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A Fraction of the Whole

By: Steve Toltz
Narrated by: Colin McPhillamy,Craig Baldwin
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Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything - from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs - and passing on his self-taught knowledge to his son, Jasper. But now that his father's dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the man who raised him in intellectual captivity, and the irony is this: theirs was a great adventure.

From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset - mostly unintentionally - an entire continent. Incorporating death, parenting (good and bad kinds), one labyrinth, first love, a handbook for criminals, a scheme to make everyone rich and an explosive suggestion box, Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole is a hilarious, heartbreaking story of families and how to survive them.

©2008 Steve Holtz (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC

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Extraordinary in every regard.

Having read this book a couple of times over the last decade I can not quite believe just how much I enjoyed it this time as an audiobook. The narrators were perfect and I found myself oscillating between laughing out loud and pausing the recording to wonder and savour the genius of Toltz’s writing. If I had to take 10 books to the moon, this would be one of them. Bursting at the seams with ideas and insights. This is definitely not the last time I will treat myself to listening to this epic piece and I can not recommend it highly enough. If you like the sample you will love the entire book.

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Brilliant!

Loved it from start to finish. Twisting plot that is eloquently executed. An intriguing view of the world that we live in. I highly recommend it!

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Great book

Excellent book and great narration. I couldn't stop listening. Best story I've heard for a long time

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Brilliant and funny and compelling

Indeed. I loved it and wished it had not ended . Genius. And superbly read. Wow! Bravo

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I loved every weird minute of this book!

What a great recommendation by the talented author Trent Dalton. The book just kept weaving and winding down such unusual yet philosophical paths.

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so utterly original

It isn't perfect but it's actually quite an incredible book. ludicrous like a confederacy of dunces. characters so clear and unique. The story stays with you. Some parts were a slough and some were fantastic. I'm not sure why this isn't an Australian classic.

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really enjoyed it

The father point of view and narration is absolutely fantastic. Was a few chapters too long, but overall really enjoyed it.

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Rounded out the story perfectly. Touchè author!

Great story, great characters, hilarious and fun journey tied up nicely at the end by the author.

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Brilliant

The reflections in this book and the references are brilliant! I have just finished the book and are going through it on audio and book again! Brilliant!

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Enjoyed listening

I had read the book (%75) before and liked it. To finish it I decided to listen it. The narrator(s) were good and uou could have almost exact enjoy , as if you are reading the book yourself. Only changes in narrators confused me a little bit.

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