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.
What the critics say
"The comedy is as broad as it comes, but it also has a depth that includes poignancy, particularly as it records the station's downhill slide. Humor and insight into the heart of raunchy America don't get any better than this." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Not one of the Lake Woebegone books, this book is irreverently funny and different than anything he has done before; his masterpiece, in my opinin.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
- R. Conley
I'd turn back if I were you
What a HUGE disappointment. I don’t like a lot of the new things Keillor is doing on the radio, the sketch comedy just does not do it for me on any level. Guy Noir couldn't carry Nick Danger's third eye. But I like every Keillor book I've read/listened to so far. I liked Lake Wobegon Boy, and especially liked Lake Wobegon Summer 1956, and love almost every one of the “Tales” from Lake Wobegon I’ve ever heard. I listened to this nearly straight through on a recent road trip and I can’t say enough to warn you away from it. Started extremely slow, had a very few laughs in the middle and could not seem to decide how to end. Don’t even let someone give it to you.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Have enjoyed this story dozens of times. Each time as good as the first. Love the epilogue where presumably everything turns out perfectly for Frank and Maria. Why not create a character and bless them with a great adventure?
Again and again
I admit it
This is probably my third or fourth time listening to this audiobook. To me, it is an absolute classic. To those who have tried to read Garrison Keillor, it can sometimes be hard to approach. Nonetheless, when the author reads it himself, the story absolutely leaps to life.
Very few, if anybooks I have read ( or have listened to) have both moved me to tears and caused me to laugh out loud. This is a gym that absolutely has to be listened to in order to be fully appreciated
- C. Levitan
Not Lake Woebegone!
WLT is Keillor's best work. It's got great story structure, fantastic characters and character development, hilarious language, and quirky atmosphere.
Fun, I loved it!
A nostalgic, touching, sophmorically bawdy look at early radio without the rose colored glasses. You won't go wrong with this choice.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Just finished this last week and decided to listen again - wonderful stories told by a master story teller. I really felt like I was a firsthand observer of this old-time radio station and its unforgettable characters.