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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Polster Narrator: Brian Holsopple Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2012 ISBN: 9781469243016
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Former Boston sportswriter McGee Brown is traveling cross-country with his fiancée when they call it quits somewhere around Nevada. With no job and no girl, Brown pushes on to California, where a fruitless job hunt lands him on his old buddy Fillmore’s doorstep. Fillmore is an accomplished clinical psychologist (and part-time bartender) whose own sanity is questionable at best. So it is only fitting when Fillmore suggests the solution to Brown’s financial woes is for him to become a psychologist as well — albeit, not a licensed one. “Dr. Brown” agrees. His first patient is a beautiful but unhappy woman who suspects her wealthy financier husband is plotting to kill her. Days later, she’s found dead in a gorilla cage, her daughter goes missing, and Brown is hired to find her. The sportswriter-turned-psychologist turns private detective. With the sardonic, oft-inebriated Fillmore at his side, Brown delves headfirst into what the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle praised as “a surreal, picaresque romp through the alienating landscape of contemporary culture.” “It seemed everybody I was dealing with lately turned out to be someone crazy is Brown’s polite way of describing the raving lunatics he meets on his travels. Was this what people meant by ‘California’ ? In Mr. Polster’s surreal landscape of unearthly delights, where Brown’s innocence is his only protection against evil incarnate, that’s exactly what it means.” — New York Times “Careening with HUNTER THOMPSONESQUE panache, Polster practices the humorist’s craft with a bold, sure hand that recalls Mark Twain.” —Kirkus Reviews Download and start listening now!

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  • “A powerful mix of outrageous coincidence propels this bold, hilarious, essentially unclassifiable story.”

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About the Author

James Polster hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has worked as novelist, movie producer, screenwriter, explorer, and journalist. After graduation from Tulane University in 1969, Polster hopped a freighter for Spain and eventually settled in Tangiers. He returned to the United States to attend graduate school at Columbia and Harvard. Beginning in 1973, Polster explored the Amazon rainforest on several trips, spent time in the jungles of Irian Jaya with cannibals in 1989, and both covered and played in the World Championships of Elephant polo for Sports Illustrated in Nepal in 1991. Polster is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his son Nick.

About the Narrator

Brian Holsopple has been in the voice-over and audio business for more than twenty years. His commercial client list includes Discover Channel, Virginia Lottery, and City Bank of Texas, among others. A winner of the 2007 Publisher’s Weekly Audiobook Award, he has narrated books for Arthur C. Clarke, Henry Wiencek, and Jay Rubenstein.