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3.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 53.91 out of 5 3.91 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Perry Narrator: Michael Perry Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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After a 12-year absence, a real-life prodigal seeks to serve his hometown, New Auburn, Wisconsin, population: 485, by joining the volunteer fire and rescue department. In a place where men post claims of manhood on bug deflectors, where the local vigilante is a farmer's wife with a pistol and a Bible, and where the most senior firefighter is a cross-eyed butcher with one kidney and two ex-wives (both of whom work at the only gas station in town), writer Michael Perry sets out to meet my neighbors at the invitation of the fire siren.

This audio also includes eight wise and witty essays selected from Perry's new book, Off Main Street. Whether fighting fires, playing nurse to a murderer, hitting the road with a truck driver, or meditating on Elvis and osmosis, Perry shows us that his small-town roots have not limited his worldview; in fact, they've enlarged it in some of the subtlest, most observant, and memorable ways possible. This collection is a diverse and generous survey of the author's talents as a journalist, penetrating observer, and rural-bred storyteller of Wisconsin.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 2/19/2014

    " Not exactly what I expected. I thought there would be more stories of meeting your neighbors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann-maree | 2/15/2014

    " This book was absolutely horrible! The title no way represents what the book is about. The book should be called "Misery". If you are in to Death, blood and dismemberment, its up your alley! So glad I have finished it to get onto something decent! "

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

    " This is a great book, you feel like you have gone on all the adventures with the author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelby | 1/29/2014

    " Wisconsin smart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Fetterly | 1/23/2014

    " Author Michael Perry tells about his small-town experience of working on the fire/EMS department. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon Olson | 1/22/2014

    " I liked the book. Not much of a gripping story but an engaging one nonetheless. Through his writing, Mr. Perry makes you feel as though he opened his front door and welcomed you into his home and his hometown. I felt as if I knew many of the characters and wanted to travel to New Auburn to see them and the town. I enjoyed the book and will read another by Perry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 1/18/2014

    " Well written book - but unlike any others I've read before. Honest, funny and full of heart - it made me laugh and cry :) It's the author's memoir about being a volunteer fire fighter in a small town - full of off-beat characters that at the end of the day would help anyone in need. Good read :) "

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

    " Michael Perry paints a vivid portrait of life in a small Wisconsin town. I found the ending haunting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Galen Burghardt | 1/2/2014

    " A great set of stories about small town life told by someone who has returned home and joined the volunteer fire department. Really, quite fine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 12/13/2013

    " Michael Perry makes me long for small town WI and my childhood home. His writing is endearing and heart warming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea Holladay-Bachman | 11/7/2013

    " This is a great book. I can relate to much of the humor being a Wisconsinite myself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/11/2013

    " About rural small town Wisconsin life and his experiences as a first responder on the volunteer fire dept. Loved the EMT stories and tight knit community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/12/2013

    " I love author Michael Perry! When I read Perry I am completely wrapped up in his words. I love his style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne Kabel | 2/17/2013

    " A look at small town life through the eyes of a volunteer fireman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Frank | 6/30/2012

    " Was on a Perry reading rampage when I added this one to the mix. Enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/4/2012

    " Finally, I engaged with a current story-telling author, although this book is non-fiction, so I can't quite seem to break with my anti-fiction bias as of late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/31/2012

    " Re-read. Even better than I remembered, and I loved it the first time. Mostly, it's about everything that matters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmel Tesmer | 2/19/2012

    " It reminded me of the small towns I knew as a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Gerber | 2/14/2012

    " One of my all-time favorite books. Michael Perry is a wonderful author. His prose is pure poetry. His stories Are complex. Some laugh-out-loud funny. Others bring me to my knees sad. This book reminds me of my family, it takes me back home. It is a book that I pick up again and again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Jennings | 5/28/2011

    " Michael Perry can fall a little bit too in love with his metaphors, but this book is still makes me cry. "

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

    " Perry's writing style is warm and familiar. Humourous stories mixed in with reflections and some tragedy. Though it should've served as a warning more than inspiration, the book made me want to raise chickens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 5/12/2011

    " A little too much baby and a few too many lengthy descriptions of farm chores. But those parts about his nephew were . . . wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 5/12/2011

    " A warm, funny, realistic view of rural life in northern Wisconsin. I laughed out loud and cried through sections of this story. I already have other books by Michael Perry on hold at the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 3/14/2011

    " Absolutely not what I imagined. Brought back lots of memories of growing up on a farm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kris | 3/13/2011

    " Fabulous, quick read! This is a non-fiction written by an author about his own experience. I truly appreciated his honest ability to look at himself and share his truthful observations. "

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

    " A little heavy on the childhood memoir (which feels nontopical and slightly irrelevant in parts). A little light on the ins and outs of modern farmkeep. Although, I guess I had expectations a la Farm City by Novella Carpenter, who so far has got my vote for best modern agri-memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/20/2011

    " Another great book. Perry is entertaining, thought provoking and just plain enjoyable to read. I felt I was there with him during his year onthe farm. I recomend his books always! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/16/2011

    " Love this book. Was written from a very "real" perspective! Can't wait to read more of Michael Perry's writing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 2/14/2011

    " Perry, with a genuine and rural flair, mixes anecdotes of his rural life with philosophy, a bit of introspective religion and surprising humor into an autobiography that is entertaining, funny at times and easy to read. I will look forward to reading his "Truck: A Love Story." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 2/6/2011

    " I was hoping this book would have more farming and less family. But the stories told are thoughtful and sometimes touching. The writing style is playful and manages to tie together the wild leaps between past and present in the storyline. Definitely a worth while read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 2/2/2011

    " Michael is a talented writer but the subject of this book seemed lacking in interest. It had a few high points between stretches of tedium. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 1/26/2011

    " I will read anything he writes...forever. And any time you get a chance to go to reading, treat yourself to a great nice of laughter and reflection. "

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About the Author
Michael Perry lives in rural Wisconsin and online at www.sneezingcow.com.