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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marc Acito Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Edward Zanni Series Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781449800345
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A deliciously funny romp of a novel about one overly theatrical and sexually confused New Jersey teenager’s larcenous quest for his acting school tuition
It’s 1983 in Wallingford, New Jersey, a sleepy bedroom community outside of Manhattan. Seventeen-year-old Edward Zanni, a feckless Ferris Bueller–type, is Peter Panning his way through a carefree summer of magic and mischief. The fun comes to a halt, however, when Edward’s father remarries and refuses to pay for Edward to study acting at Juilliard.

Edward’s truly in a bind. He’s ineligible for scholarships because his father earns too much. He’s unable to contact his mother because she’s somewhere in Peru trying to commune with Incan spirits. And, as a sure sign he’s destined for a life in the arts, Edward’s incapable of holding down a job. So he turns to his loyal (but immoral) misfit friends to help him steal the tuition money from his father, all the while practicing for his high school performance of Grease. Disguising themselves as nuns and priests, they merrily scheme their way through embezzlement, money laundering, identity theft, forgery, and blackmail. But, along the way, Edward also learns the value of friendship, hard work, and how you’re not really a man until you can beat up your father—metaphorically, that is.

How I Paid for College is a farcical coming-of-age story that combines the first-person tone of David Sedaris with the byzantine plot twists of Armistead Maupin. It is a novel for anyone who has ever had a dream or a scheme, and it marks the introduction to an original and audacious talent.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 2/8/2014

    " One of my all time favorite books! And one of the few stories I love that won't make you cry even once. It's a happy story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 1/12/2014

    " I listened to this in the car, and it was very funny, and very bawdy. Great voice of the main character (maybe partly due to the actor reading? his voice of the evil stepmother saying "a-hole" is pretty memorable). I laughed out loud a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kt4000 | 12/11/2013

    " adorable story of a homo and his last bit of highschool. full of intrigue and mystery, sex and photography, and of course, musical theater. loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Smith | 12/7/2013

    " Incredibly funny and inventive. Reminded my of the high school experience I wish I had. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivee | 12/5/2013

    " I liked i! I really liked it! It was really funny, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who just wants to laugh and see what CRAZY, hormonal teenagers do with their lives. Great read. Did I mention it was laugh out loud funny? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kgaffron | 11/27/2013

    " This is a pretty funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 11/25/2013

    " This was pretty good. I think I called it a funny, weird book when I passed it off to my husband. Not the greatest book ever, but worth the time I invested in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornelia (Corrie) | 11/18/2013

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 11/14/2013

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 5/6/2013

    " A tale of hilarious high school hijinx that will resonate with anyone who did theater in high school. Typical teen melodrama and silliness is increased by the fact that all of the main characters are actors. A fun quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anikka | 2/3/2013

    " Laugh-out-loud funny and un-put-downable (word?) but it was just a bit too out there at times that I think it hurt the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 8/27/2012

    " This book really seemed like a true story except that the main character had a different name than the author. I'm fascinated by musical theater people and this didn't disappoint. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dina | 7/19/2012

    " This book is a great summer escape. Acito is very funny, so all other books had to wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 6/30/2012

    " I really liked this one. It was very entertaining. I am glad I finally picked it up and read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 5/20/2012

    " This novel by Portland author Acito is hysterically funny and best "read" in audio format as the narrator is superb. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andreavarga | 3/10/2012

    " Hilarious, but not exactly great literature. Good light, funny reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Playwright42 | 11/1/2011

    " Exactly as advertised- sex, theft, friendship, and musical theatre. Also wickedly hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlinleah | 5/1/2011

    " oh this is one of the best books ever. it was so much fun to pull off my bookshelf and read. even if I miss some of the 80s references. i get so sucked in every time i read it. what a great coming of age story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 4/8/2011

    " Comic novel by a new member of my teaching staff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/9/2011

    " This was an entertaining read. Nothing too deep, and nothing really to challenge the reader. It is exactly what you would expect it to be from a 1-second analysis of the cover design. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheri | 2/25/2011

    " One of my all time favorite books! And one of the few stories I love that won't make you cry even once. It's a happy story! "

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

    " The little inside musical theater jokes take this pretty typical coming of age idea and make it a fantastically entertaining story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naz | 1/21/2011

    " Totally unrealistic but you want to keep on reading to see what happens. It's funny and ends very well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/9/2011

    " I loved this book - it was so funny and the way it explored the coming of age of a bisexual theater kid was unique and emotionally heartfelt. I highly recommend this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 12/15/2010

    " Could not put this hilarious book down. Read it in two days on a bus trip. A little graphic in terms of sexual content, but it was just too funny. Highly recommend it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarahz | 10/26/2010

    " Very funny. I loved his writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivee | 10/22/2010

    " I liked i! I really liked it! It was really funny, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who just wants to laugh and see what CRAZY, hormonal teenagers do with their lives. Great read. Did I mention it was laugh out loud funny? "

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About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman is an actor and narrator. He is a winner of the prestigious Audie Award and a six-time finalist. He has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine. As an actor, he originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby.