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  • Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

  • Written by: Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Barry Bostwick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Imagine this: When the stock market crashes on the Thursday before Easter, you, an ambitious broker, not overly successful or ethical, know you're facing the Weekend from Hell. With only 72 hours to scheme and scramble your way out of this nightmare, you find yourself confronted with a 300-pound psychic, a tattooed stranger, African rituals, legendary amphibians, outer space, and your own sexuality. Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, the highly praised novel from Tom Robbins, places the listener at the center of a wildly psychotic journey. When it is over, will you - and the world - be wiser, sadder, better in some way? Or merely possessed of a complete understanding of the surprisingly serious phrase, "half asleep in frog pajamas?"
©1994 by Tom Robbins (P)1995 by Dove Audio, Inc.

What the critics say

"Trying to describe a Tom Robbins novel by summarizing its plot is like pointing to a snowflake and asking someone to grasp the concept of downhill skiing." (The Los Angeles Times)

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Painful

Highly recommended by family, but painfully taps the life out of my soul. Pages dedicated to describing rain…get to the point. Too flowery, over- stuffed and over written for no one’s benefit. Kills and wastes a persons life…time is precious.

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A Great Read!

The author's accent made the audiobook seem all the more foreign, just an excellent listen.

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Highly recommend

I adore Tom Robbins. I read "Still life with Woodpecker"in high school and can't get enough Robbins since. This book is a masterpoece and was read masterfully. a great mix of humor, mystery, sex, comedy and whimsy. I can't wait to listen again. #Audible1

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  • fredlet
  • 2003-04-05

wacky and philosophical

Whenever I read or listen to a Tom Robbins book, I aways marvel at the way the layers, the concepts and the crazy characters are woven together.
This is probably one of my favorite books of his. Give it a listen, but be ready to have an open mind to embrace all the concepts that he presents to you.

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  • Nate
  • 2010-11-22

Terrible Sound Quality, Entertaining Read

This was not my favorite Tom Robbins. For my money, Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates was more cohesive, funny, and entertaining. This was not bad, but had 2 things against it. The first is horrendous sound quality... this must have been recorded in a basement using an old radioshack mic on a TRS-80. The reader did a fine job (in spite of the fact that maybe should have been a woman like the main character), but there was no compression or proper post-production, so the female character was too quiet and then when you'd turn up the sound the male character would nasally grate... The second thing is this is written in the 2nd person, so everything is "you did this", etc. It takes some getting used to.

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  • Linda
  • 2003-06-14

Robbins is a great crafter of words

This was my first Robbins book, but won't be my last. His phrasing is laugh out loud funny. The book didn't get the 5th star from me because of Bostwick's narration. Barry trying to do Steve Martin while telling the tale from the prospective of a small, squeaky voiced woman just didn't work. However, Tom Robbins work came shining through.

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  • Jonathan
  • 2003-04-10

Fantastic

Tom Robbins is a master, and this is a good one. Barry Bostwick as a reader was just awesome. I highly recommend this, or any of Tom Robbin's books.

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  • Noah
  • 2005-04-08

Only for those that love Robbins

Not one of Robbins better works. The 2nd person narrative perspective is interesting, but there is a reason why it is not used that frequently. Robbin's pulls it off, but the plot and characters of this book are, dare I say, mundane compared to some of Robbins other works. But really the biggest problem with this story is Barry Bostwicks reading. The voices of the lead male (is that Jack Nicholson I hear?) and female are so bizarre and off the mark that it is actually detrimental to understanding the charchters. Overall a very enjoyable story, but i would recommend picking it up in book form.

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  • M. Shawn Payment
  • 2003-11-18

If a ZERO stars rating was ever applicable...

I found this book to be thoroughly UNenjoyable. Once again, Tom Robbins has populated a narrative with depressingly unlikable characters, each burdened by a vast array of disturbing idiosyncrasies. Based upon the rave reviews that Robbins' works often receive, I had hoped that "Fierce Invalids" was merely a freakish aberration that had deluded readers into lauding a comic farce for its shear eccentricity. Instead, it seems clear that a perverse universe is an integral element of Robbins' "style". I shall not be fooled again by clever titles or the misguided ravings of fanatical Robbins worshippers. The emperor has no clothes. This book is simply terrible--road kill on the literary freeway. Passersby are tempted to stare in grotesque fascination but my advice is to resist these urges at all cost! Robbins writing style is littered throughout with awkwardly bizarre turns of phrase and alliteration so heavy-handed that it one would think the text was written by a freshman English major who just discovered how to use a thesaurus.

Barry Bostwick's clumsy narration only adds to the overall displeasure. While Bostwick is a talented actor, his amateurish bludgeoning of this text only establishes how very talented professional narrators really are. Bostwick wildly pitch poles between reverberant shouts and inaudible whispers requiring the listener to remain ever poised above the volume controls and the rewind buttons to even understand much of the dialogue. His voice characterizations are sadly inept, reducing one female voice to a breathy whisper and others to poor impressions of W.C. Fields and Harvey Firestein.

There are many fine audio books available. This is not one of them.

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  • Rob
  • 2004-05-13

Objectivism collides with mysticism

A hilarious romp where objectivism collides with mysticism -- while taking neither too seriously. A cadre of clandestine characters consider all manner of profit and personal transformation. Will personal responsibility overcome victimization and entitlement? Will self-indulgence be defeated by self-actualization. Can a contrary consciousness kill cancer? Will anyone ever get on the pad? The narrator, Barry Bostwick, is exceptional.

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  • M.W.
  • 2003-06-14

Another Great Robbins Novel

It's a tough call, but I think I actually liked this book more than "Fierce Invalids..." It was fun and certainly had me laughing out loud in places. I'd listen to this book a second time.

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  • Angie
  • 2010-09-16

Not my Fav Robbins, but still highly entertaining

Tom Robbins is always an entertaining listen and Barry Bostwick is an excellent narrator. Like all his books the characters are complex and the plot has more twists than a martini.

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  • Martin
  • 2010-09-04

Poorly read

I found the quality of reading very questionable. The sound is low quality, the articulation as well.

2 people found this helpful