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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chuck Klosterman Narrator: Phillip Baker Hall, Lily Rabe, Wiley Wiggins, Keith Nobbs, Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Somewhere in North Dakota, there is a town called Owl that isn't there. Disco is over, but punk never happened. They don't have cable. They don't really have pop culture, unless you count grain prices and alcoholism. People work hard, and then they die. They hate the government and impregnate teenage girls. But that's not nearly as awful as it sounds; in fact, sometimes it's perfect.

Mitch Hrlicka lives in Owl. He plays high-school football and worries about his weirdness, or lack thereof. Julia Rabia just moved to Owl. She gets free booze and falls in love with a self-loathing bison farmer who listens to Goats Head Soup. Horace Jones has resided in Owl for 73 years. He consumes a lot of coffee, thinks about his dead wife, and understands the truth. They all know each other completely, except that they've never met.

Like a colder, Reagan-era version of The Last Picture Show fused with Friday Night Lights, Chuck Klosterman's Downtown Owl is the unpretentious, darkly comedic story of how it feels to exist in a community where rural mythology and violent reality are pretty much the same thing.

Loaded with detail and unified by a (very real) blizzard, it's technically about certain people in a certain place at a certain time...but it's really about a problem. And the problem is this: what does it mean to be a normal person? And there is no answer. But in Downtown Owl, what matters more is how you ask the question. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by stillme | 2/6/2014

    " I couldn't decide whether I should give it 3 or 4 stars... The entire time I was reading it, I wavered between liking it quite a bit and not being completely sure that things were going to end satisfactorily in the pages that remained. By satisfactorily, I don't necessarily mean happily-ever-after, just appropriate for the story. I am still thinking about the characters, which to me often means a good book. Mitch was well done, but I think there was a lot lacking in Julia's perspective. There were some really disturbing aspects to each character that could have been developed more, but the 3+ person perspective gave a decent idea of what it might be like to live in a town like Owl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cole | 2/5/2014

    " If you like reading Chuck Klosterman, don't read any interviews with the man. He is an ass and will turn you off to him as a writer. With that disclaimer out of the way, Chuck's first foray into fiction is a fairly slight book with some nice small town ambiance and the usual Klosterman pop culture rants. This review should really be a 2 1/2 because of the ending. Downtown Owl is a book with no story to speak of, it's much more of a slice of life, but in the final 20 or so pages Chuck throws down a literal Dues Ex Machina. Dues Ex Machina is only used when the writer has painted their plot into a corner and even then it's poor writing. To introduce this machinery of the gods to a story with no plot is senseless, meaningless and undermines all the understated observation that the book hinged on for the 200 pages prior. Go ahead and read it, but once you get to the part in which "Everything went white and we all fell down," close the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/5/2014

    " I gave this 3 stars because I literally laughed out loud at least 10 times while reading this book... in a good way. Some of the scenarios are downright bizarre and amazingly funny. I would only recommend it to people who are looking for a laugh.. to try and dig any deeper with the themes here would be a total waste of time and soon you'd forget the comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dannymanitoba | 2/2/2014

    " There were a lot of great lines in this book. I found it both entertaining and easy to read. After finishing it, I found a lot of the character motivations to have played out well. It catalyzed nicely at the end. Not bad for a first novel. "

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