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2.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 52.93 out of 5 2.93 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrei Codrescu Narrator: Jeff Woodman Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9781598871401
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The novel begins when Wakefield, an "inspirational speaker" and architecture enthusiast, is visited by the Devil, who tells him his time is up. Not yet ready, Wakefield strikes a bargain with Satan and sets off on a cross-country journey to understand his life and times and find his "authentic" self. It's Wakefield's continuing exploration of architecture—and our national obsession with restoration of our cities, of our buildings, of our bodies, of life itself—that drives him to question what is inside and what is outside reality. In the end, in an attempt to "restore" his own world, Wakefield decides he must remake it in a shocking act.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 11/21/2013

    " Every paragraph from every page felt like a well directed movie in my head. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/31/2013

    " I especially liked his investigation of architecture as it relates to the social sciences, ancient mythologies, and, my favorite, hidden spaces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynne | 9/16/2013

    " Love to listen to essays read on the radio by Andrei Codrescu. His sharp, pointed insights into how we live and playing with words are unmatched. However, there is something missing from this novel particularly a conclusive ending and well thought-out characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sadie | 5/17/2013

    " The writing style is similar to Tom Robbins. It covers an immense amount of material, all threaded around a single plot, but it's much less well done than Robbins. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie Rush | 7/22/2012

    " This is the second book I've read by this author - mainly because I know that Tom Robbins, one of my favorite authors, is a big fan of this guy - but I don't see it. It was all right I guess, but nothing remarkable - nothing on the level I associate with Tom by any means. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reganargurung | 12/8/2011

    " Good writing but not what I was in mood for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelsey | 9/13/2011

    " One of my favorite moments in this book was when the Devil fondled some words in his pocket. They were left over from the creation of language. Words no one had ever said in any language because he had snatched them up before anyone else could. They were described as "Long. Voweley. Yum." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orin | 3/5/2011

    " This is more like a bunch of essays strung out on a feeble plot. Still, the authorial voice is (mostly) witty and engaging. If you have an appreciation for hybrids. . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 9/25/2010

    " If you like hearing Andre Codrescu on NPR, you'll love this book - and you can imagine him telling the whole story. I enjoyed it! Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Orin | 12/3/2008

    " This is more like a bunch of essays strung out on a feeble plot. Still, the authorial voice is (mostly) witty and engaging. If you have an appreciation for hybrids. . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 7/13/2008

    " This is the second book I've read by this author - mainly because I know that Tom Robbins, one of my favorite authors, is a big fan of this guy - but I don't see it. It was all right I guess, but nothing remarkable - nothing on the level I associate with Tom by any means. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani | 6/26/2008

    " Every paragraph from every page felt like a well directed movie in my head. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/5/2008

    " I especially liked his investigation of architecture as it relates to the social sciences, ancient mythologies, and, my favorite, hidden spaces. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sadie | 10/22/2007

    " The writing style is similar to Tom Robbins. It covers an immense amount of material, all threaded around a single plot, but it's much less well done than Robbins. "

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About the Narrator

Jeff Woodman originated the title role in Tennessee Williams’ The Notebook of Trigorin and won the S.F. Critics’ Circle Award for his performance in An Ideal Husband. In addition to numerous theater credits on and off Broadway, his television work includes Sex and the City, Law & Order, and Cosby. A six time Audie Award finalist (and a 2007 winner), he has received seventeen Earphones Awards and was named one of the Fifty Greatest Voices of the Century by AudioFile magazine.