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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garrison Keillor Narrator: Garrison Keillor Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781598873306
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A Grammy® nominee.

Fourteen-year-old Gary, a self-described “tree toad”—lover of a perfect lawn, the soft-porn masterpiece Carnal Cuties, his Underwood typewriter, and, above all, his rebellious cousin Kate—lives through one amazing Lake Wobegon summer. Gary preoccupies himself by spinning fantastic yarns about boogers, talking dogs, conversations between God and Jesus, and especially melodramas featuring himself as hero and Kate as distressed damsel.

When the real Kate makes a terrible mistake, Gary learns a lot about love, heartbreak, and what it really means to rebel.

In Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, Garrison Keillor describes the making of a writer who comes of age in classic Wobegon style. It’s just what his fans have been waiting for: trademark wit, brilliant humor, great storytelling, and an extended stay in “the little town that time forgot and the decades cannot improve.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rnlockett | 2/19/2014

    " I would rate this higher, because I love GK's stories, but my feelings about his political opinions cloud my judgement. Lake Wobegone has become a dark place for me. :-( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce Anderson | 2/18/2014

    " If you like juvenile humor about boogers and sex, you will think this book laugh out loud hilarious. :) "

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

    " I really enjoyed this book - it was witty, it had a midwest charm about it, and it was funny. It was a great summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Kay | 2/12/2014

    " Keillor reads this fictional account of his summer of 1956 when he was 14, although I bet a lot of the goings-on are true. Very, very funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/25/2014

    " I really wanted to like this book. It was OK, but nothing amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Brassieur | 1/20/2014

    " I had read this before, when I had picked it up from the sale shelves. This time, the beginning parts tickled me so that I was laughing out loud; the kind of laughing where your family stops what they're doing and comes from all parts of the house to regard you with concern. My eyes were closed and tearing up I was laughing so hard. I didn't remember it being so funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/17/2014

    " The radio is turned on every Saturday evening to the Garrison Keillor show. I love this man's stories and humor. I shared this with a friend I was visiting and he gave me this book to pass the time. I am glad that I did not read it when I had three teen aged sons at home. It was insightful to see what 14 year old boys think about. Maybe it is because of the distance in my life from 14, but do girls also think this way? As usual I laughed my way through this book. I loved his ah ha moment when he decided that if he wanted to be a writer he had plenty of material right at home. I was 16 in the summer of 1956. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas | 1/15/2014

    " Hilarious and very insightful into humanity in general. Would have given it a higher rating if Keillor had cut out the perverted parts. "

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

    " good writing even if baseball and teenage male's thoughts about sex aren't your favorite topics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Hall | 12/12/2013

    " The story of a boy growing into young adulthood. I feel like he portrayed the boy well, but there were parts that were just plain out disturbing, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 11/16/2013

    " My favorite Garrison Keillor book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bridget trinkaus | 11/7/2013

    " I love Garrison Keillor writing style. I am also a big fan of his radio show A Prairie Home Companion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 11/4/2013

    " The summer of 1956 was the same in all parts of the country. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 6/6/2013

    " Garrison Keillor is always entertaining, and this is the first book of his that I have read. I can just hear him reading this! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 5/15/2013

    " A slightly dull read. There were some pretty funny bits throughout the book. I enjoyed the view into a 14 year old boy's head. The skits with Jesus and grandpa looking down from heaven were good without being overdone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick Belair | 4/28/2013

    " Being, That I like Garrison Keillor and I love a prarie home companion i was very much entertained by this book. If you like His other writings you should enjoy this on also. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 3/7/2013

    " This did not amuse me, much to my surprise and disappointment. Are his other books different/better I wonder? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/25/2013

    " Memories of this have blurred together in my mind with the other Lake Wobegon books. I love them all (can't get enough of that dry, deadpan humour and the portrayal of smalltown life), but the first one, 'Lake Wobegon Days', was the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 2/24/2013

    " I always enjoy Garrison Keillor even if it sometimes feels like he's telling the same stories over and over. This was a light read with some occasional moments of brilliance. I will be trying to find ways to incorporate the phrase "her gleaming orbs" into my everyday conversation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jostalady | 9/25/2012

    " I was unimpressed and at times grossed out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes Young | 9/19/2012

    " very cute, very Keillor. Readers even get God's perspective on things! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 7/26/2012

    " No one tells these sweet, funny stories like Garrison Keeler "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 7/23/2012

    " I couldn't get into this book. I couldn't find the plot line, and felt the book was just talking just to talk. I'm guessing you either love or dislike this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 4/12/2012

    " I would not recommend this book due to its content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/26/2012

    " Oh, the woes of being a dorky 14 year old in 1950's Minnesota! Some unforgettable scenes and musings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 6/29/2011

    " Summer in Lake Wobegon in 1956 and 14 year-old Gary struggles with what it means to be good in the context of Lake Wobegon. Cute and fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darcy | 6/10/2011

    " So funny! The discussions between Grandpa and Jesus were hilarious. And the rest of the book was entertaining as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 5/10/2011

    " I really wanted to like this book. It was OK, but nothing amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/9/2011

    " And the moral of this story is...14-year-old boys are gross! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/6/2011

    " Pretty good book about a dorky boy in the 1950's growing up in an uber religious household. had some funy moments as well as times that made you wanna slap some sense into some of the carachters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/1/2010

    " I'm happy to find a new humorous author in the midst of my bookshelf. The book dragged a bit at the end, but the first half of it was down right funny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 11/29/2010

    " The summer of 1956 was the same in all parts of the country. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amara | 11/22/2010

    " This did not amuse me, much to my surprise and disappointment. Are his other books different/better I wonder? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/10/2010

    " Funny book and an easy read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/6/2010

    " good writing even if baseball and teenage male's thoughts about sex aren't your favorite topics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ralph | 8/31/2010

    " I've read 5 -- 6 -- 7? Keillor books. They all have parts that make me laugh out loud. Sorry, honey. Can't help it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith | 8/20/2010

    " The story of a boy growing into young adulthood. I feel like he portrayed the boy well, but there were parts that were just plain out disturbing, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 3/25/2010

    " light hearted and funny...if you take life too seriously, don't read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 2/19/2010

    " I always enjoy Garrison Keillor even if it sometimes feels like he's telling the same stories over and over. This was a light read with some occasional moments of brilliance. I will be trying to find ways to incorporate the phrase "her gleaming orbs" into my everyday conversation. "

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About the Author
Author Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than thirty-five years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, the New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. He is the winner of nine AudioFile Earphones Awards, several of which were for his own books. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.