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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,099 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Bognanni Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781400185801
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Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who homeschooled him in the teachings of futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way in town.

Jared Whitcomb is a chain-smoking sixteen-year-old heart-transplant recipient who befriends Sebastian and begins to teach him about all the things he has been missing, including grape soda, girls, and Sid Vicious. They form a punk band called The Rash, and it’s clear that the upcoming Methodist Church talent show has never seen the likes of them.

With storytelling that is fresh and vivid, The House of Tomorrow is destined to become an instant classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The boys here don’t come of age—girls are just beginning to exist and lifelong struggles are only taking root—but their connection is an honest, noisy, and raucous look at friendship and how loud music can make almost everything better.”

    Publishers Weekly, starred review

  • “Heartbreakingly funny and deeply compassionate…Bognanni’s timely novel perfectly captures teenage angst in all its raw and riotous discomfort.”

    Booklist

  • “I adore this book, not only for its ability to love our ludicrous hearts, but also for the way it makes dividing questions about whether good literature comes from the heart or the mind seem like nonsense.”

    Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

  • “Under the screaming rage of a Misfits or Ramones song, you can hear a heart beating, and that’s where Peter Bognanni gets to work-his wild and tender book reveals how much a couple of scared boys can say to each other with a little hateful noise.”

    Rob Sheffield, author of Love is a Mix Tape

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Hoagland | 2/8/2014

    " It was nice to read a book by a man about teen boys and their friendship. So many books today are girl centered, as if boys don't read. But this was a good book and I love that it was set in a Bucky Ball house. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Phelps | 2/4/2014

    " An unexpected pleasure...I loved the interactions between the sheltered, eccentric Sebastion and the rebellious Jard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel | 1/30/2014

    " Mike's friend wrote this, I liked it a lot - a little on the YA side but in a good way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/26/2014

    " Sebastian, orphaned as a child, lives with his grandmother in a geodesic dome in rural Iowa. The poor kid has been raised in isolation, so it's not his fault that he talks like a college instructor. Befriended by Jared, a punk-rock enthusiast recovering from a heart transplant, Sebastian finds out how "normal" families live--and he wants in. This is a fun, oddball book that somehow merges punk music with Buckminster Fuller's philosophies, but Sebastian's remoteness keeps the story from having a real heart. (On first meeting, Jared asks, "Are you autistic?") Gotta love a band named "The Rash," though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/16/2014

    " Sweet book that was deeply satisfying. A rare story that I did not want to end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 1/8/2014

    " This was recommended to me by an old friend and talented musician. It's a charming coming of age story about teenage boys struggling to live up to their parents' expectations while nurturing their own need for individuality and self-expression. The hook for me is that it somehow manages to weave Buckminster Fuller's philosophy in and out of a punk rock themed plot. I breezed through the 400 pages in less than two weeks, quite engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/6/2014

    " I picked this up because of my interest in Buckminster Fuller. I'm not sure putting this on the teen-lit shelf is right, but it doesn't feel right as an adult-looking-back-coming-of-age story either. I'm not sure about the rating 3 stars 4 stars maybe more maybe less. Still mulling this one over. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rebecca Schepps | 1/6/2014

    " I can't remember why I bought this book... lets find out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Wolverton | 1/2/2014

    " I probably would have given this novel a 3.5-ish except the ending was fantastic and worthy of bumping up the star rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua Cochran | 12/20/2013

    " Excellent teen angsty book about finding yourself through music. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 12/19/2013

    " I needed some fun fiction and really enjoyed this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Green | 12/13/2013

    " It was good but it didn't quite live up to some of the hype I read before getting the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Warrick | 8/24/2013

    " Liked it! An engaging teen story with believable people in improbable circumstances. Do I get plenty of adjective points? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shellie Rich | 7/27/2013

    " I liked this book. It was not oversimplified and I like it when authors respect their YA audiences that way. The Bucky spin was interesting and the grandma was an unusual character for a YA book. How many teen books are about a boy and his grandma? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/22/2012

    " I loved the vulnerability of the two main characters, but the story as a whole was kind of boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Ahmad | 4/20/2012

    " Interesting plot. Very easy to get lost in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mere | 8/22/2011

    " This book is so great. A cool story about a kid who is raised by his grandmother in the a geodesic dome in Iowa, and what happens when he goes out into the world. Geeky teenagers and punk rock...the author captures the discovery of something you love so well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Toni | 7/14/2011

    " Fantastic read. Totally creative, and still very easy to believe. Much different experience than I am used to. Super refreshing, and I can't wait to read it again. "

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

    " I didn't expect this to be a young adult novel when I borrowed it from the library, but it was. I loved it nevertheless. "

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

    " Loved the secondary character's 'voice' -- spot-on teenage banter. Edgy language, but nothing I haven't heard in the hallways. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/27/2011

    " Coming of age story set-in Iowa. Hope to read more by this author.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/21/2011

    " The House of Tomorrow is an excellent read with some wonderfully developed characters (particularly Jared). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 4/5/2011

    " It was good but it didn't quite live up to some of the hype I read before getting the book. "

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

    " Another good reader (I'm hooked on audio books while driving.) The end of this book made me think of Beth and Marcille. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/2/2011

    " I just realized that I never finished this book. I thought it was good, but not really captivating. I put it down and just forgot to pick it up again. I guess it was just a little too slow for me. I may update this review if I ever finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 3/30/2011

    " a sweet book about some quirky people and some big and little issues set to the tune of punk rock. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica | 3/26/2011

    " Such a great book. Definitely different than a lot of things I have been reading. I think it's definitely worth reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/22/2011

    " Sweet book that was deeply satisfying. A rare story that I did not want to end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 3/21/2011

    " I needed some fun fiction and really enjoyed this story. "

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About the Author
Author Peter Bognanni

Peter Bognanni is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was awarded a teaching/writing fellowship for his work. His short fiction and humor pieces have appeared in Gulf Coast, the Bellingham Review and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He is a 2008 Pushcart Nominee, and his short story “The Body Eternal” was chosen by Stephen King as one of the 100 Most Distinguished Stories of 2006 in Best American Short Stories. He is currently a visiting instructor of creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.