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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (465 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garrison Keillor Narrator: Garrison Keillor Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781598873344
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See what WLT was "really like" before it became the radio station featured in the Robert Altman film.

In 1926, brothers Ray and Roy Soderbjerrg plunge into radio by founding Station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) in order to rescue their failing restaurant and become the Sandwich Kings of South Minneapolis. For the next 25 years, the "Friendly Neighbor" station produces a dazzling—not to mention, odd—array of shows and stars.

Brilliantly weaving together the real lives and radio lives of his characters, Garrison Keillor has given us a comic, poignant, and slightly steamy novel, full of romance, intrigue, tough business, and loose living.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/17/2014

    " This was my second reading. Keillor is a great storyteller and he sets this story in the early days of radio. Must admit that the second reading was not as humorous as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Hills | 1/27/2014

    " Whenever I have read parts of the Bible, I always imagine God to talk in this author's voice. Also, there should be a law passed that Garrison Keillor is the ONLY man allowed to talk on the PA system at planetariums. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 1/20/2014

    " A bit darker than much of Keillor's other works, but what I love about him is that there's sort of a dark current underneath the folksy nostagia, and I'd be interested in reading something even darker from Mr. K, 'cuz I know he has it in him! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 theknitsmith | 1/8/2014

    " I did not finish every page of this book - only about half. I didn't hate, but I didn't love it. It was mostly just stories like his radio show but they seemed a little disjointed to me so I moved on with my life. They did contain his trademark wit and penchant for the absurd though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 cubbie | 12/2/2013

    " i thought this was an interesting story about radio, with an interesting character study of the main character, but the other characters were a little one-dimensional and i didn't like the way sex, sexuality, or women were dealt with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 11/14/2013

    " His dry humor appeals to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 11/10/2013

    " My favorite Garrison Kiellor book. Frank White is the hero of shy Scandanavian Americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 10/13/2013

    " I don't even remember WHEN I read this book, but I've never forgotten it. It was a fun romp. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 10/7/2013

    " This is maybe the third book i've ever given up on- the other two being "moby dick" and "billy budd." While i never would have thought i'd put keillor and melville in the same category, i do. maybe they're both up in heaven, hanging out, spending eternity getting to the point....... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 7/9/2013

    " Seamier than it needed to be. While ostensibly a paean to old-time radio, Keillor uses the setting as a vehicle to tell smutty stories and schoolboy jokes, with mockery of religious faith thrown in for good measure. This is certainly no "Lake Wobegon Days." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.J. | 7/6/2013

    " One of those books I could read again and again and again. No one's tone comes anywhere near matching Keillor's, and even in a book that's a little racier, a little less comfortable in theme and character than his Wobegon books, the voice is that of a master storyteller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 11/26/2012

    " What a wonderful read. Some parts seem a bit rambly and disjointed, but then again, that's Keillor's style. The characters are believable, multi-dimensional and sympathetic, the jokes are hysterical, and the story is broad in scope. I enjoyed every last page and will definitely read again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marcos | 11/9/2012

    " Very sweet, and funny, humorous tale... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stig | 6/8/2012

    " Well, it's not Lake Wobegon, but 'twill do, 'twill suffice. It is a very good read, actually, with Keillor's usual whimsical characters and an entertaining account of the rise and fall of radio. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele Blazer | 3/6/2012

    " He's right up there with Kevin Nealon, Rush, vanilla ice cream, cashews... millions enjoy them, I do not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan Ackerson | 2/12/2012

    " I'm just not sure that the novel is Keillor's best form. This has his trademark quirky characters and settings, but after a couple of hundred pages, I got weary of all the quirkiness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 10/19/2011

    " I read this on a trip to the Caribbean with my wife (girlfriend at the time). The big downside to the book was that it began to annoy her that I was laughing out loud whenever I was reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rrshively | 7/27/2011

    " This may have been a good book, but I couldn't get past the pubescent male humor of the first 2 chapters, so I quit reading it. I really loved Lake Woebegon Days, so was especially disaapointed with this book. "

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

    " I can't believe how filthy and hilarious this book is! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri Tracey | 5/1/2011

    " adorable - one of the best Keillor books I've read "

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

    " Funny, warm, and absolutely wonderful. I loved this book from beginning to end and would highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 3/19/2011

    " My favorite Garrison Kiellor book. Frank White is the hero of shy Scandanavian Americans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 8/1/2010

    " What a wonderful read. Some parts seem a bit rambly and disjointed, but then again, that's Keillor's style. The characters are believable, multi-dimensional and sympathetic, the jokes are hysterical, and the story is broad in scope. I enjoyed every last page and will definitely read again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rrshively | 1/6/2010

    " This may have been a good book, but I couldn't get past the pubescent male humor of the first 2 chapters, so I quit reading it. I really loved Lake Woebegon Days, so was especially disaapointed with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stig | 2/2/2009

    " Well, it's not Lake Wobegon, but 'twill do, 'twill suffice. It is a very good read, actually, with Keillor's usual whimsical characters and an entertaining account of the rise and fall of radio.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 1/5/2009

    " adorable - one of the best Keillor books I've read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/10/2008

    " This was my second reading. Keillor is a great storyteller and he sets this story in the early days of radio. Must admit that the second reading was not as humorous as the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cortney | 8/14/2008

    " Mr. Keillor has a potty mouth! Who knew...

    A less-than-sacred ode to the lost art of radio, in all its glory and depravity. The best parts were when I could distinctly hear Keillor's voice reading to me as I read in his best Prarie Home Companion voice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 6/28/2008

    " His dry humor appeals to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.J. | 5/2/2008

    " One of those books I could read again and again and again. No one's tone comes anywhere near matching Keillor's, and even in a book that's a little racier, a little less comfortable in theme and character than his Wobegon books, the voice is that of a master storyteller. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 4/1/2008

    " I'm just not sure that the novel is Keillor's best form. This has his trademark quirky characters and settings, but after a couple of hundred pages, I got weary of all the quirkiness. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 2/25/2008

    " He's right up there with Kevin Nealon, Rush, vanilla ice cream, cashews... millions enjoy them, I do not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/25/2007

    " Whenever I have read parts of the Bible, I always imagine God to talk in this author's voice. Also, there should be a law passed that Garrison Keillor is the ONLY man allowed to talk on the PA system at planetariums. "

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About the Author
Author Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor is America’s favorite storyteller. For more than thirty-five years, as the host of A Prairie Home Companion, he has captivated millions of listeners with his weekly News from Lake Wobegon monologues. A Prairie Home Companion is heard on hundreds of public radio stations, as well as America One, the Armed Forces Networks, Sirius Satellite Radio, and via a live audio webcast. Keillor is also the author of several books and a frequent contributor to national publications including Time, the New Yorker, and National Geographic, in addition to writing his own syndicated column. He has been awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities. When not touring, he resides in St. Paul, Minnesota.