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3.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 53.18 out of 5 3.18 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Benjamin Parzybok Narrator: Gregg Margarite Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Couch. A novel. An odyssey. An epic furniture removal. A road trip. An exuberant and hilarious debut in which an episode of furniture moving gone awry becomes an impromptu quest of self-discovery, secret histories, and unexpected revelations.

Thom is a computer geek whose hacking of a certain Washington-based software giant has won him a little fame but few job prospects. Erik is a smalltime con man, a fast-talker who is never quite quick enough on his feet. Their roommate, Tree, is a confused clairvoyant whose dreams and prophecies may not be completely off base.After a freak accident floods their apartment, the three are evicted - but they have to take their couch with them. The real problem? The couch - huge and orange - won't let them put it down. Soon the roommates are off on a cross-country trek along back roads, byways, and rail lines, heading far out of Portland and deep into one very weird corner of the American dream.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kressel Housman | 2/3/2014

    " The concept behind this book is as absurd as anything I've ever come across, so most of it was a really fun escape, though it turned suspenseful and a bit dark at the end. Apparently, it's sort of a humorous nod to The Lord of the Rings, except that the magical item here is a couch, not a ring. I've never read The Lord of the Rings, so to me it was closer to Three Men in a Boat with its three bumbling heroes on a journey. Tree, the youngest, grew up on a commune and is the visionary and true believer in the mission of the couch. Erik, the most street wise, is cynical for most of the book, but even he comes around. And the main character, Thom, is a computer geek who's somewhere between the two: evaluating things with logic, but not ruling out mystical possibilities. Thom also has a wheat allergy, which allowed the author to engage in some bathroom humor that I really could have done without, but other jokes made me laugh out loud, and as I said at the start, the whole couch concept is pretty darned funny. This was a great book to relax with after the earnest self-help fare I've been reading lately. Who needs to take life so seriously? After all, I'm not as bad off as these three slackers. But as much as I enjoyed the jokes and was hooked on discovering the mystery of the couch, the ending was a bit of a disappointment. Not bad, but not that great after all that terrific build-up. "

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

    " I adored this book! The plot was intriguing to me because Parzybok took something banal, moving a couch, and turned it into an adventure of magical proportions. The combination of magic, humor, adventure, interesting characters, and snide commentaries on passivity made this a quick and wonderful read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 1/14/2014

    " Can't wait for the discussion on this book so someone can explain it to me. Some parts were very funny. I loved the 3 guys. Way too much symbolism for me. I'm too literal for this book. "

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

    " I really liked the premise at the start of this book - three mid-twenties slacker roommates are kicked out of their apartment with nothing but an orange couch that seems to have magical properties that start influencing their lives in a big way. It gets a bit shambolic as it progresses, and there were sections I read and reread and still had no idea what was going on. But the book has such an imagination that I still came away charmed by it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 12/22/2013

    " Pages with words. All done. Closing book. Finished, said brain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 12/4/2013

    " don't know if this was a great book or a terrible one... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Kramer | 11/22/2013

    " What a wild ride of a book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darla | 11/18/2013

    " An odd story. A young writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tronsie | 11/11/2013

    " Interesting quest tale... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mimi | 11/3/2013

    " I loved the characters that follow a magical couch from Portland, OR to Ecuador. This novel will satisfy your need for a crazy couch story, if you have one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 10/30/2013

    " I quit this book. I just couldn't get motivated about these characters or where they were going. Maybe it turns in to a great book in a few chapters, but I'll never know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/4/2013

    " amazingly bazaar "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 5/25/2013

    " I am not a big fan of magical realism. I abandoned this book after 50 pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 11/8/2012

    " loved it- starts in portland and ends in ecuador, floating on a magic couch across the sea... fabulous~ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tessa | 9/22/2012

    " I wanted to like this more but it read like a teleplay, not a novel. At certain points all 3 of the main characters are close to dying or thought dead, and each time I couldn't have cared less. It's a first novel, though, so I'm interested to see what Parzybok comes up with next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leon | 8/9/2012

    " A touchingly funny and hilariously true-life story of three friends who are taken on an adventure through the streets, rivers and trails of humanity that populate a fictional Portland, Oregon while simply trying to move their only remaining possession: a couch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry Berthold | 4/30/2012

    " like any true adventure, the reader never knows exactly where this is going...3 guys and a couch...then things get strange. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 4/20/2012

    " Ben is my neighbor! Just started the book, but so far I'm enjoying seeing bits of him and his life in the story...I look forward to following the rest of the adventure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/7/2012

    " This was a fun read. The book is definitely full of adventure and mystery. The ending was a little bit of a let down, but I don't think that should keep anyone from reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tyler Harrington | 1/18/2012

    " I'm sorry to shit all over small indie novelists and all, but I'm pretty sure this was the most obnoxiously self-conscious and just plain dumb book I've ever read. Sorry, Ben, but no one cares that you know who Neutral Milk Hotel and Halldor Laxness are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anji | 1/1/2012

    " Wonderfully odd. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Connery | 12/31/2011

    " Hard to describe, but very well done, and recommended. "

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