Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops Audiobook, by Shaun Bythell Play Audiobook Sample

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops Audiobook

Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops Audiobook, by Shaun Bythell Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Peter Kenny Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781664783102

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Longest Chapter Length:

19:36 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:03 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

12:04 minutes

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Publisher Description

A wickedly witty field guide to bookstore customers by the curmudgeonly shop owner and author of Confessions of a Bookseller. Shaun Bythell knows them all—from the “Person Who Doesn’t Know What They Want (But Thinks It Might Have a Blue Cover)” to the “Parents Secretly after Free Childcare.” The business of books has never been funnier.

In a tradition that runs from R. M. Williamson’s Bits from an Old Bookshop in 1904 to Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops in 2012 (with George Orwell’s 1936 Bookshop Memories in between), here is the latest and perhaps most complete attempt to classify people who shop in bookstores. It does take all kinds.

Employing something like Linnaean taxonomic groups, there’s the Expert (divided into subspecies from the Bore to the Helpful Person), the Young Family (ranging from the Exhausted to the Aspirational), Occultists (from Conspiracy Theorist to Craft Woman).

Then there’s the Loiterer (including the Erotica Browser and the Self-Published Author), the Bearded Pensioner (including the Lycra Clad), the The Not-So-Silent Traveler (the Whistler, Sniffer, Hummer, Farter, and Tutter), and the Family Historian (generally Canadians who come to Shaun’s shop in Wigtown, Scotland).

Two bonus sections include Staff and, finally, Perfect Customer—all add up to the funniest sell-and-tell in the house of books.

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“Narrator Peter Kenney picks up on the playful undercurrent running throughout this audiobook…Listeners will have fun because Kenney is having fun with the spot-on descriptions of buyers’ quirks…He captures Bythell’s persona as a lovable, judgmental bookselling busybody through a lively performance presented with the breathlessness of one friend confiding in another. Listeners will be laughing out loud throughout and recognize many of the species being described.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Bythell’s wicked pen and keen eye for the absurd recall what comic Ricky Gervais might say if he ran a bookshop.”

    — Wall Street Journal

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About Shaun Bythell

Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop, the largest second-hand bookshop in Scotland. When not working amongst The Bookshop’s mile of shelving, Shaun’s hobbies include eavesdropping on customers, uploading book-themed reworkings of Sugarhill Gang songs to YouTube and shooting Amazon Kindles in the wild. He lives in Wigtown, Scotland.

About Peter Kenny

Peter Kenny, an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a talented and experienced actor, voice-over artist, singer, musician, and designer, with over twenty-five years of experience working in theater, film, television, and audio. He has achieved great critical acclaim for multicharacter recordings of audiobooks by authors such as Iain Banks, Christopher Priest, and Edmund St Aubyn.