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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (899 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: 9781598873313
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John Tollefson, a son of Lake Wobegon, has moved east to manage a radio station at a college for academically challenged children of financially gifted parents in upstate New York. Having achieved this pleasant perch, John has a brilliant idea for a restaurant specializing in fresh sweet corn. And he falls in love with an historian named Alida Freeman, hard at work on a book about a nineteenth-century Norwegian naturopath, an acquaintance of Lincoln, Thoreau, Whitman, and Susan B. Anthony.

Caught up in his own ambitions, John visits home in Minnesota to sit in the Sidetrack Tap and the Chatterbox Cafe and listen to the talk he has heard all his life, and in that familiar landscape he discovers what is truly important to him. It all comes down to the Lake Wobegon code: Cheer Up, Make Yourself Useful, Mind Your Manners, and Avoid Self-Pity.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 2/15/2014

    " Honestly don't know why, but this is my favorite Keillor book. I go back to this one over and over again... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/13/2014

    " Not as good as Wobegon Days, but still lots of classic Keillorisms. A good time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 2/12/2014

    " My folks are from Minnesota. If you have a connection to the heartland you'll get it. If not, maybe not. The book reminds me of grandma. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwenda | 2/9/2014

    " I enjoyed this book for the most part. I believe it reflects a lot of "Midwestern" attitudes. It helped me to understand my father better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham Oliver | 1/31/2014

    " While I love listening to the "News from Lake Wobegon" segment of Prairie Home, the wander tangential narrative loses something when it's written down. Maybe this book would have been more enjoyable in short bursts occasionally, instead of reading it like a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 1/28/2014

    " I got hooked on Keillor's voice via NPR and saw this at the library. Starts fast, paints a taut image of a kid with artsy sensibilities growing up in rural Minnesota. Injects Lutheranism without seeming preachy. Takes no risks with language but doesn't waste words either. You could probably do without the long middle section. Would recommend the audiobook read by the author vs. reading it yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/28/2014

    " Nobody knows Midwestern Lutherans like Keillor. You either get it or you don't...and I got it. Big time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Du | 1/15/2014

    " Should be two and a half stars. It did what I needed, which was provide entertainment on the way to the airport and on a plane. I didn't find this funny, just droll. I was expecting more and hoping to enjoy it more. Oh well you can't win them all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/11/2014

    " I laughed all the way through this. It is a book that you really need to read out loud to someone so you can share the laughs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 11/5/2013

    " I liked this book. It was wistful and charming. It is nice that there are still books which are soothing to read but weren't pigeonholed into some genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef Asalone | 10/24/2013

    " Whenever I need a good laugh, I turn to this book. Reading about the Dark Lutherans and the Happy Lutherans always puts a smile on my face. And also the way the narrator talks about his family is hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anton Roe | 7/30/2013

    " Fantastic book. So funny, sad and beautiful all at once. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marge | 7/4/2013

    " I've always enjoyed academic satires, and part of this book is just that. It's also a book about leaving home and returning again. It reminded me of Steve Martin's sweet and funny romances. Parts dragged for me, but, in general, I found it a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 6/10/2013

    " Very amusing. Would be really good listening to Mr. Keillor read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad Flaugher | 6/9/2013

    " Great stuff for people who love the Midwest, NPR, and were raised by lutherans. Keillor has a sweet sense of humor and has just enough self loathing to make you appreciate Mr Tollefson. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 5/6/2013

    " Confirmed my suspicion that Garrison Keillor is a hilarious teller of sentimental and poignant stories. Ultimately leans toward the sweet of bittersweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith Hall | 2/28/2013

    " This was my first Keillor book. I loved it. He has a way of romanticizing the silliest things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy Brandes | 1/8/2013

    " Listened to it on audio book, which was probably more entertaining than the read since I like his radio show. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kamili | 10/8/2012

    " He's either really, really annoying or a genius. I think it takes a particular type of Midwesterner to make this distinction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 3/2/2012

    " "A person could live his whole life exactly this way and be content. You wouldn't need to see the world, or be a raging success; it would be enough to be well loved." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 11/16/2011

    " light reading, but very amusing. forewarning: you have to appreciate Garrison Keillor and his midwestern humor. well-written and could make you a Prairie Home Companion convert. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 6/7/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book! Without fail Garrison Keillor's accounts of Lake Wobegon make me smile. I would also like to add that I'm super excited to go see him live on Wednesday! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David V. | 4/24/2011

    " If you like Keillor's monologues on Prairie Home Companion, then you'll love this novel. Many of the characters from Lake Woebegon are also characters here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jrobertus | 3/17/2011

    " a pretty good story (like ralph's grocery in the famous radio show). the same human and funny feel as the letters, centered on a small college. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brad | 3/9/2011

    " Great stuff for people who love the Midwest, NPR, and were raised by lutherans. Keillor has a sweet sense of humor and has just enough self loathing to make you appreciate Mr Tollefson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 1/4/2011

    " Very amusing. Would be really good listening to Mr. Keillor read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/23/2010

    " Confirmed my suspicion that Garrison Keillor is a hilarious teller of sentimental and poignant stories. Ultimately leans toward the sweet of bittersweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 8/20/2010

    " This was my first Keillor book. I loved it. He has a way of romanticizing the silliest things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mitzi | 8/1/2010

    " It was a good book. I laughed out loud in some areas, and skipped through others because it was a little dry. I could totally relate, since I grew up in Minnesota, and there were parts that made me think, "Yes! This is the reason I do such-and-such!" :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 8/31/2009

    " I love Garrison Keillor! He makes me laugh out loud :)
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 8/28/2009

    " Nobody knows Midwestern Lutherans like Keillor. You either get it or you don't...and I got it. Big time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwenda | 6/10/2009

    " I enjoyed this book for the most part. I believe it reflects a lot of "Midwestern" attitudes. It helped me to understand my father better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 5/9/2009

    " Not as good as Wobegon Days, but still lots of classic Keillorisms. A good time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 4/5/2009

    " I absolutely loved this book! Without fail Garrison Keillor's accounts of Lake Wobegon make me smile. I would also like to add that I'm super excited to go see him live on Wednesday! :) "

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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.