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Author: Homer Hickam Narrator: Adam Verner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2015 ISBN: 9780062421173
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Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam Sr.—the future parents of Homer Hickam Jr.—were high school sweethearts during the Great Depression. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando, where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie’s dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields of West Virginia, married to Homer.

Elsie was reminded of those carefree Florida days by Buddy’s unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert who lived in the only bathroom in their little house. Eventually Homer gave Elsie an ultimatum: “Me or the alligator!” After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do—carry Albert home.

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  • “An intentionally improbable, bizarre trip through Southern Americana that is a tall tale blend of fact and fiction…An amalgam of fact and an almost Walter Mitty-esque degree of fancy, evoking (because of the deadly yet indispensable animal) Life of Pi and (because of the trope of life as journey) Huckleberry Finn.”

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  • “Narrator Adam Verner’s natural voice is perfect for an unusual tale about a woman who loves her pet alligator and the man who loves her…It’s a sweet story of a young marriage rooted in convention and convenience as the Great Depression is just beginning. As such, it’s also impacted by the sting of sexism and inequality that was prevalent in the time period. Verner lends the story a down-home charm and a confident cadence.”

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About the Author

Homer Hickam is the author of the New York Times bestseller Rocket Boys, which was made into the acclaimed movie October Sky. He has also authored the military history bestseller Torpedo Junction, along with several other popular historical and science fiction novels. A respected amateur historian, scuba expedition leader, and military veteran, he continues to write using his personal experience and history for creative material.

About the Narrator

Adam Verner is a stage, film, television, and voice actor and an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He holds a BS in theater arts from Bradley University and an MFA from Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.