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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,199 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank Portman Narrator: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780739331149
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Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom discovers his deceased father’s copy of the Salinger classic, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it all looks like it’s just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well unravel the puzzle of his father’s death and–oddly–reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls.
Being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing–but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenneth | 2/15/2014

    " I ended hitting the groove with this book, even when my expectations were low. Something about relating to the subject matter (albeit separated from the protagonist geographically and by a couple of decades). The narrative may take awhile to get into, but it is a wonderful rendering of high school growing pains. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bradley | 2/14/2014

    " Not bad. Okay book. About 100 pages too long. First-time writer Frank Portman paints the high-school landscape like it just happened yesterday. However, it's a bit over-written for my tastes. Less is more. Frank Portman should have had a copy editor review his work before he went to publication. It would have made for a better read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Very | 2/11/2014

    " It was clever but missing that extra-special-something that makes me go ga-ga. "

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

    " I enjoyed the voice of this book quite a lot. The main character is funny, somewhat self-aware and definitely a teenager. The ending on the other hand, I found a little frustrating and didn't quite buy that Tom would totally give up on the mystery. "

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

    " Adorable and hilarious. Totally appreciate the frankness and intelligence of the tone. Hope to see more good work from Portman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 1/23/2014

    " Witty and clever portrayal of loner teens. The literary equivalent of Superbad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catie | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this super light read about a dork in high school who is always dreaming up his next band name and creating their play lists, even though they don't always get around to actually making music. A bit of a coming-of-age story for rock star wanna-bes. You are a rock star if you believe it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckett | 12/7/2013

    " Beautiffuly written and clever. Impressive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 6/18/2013

    " This book is in my top favorite books of all time, and it is in a genre far from what I usually read and prefer. That is saying something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/31/2013

    " This was a lot of fun, although a bit tedious at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Roberts | 8/27/2012

    " This is a terrific coming of age novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 5/16/2012

    " If you liked CATCHER IN RYE, you might like this stream of blather. Not my cup of tea because I would rather he just got to the point rather than taking me on a long trip to get there. I could see quality in the writing, but still not fun for me to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Moen | 3/10/2012

    " I admit that I hated, *hated* this book until about halfway through when I inexplicably started to love it. Overall, it's a funny, quirky look into what it might be like to be an outcast teenage boy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 2/29/2012

    " Hillarious. Slightly off-colored, but so funny. Makes me want to read Portman's next, which I think is pretty high praise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/22/2012

    " for real - this book ROCKS! I laughed out loud through most of it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fuff Tabachnikoff | 8/20/2011

    " loved this book. i didn't like the young teen girls servicing the boys sexually, that not so much. prompted a discussion with my young teenage daughter, who loved the book. teachable moment? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Franki | 5/8/2011

    " I thought that it would be really good, but it wasn't. I was really disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/30/2011

    " I read an e-mail about people thinking of their favorite characters. I did like the voice in King Dork. I remember thinking it was hillarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 4/22/2011

    " Really funny teen fiction. Recommend it to teen wierdos who like music and feel like outsiders. Kinda got some sexy stuff in it so probably not middle schoolers. But yeah, a pretty good book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bri | 4/20/2011

    " His use of words was very funny. I loved his Devil Head thing that popped up. His blunt detail of his $ex experiences was also.....a tad eye opening...over all this is one of the only books I've picked up this year that kept my interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/12/2011

    " One of my go to books. I read it just about every year. Not sure why. I just laugh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/3/2011

    " Wickedly funny.I wish I'd had this book as a teenager. Again, so-called "adult" fiction flatlines in the face of such vivid storytelling. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 3/29/2011

    " Had potential at the beginning, but then feel flat and I couldn't even finish it. Has the occasional comedic moment, but the characters are unlikable and the plot is boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elescia | 3/23/2011

    " A great young adult book that doesn't feature vampires or werewolves or anything supernatural. Just some totally dorky, zit-faced high school guys trying to start a band. As a musician (and former zit-faced kid in high school trying to start a band) I can completely relate! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyle | 2/17/2011

    " This was sweet and weird and improbable in the best of ways. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jbaby | 2/3/2011

    " dont understand. such a watse of my time and i normally try to give books time. this sucks. srry just my opinion.hate if u want but i dish it out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/1/2011

    " I will wanted to love this book and find it clever and witty, but it just didn't quite hit the mark. "

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About the Author
Author Frank Portman

Frank Portman (aka Dr. Frank) is also the author of Andromeda Klein and the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the influential East Bay punk band the Mr. T. Experience (MTX). MTX has released about a dozen albums since forming in the mid-1980s. Frank lives in Oakland, California. Visit him online at frankportman.com, look for him on Facebook, and follow @frankportman on Twitter.

About the Narrator

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.