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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (674 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Spider Robinson Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Callahan Series Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781455181544
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The discreet little bar that Jake Stonebender established a few blocks below Duval Street is simply called The Place. There, Fast Eddie Costigan learned to curse back at parrots as he played the house piano, the Reverend Tom Hauptman learned to tend bar bare-chested without blushing, Long-Drink McGonnigle discovered the margarita and several señoritas, and all the other regulars settled into comfortable subtropical niches of their own. Nobody even noticed them save the universe.

Over time, the twice-transplanted patrons of Callahan’s Place attracted a pixilated collection of local zanies so quintessentially Key West that they made the New York originals seem almost normal. The elfin little Key deer, for instance—with a stevedore’s mouth; or the merman with eczema; or Robert Heinlein’s teleporting cat.

For ten slow, merry years, life was good. The sun shone, the coffee dripped, the breeze blew just strongly enough to dissipate the smell of the puns, and little supergenius Erin grew to the verge of adolescence. Then disaster struck.

Through the gate one sunny day comes a malevolent, moronic mastodon of a Mafioso named Tony Donuts, Jr. He’s decided to resurrect the classic protection racket in Key West—and guess which tavern he’s picked to hit first? Then, thanks to very poor accessorizing, Jake’s wife, Zoey, suddenly finds herself in a place with no light, no heat, and no air—and no way home. The urgent question of her whereabouts turns out to be a problem so complex that even the entire gang, equipped with teleportation, time travel, and telepathy, might not be able to crack it in time.

And while all this is going on, Death himself walks into The Place. But this time he will not leave alone.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blend a madcap plot involving the legendary Fountain of Youth with a zany cast of barflies, a thin SF twist, and you’ve got the ingredients for the latest frothy concoction in Hugo-winning Robinson’s multivolume tall tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Robinson’s latest entry in his Callahan series features more zaniness, good humor, and bad jokes. Fans will enjoy this fast-paced blend of SF adventure and tall tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Barrett Whitener] does his familiar and fun vocal gymnastics routine, spouting off one liners in a dozen comic voices. Whitener, an Audie Award winner, is well matched with comic material—it really and truly is his forte.”

    SFFAudio.com

  • “Spider Robinson is the hottest writer to hit science fiction since [Harlan] Ellison.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Spider Robinson’s the antidote for entropy, the blahs, and the pernicious notion that humor and good grace are absent from the SF field.”

    Ben Bova

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth Temple | 1/9/2014

    " There are those who wonder why Spidey keeps writing the same thing over and over until it descends from a parody of itself unto mere drivel. [return]But we keep buying and reading them, cos the first ones were so good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 1/5/2014

    " One of the strangest books I have ever read in my life. Key West the perfect place (setting) for this story! As this book says it is a trip and a half! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 12/23/2013

    " Characters that can bend time and space have trouble dealing with earthbound gangsters and bureaucrats? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 12/12/2013

    " Now that's more like it! After the...kind of preachy Callahans's Key, to find the Spider still had some wacky, twisted, non-judgment fun left in him was a treat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig Pizzuti | 12/7/2013

    " Spider still writes a fun tale... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/2/2013

    " Re-read the whole series 7/2012. All are feel-good light reading. Series goes gradually downhill, but all are enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toby | 12/1/2013

    " Probably closer to 3.5 than 4, but I'll give it the edge simply because it's much better that most latter-day Callahan books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DaughterDaDa | 10/10/2013

    " Somewhat amusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynda | 9/26/2013

    " The problem with adding these books to my shelves is that I want to go back and reread them. Where will I find the time? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 1/19/2013

    " Fun literary stuff but doesn't really sustain itself over the course of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 8/15/2012

    " Not my favourite of the series, but for me one of the better ones. Really fun, and occasionally poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/8/2012

    " Not quite up to the standard of the previous Callahan books, bit still enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dragondreamsjen | 3/16/2012

    " One of the most poignant books of the series...Maybe more so because my own firstborn is also named Erin... But this one always makes me laugh and cry... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 3/14/2012

    " I love a good con, and I love it even more when these weirdos are the ones pulling it off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rusty | 4/25/2011

    " The weakest of the Callahan books I have read. Worth reading if you are a fan, but I sure wouldn't start here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nytetyger | 11/1/2009

    " No really—go find TIME TRAVELERS STRICTLY CASH and read it. They’re short stories; easy and light to read. You’ll laugh a lot. Then maybe even cry a lot. Then you’ll grok why folks who READ these books love them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 10/25/2009

    " I unfortunately read this too soon and I'm afraid that I've seen a lot of spoilers now. Advice: Read the Callahan books in order. "

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About the Author
Author Spider Robinson

Spider Robinson is renowned for his Callahan’s Place series of bestselling novels. With his late wife, Jeanne, he wrote the award-winning Stardance series. As an audiobook reader of his own and others’ work, he has won the Earphones Award and been a finalist for the Audie Awards. In 2008, he won the Robert A. Heinlein Award for Lifetime Excellence in Literature.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and seven Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.