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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Coraghessan Boyle Narrator: Richard Poe Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2003 ISBN:
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The best-selling, PEN-Faulkner award-winning author of The Tortilla Curtain, T.C. Boyle is hailed as America's most imaginative contemporary novelist (Newsweek). In 1970, a California commune pulls up stakes and moves to the harsh interior of Alaska. The members establish Drop City, a back-to-the-land town, on a foundation of peace and free love. But their idealism cannot prevent tension from rippling through the group. The results are anything but predictable in this honest, surprising evocation of a time period and its enduring beliefs. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair | 1/31/2014

    " Boyle is an amazing storyteller. He has an amazing ability to see all parts of a character and present them completely unbiased. They are fully realized and I like that in a novel. I have no idea what the '60s were like, or a hippie commune, or drugs, but it all seemed real and believable. Really good story and more reason to continue reading all of his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Howard | 1/30/2014

    " I enjoyed this very much. He's a good writer, knows how to work a sentence, and I love reading about the period. It isn't a perfect novel, but he got a lot of it in there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 1/28/2014

    " Hippies and Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/26/2014

    " How have I not read anything by T.C. Boyle before? I'll have to remedy that immediately. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel--the characters were so vividly drawn that I felt like I knew them by the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory | 1/25/2014

    " I really, really liked this book. It made me really, really happy. Because it was really, really well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 1/24/2014

    " im not surewhat i was expecting from this book when i started, nor am i sure if i gotwhat i wanted out of it, but i will say it didn't leave themost lasting imporession. t. c. pulled the reader through with a subject familiar to most in an interesting enough way. a commune in california loses its permit becuase of those damn oppresive capitalists and so they head to our real final frontier - alaska. of course, there they discover life ain't what it used to be when the winter lasts six months and the sun don't shine so much. good thing they brought drugs...right? the saving grace of this story is the narrator's voice, who carries you through with ease and genuine love for most of the characters. the subplots are all pretty interesting, though a little long winded at times. they kept bringing you back in with the sex, although even it became a little mundane after a while. im not sure why the book was as long as it was, but i do remember it taking me quite a while to get done with the monster. there were times when i just wanted to be done, but was pulled along by the wish to see what happened to a few of the remaining cast. Overall i have togive this one a weak three. and honestly, it's almost down to a strong two, but i feel like there are so mnay other people out there that would enjoy this book more then me and be completely in the right about how engaging it would be. it didn't get me like i wanted it to, but becuase of the well-written dialogue and the generally interesting storyline, i can't help but give it some credit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Tamraz | 1/22/2014

    " LOve love love this book! TC's tale of a group of hippies kicked off their commune in cali who turn into Alaskan homesteaders in the late 1960's--awesome! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Burger | 1/19/2014

    " Absolutely recommendable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess | 1/14/2014

    " This book is gritty and involving, full of rough characters and the occasional tender moment. I'll have to finish writing this review later, it's still to fresh on my mind and has me reeling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 1/14/2014

    " I adored this long novel about 70s back-to-the-land hippies in California who move to Alaska and confront not only the weather and wilderness but also the tough, intolerant, self-reliant Alaskan bush dwellers who have an entirely different take on "back-to-the-land." T.C. Boyle is a great writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Devon Anderson | 1/12/2014

    " Decadent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 1/8/2014

    " i read this a long time ago and i think about it all the time. t.c. can be such a great story teller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Therese | 1/2/2014

    " It was interesting to read about a commune in the early '70s. It got a little tedious at times. It's not my favorite book by T.C. Boyle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 12/19/2013

    " hippies move commune up to alaska and it's not as utopian as they originally thought it would be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen King | 12/1/2013

    " I'm not one for reviewing books but this was my first book by Boyle and I am now on a mission to read all of his books. And I don't say that often about any author "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shauna | 9/22/2013

    " I wasn't crazy about it at first, but then I really got in to it. But then I felt let down by the ending, so I don't know how I feel about this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terra Lenihan | 7/28/2013

    " One of my all-time favorites. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carrie | 4/18/2013

    " AWFUL! I do not recommend this book! I couldn't even finish it! I put the book in my donation pile, but probably should have thrown it away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 melisa | 1/18/2013

    " It was a good book; i finished it, that says something. However, i wasn't wholly engaged by the subject matter. But that is a personal opinion. Other people might like it a lot more. I liked "Tortilla Curtain" better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sarah corbett morgan | 8/3/2012

    " Pure Boyle. California hippies clash with Alaskan survivalists.I read it and winced waiting for something really bad to happen. Boyle is a master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 4/17/2012

    " Totally cool book about the lives of people at a commune in Alaska. Couldn't put it down. Love T.C. Boyle and am looking forward to reading more by him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lesley Ann | 3/16/2012

    " Loosely based on fact, a novel about a hippie group who, having founded a commune in California, head for a new life in Alaska. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Ingram | 12/19/2011

    " Frank Conroy once said this was the best T.C. Boyle book. He said it not as a matter of opinion but as a statement of fact. I suspect he was right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 11/26/2011

    " Almost gave it two stars. Not a big fan of T.C. Boyle. This is an entertaining read about stupid hippies and how stupid they are when they move to Alaska. That saves it from the doldrums. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory | 10/31/2011

    " enjoying so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn | 9/22/2011

    " Very funny read with a lot of tooth. Second book of T. C. Boyle's that I've read but I think he's great at his genre (historical fiction). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 7/14/2011

    " This is one of my favorite books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane C. | 7/3/2011

    " A northern Calif commune, after several unfortunate incidents, ups and drives their bus to Alaska. A great time capsule of the 60's/70's, luxuriantly told by Boyle. It is rather a book that is to be enjoyed by people interested in those times and those people, though. Which I am, I loved the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 aksnowbunny Proden | 5/25/2011

    " It was fun to read about the alaskan aspect, but pretty boring otherwise. been there, done that don't need to relive it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 5/2/2011

    " I love TC Boyle, and this book is really fun, but I felt like I wanted more meaning out of it (you'll see if you read it). Still, I enjoyed this romp through the 70s! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 4/20/2011

    " Story took a while for me to warm up to. But i'm also from new england so i guess a bit more uptight about some things!
    I like the Alaska part of the story much better - really got into by then.
    This is for book club, so i'm glad i read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alleycatfan | 4/5/2011

    " This was different from any book I've ever read. The writing was very engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 3/30/2011

    " Drop City is another one of T C Boyle's brilliantly written books. Character is fate in this novel and we learn early who the callous, "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 3/29/2011

    " TC Boyle has a strange writing style I am not comfortable with. Well, it's just me. But I still think he's a brilliant writer. The book just did not work for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 scmorgan | 3/29/2011

    " Pure Boyle. California hippies clash with Alaskan survivalists.I read it and winced waiting for something really bad to happen. Boyle is a master. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malonie | 3/18/2011

    " Funny, sad, and sort of miraculous. This story sets out with such verve and energy and you watch it drastically change into something sinister and unavoidable.
    T.C. Boyle is a master storyteller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 3/7/2011

    " My first book by T.C. Boyle - kinda strange, ending was weak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/22/2011

    " All the people I wanted to go away or die did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 2/19/2011

    " Boyle at his hilarious best - clueless california hippie attempt life in Alaska. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tally | 2/8/2011

    " I'm not sure why Germans love T. C. Boyle so much. I found the plot underdeveloped, the ending premature, the characters flat and the whole thing quite random. But, as I live in Germany, I have at least done my duty and read one of his books. I doubt I will read a second. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/22/2011

    " I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It has a good story, well written, and lots of interesting angles to ponder. Recommended. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Poe has worked extensively in movies, television, and on Broadway. He is best known for his portrayal of Gul Evek in three different Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: Voyager. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks and earned eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards.