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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe Dunthorne Narrator: Tom Lawrence Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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At a once vibrant communal-living property in the British countryside, back-to-basics fervor has given way to a vague discontent. A place that once buzzed with activity, from the polytunnels to the pottery shed, now functions with a skeleton crew. Founder Don Riley surveys his domain with the grim focus of someone who knows what’s best for everyone—and isn’t afraid to let them know. Especially when those people are related to him. 

Don’s wife, Freya, can’t quite decide whether not liking someone anymore is enough reason to end a twenty-year marriage. So she decamps to a mud yurt in the woods to mull it over. Their seventeen-year-old daughter, Kate, enrolls in school for the first time in her life: the exotic new world of fellow teenagers and surprisingly tasty cafeteria food beckons, and she is quickly lured into the arms of a “meathead” classmate. In his sister’s absence, eleven-year-old Albert falls under the spell of an outlandish new visitor to the community who fills his head with strange notions of the impending end of the world. 

Faced with the task of rescuing his son from apocalyptic fantasies, his daughter from the clutches of suburbia, and his wife from her increasingly apparent desire to leave him, Don convinces himself that the only way to save the world he’s created is . . . to throw the biggest party of his life. Will anyone show up? 

From the acclaimed young author of Submarine, Wild Abandon is a strange and wonderful look at love—familial and romantic, returned and rebuffed—and the people and places we choose to call home. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Maura | 2/8/2014

    " All the blurbs refer this book being hilarious, but it didn't tickle my funny bone at all. The description of the plot sounds funny, but the actual story just was a little too off for me. The characters seemed kind of stereotypical to me - the aging hippie and his wife who started a commune many years ago but are now growing apart, the wealthy stoner who suports them, the kids who are eager to try mainstream life, etc. Kate's storyline seemed the most promising, but somehow it fizzled. In the beginning she seems like a very focused and together sort of girl, but her actions when living with her boyfriend's family don't fit her character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paresh Pandya | 2/7/2014

    " Interesting book. I like the writing style, but the plot lost me 3/4 of the way through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laura Marks | 2/4/2014

    " It started out ok and had an original premise, but I lost interest and only finished it to see if it redeemed itself in the end. It didn't. No likable charachters . . . I didn't care what happened to any of them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Cathy | 1/28/2014

    " Wild Abandon explores the edges of conventional living arrangements. The characters choose their setting and then choose to change (they take themselves VERY seriously). Good fun to watch from the sidelines. Apocalyptic visions of the eleven year-old tugs you to the climactic ending. "

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