritual and funny. Not to be taken too seriously...but some good little gems in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 3/26/2011

    " Loved. Perhaps because the philosophy behind this book is right where I'm at right now. This book quenched a thirst that I didn't know I had until I started reading it. I'd highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book...the story struck some chords, and provided gems throughout the read. "

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About the Author
Author Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including Revere Beach Boulevard, Golfing with God, and Breakfast with Buddha. Merullo has won numerous prizes, including the Massachusetts Book Award in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

About the Narrator

Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several Audie Award winners. He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines. His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film Easter, and numerous commercials.