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Download The Spectacular Now Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (757 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Tharp Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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So, my beautiful fat girlfriend, Cassidy, is threatening to kick me to the curb again, my best friend suddenly wants to put the brakes on our lives of fabulous fun, my mom and big sister are plotting a future in which I turn into an atomic vampire, and my dad, well, my dad is a big fat question mark that I'm not sure I want the answer to.

Some people would let a senior year like this get them down. Not me. I'm Sutter Keely, master of the party. I'm your man when it comes to cranking the wild times. But don't mistake a midnight philosopher like me for nothing more than a shallow party boy.

Just ask Aimee, the new girl in my life. She saw the depth of the Sutterman from that first moment when she found me passed out on the front lawn. Okay, so she's a social disaster; but that's where I come in. Isn't it my duty to show her a splendiferous time, and then let her go forth and prosper?

Yes, life is weird, but I embrace the weird. Let everyone else go marching off into their great shining futures if they want. Me, I've always been more than content to tip my whiskey bottle and take a ride straight into the heart of the spectacular now. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 9/8/2013

    " A teen angnst book that I borrowed from Kate to read. The main character is a high-school drunk who wants to only live in the "now" and the story follows him in his travails with girls and the self-delusion that he has as to his place in life. I will give the author credit, there is no definitive end to the book or climactic moment, there is only the spectacular now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn Harlan | 8/21/2013

    " Great character voice, interesting story. Tim Tharp is under appreciated. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 7/13/2013

    " A young adult novel where the main character is exactly like Jeff Spicolli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High except less of a stoner and more of an alcoholic, constantly drinking whiskey and 7up from a giant 7-11 cup. It's funny but not exactly humor, but not a problem novel either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/1/2013

    " Meh...would have liked it better if Sutter wasn't such an unlikeable, irresponsible buffoon. I thought it would be more of a comic story. I really like the cover art, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne | 5/22/2013

    " Didn't love this personally but really one of the better male-authored books for teens to appeal to young male readers that I've come across. Sort of a Catcher in the Rye for the 21st century with a lot more humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacey | 5/16/2013

    " I was kind of disappointed in this one. I wasn't expecting a happy ending for Sutter, but he's genuinely likable (as anti-heroes tend to be) and to see his ending be so... non-committal made me feel a little cheated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krysten | 1/7/2013

    " Definitely a coming of age story. Once Sutter met Aimee, I couldn't stop reading. The story is realistic and easy to read. I hope the film comes out soon! It will star Brie Larson, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley. I pictured them while reading the book and they fit the characters perfectly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lila Stanley | 10/14/2012

    " I really really loved the characters in this book. Can't wait to see the movie adaptation!One of my favorite coming of age stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T.W. Fendley | 7/6/2012

    " This is a well-told book, but pretty depressing. It probably deserves a 4-star rating in many respects. A difficult book for me to read, much like Crank was hard to take. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra | 3/31/2012

    " A brilliantly written book with one of the best ending lines ever. (No peeking. You have to get there honestly.) "

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

    " YA Fiction--from YALSA's 2009 Best Books for Teens list. Teenaged drinking and romance. Sutter Keely is the narrator and is, at least in his view, the life of the party. But graduation is near and his future is very uncertain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 10/2/2011

    " Kind of sad and depressing, but kind of makes you think. "

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

    " First things first - who ever approved the cover art? my god... Now, the book was ok. but the main character 'Sutter' was kinda pitiful and annoying. but i like a drunk, so he passed my standards test. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn | 1/1/2011

    " Great character voice, interesting story. Tim Tharp is under appreciated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tatiana | 4/15/2010

    " Did it have to end like that? :o( "

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