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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Almond Narrator: Oliver Wyman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perhaps you remember The Marathon, Oompahs, Bit-O-Choc, or Kit Kat Dark. Where did they go? Driven by his obsession, stubborn idealism, and the promise of free candy, self-confessed candyfreak Steve Almond takes off on a quest to discover candy's origins in America, to explore little companies that continue to get by on pluck and perseverance, and to witness the glorious excess of candy manufacturing. By turns ecstatic, comic, and bittersweet, Candyfreak is the story of how Steve Almond grew up on candy—and how, for better and worse, candy has grown up too.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Combines the patter of a stand-up comic with the soul of a 10-year-old whose allowance is burning a hole in his pocket.”

    Boston Globe

  • “An exuberant tribute to cheap, plentiful, locally produced sweets and ‘the small, attainable pleasures’ they provide. Like a good candy bar: a piece of delicious ephemeral fun.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “My husband uses [a] good German word, ‘schmackvoll.’ Rough translation, he says: lip-smacking good. And so it is with Candyfreak. ‘Schmackvoll.’”

    Seattle Times

  • “Almond is frank, witty, and engaging, and his book has a nutty crunch all its own and is not so sweet that you’ll feel icky when you finish with it.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “A chewy, charming literary valentine…The book begins funny, gets a little creepy, and, with liberal amounts of humor and heart, becomes powerfully good.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “[Candyfreak is] part memoir and part candy history. It’s Almond’s journey from childhood to adulthood, eating his way through both sorrow and joy, exploring what all the sweet stuff means and has meant to him.”

    Raleigh News and Observer

  • Winner of the 2005 YALSA Alex Award
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Beth Hickman | 2/15/2014

    " I love candy and loved this book. I learned all about independent candy makers and now embarass myself over my found love of the Five Star Bar. The author is witty and self-depricating and only moderately judgemental about corporate America and those who put money in the pockets of those large corporations at the expense of the little guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy Elsmore | 2/12/2014

    " Funny and interesting...I actually ordered some of the candy the author talked about. YUMMY!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ronald Wise | 2/9/2014

    " For the most part the confessions of a man obsessed with sweets. It details the emotional role candy played in his childhood and the lingering taste-triggered memories still underlying his everyday consciousness. The description of his journey to visit the source of (and, of course, sample) some traditional confections provided interesting insights into the manufacturing aspects and marketing difficulties of the small American candymaker. I knew of this book from an interview with Almond on KUOW's The Beat on 20 July 2004. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David R. | 1/31/2014

    " I was increasingly distracted by the autobiographical material: in fact I grew to dislike the author in almost every respect. The rest of the book couldn't compensate. It was one dull factory tour after another. "

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