When the moment for Gene to take Nancy to her desired death in Coffeeville arrives, she is unexpectedly admitted to the secure unit of a nursing home, and he has to call upon his two remaining friends to help break her out: one his godson, a disgraced weatherman in the throes of a midlife crisis, and the other an ex-army marksman officially dead for 40 years.
On a tour bus once stolen from Paul McCartney, and joined by a young orphan boy searching for lost family, the band of misfits career toward Mississippi through a landscape of euthanasia, religion, and war.
Just when you think you know all the character you turn a corner and another layer is drawn back revealing the next hilarious twist. This would make the funniest mini series shortening it to a film would be criminal.
Great narrator and for Aussie ears the American accent was not too grating and really brought the characters to life. I really want to meet Bob/Otis and if I ever get dementia I want to be as gracious as Nancy.
Read it from audible.com with a fantastic narrator. This book is on par with The Help and Water for Elephants. A lot of funny dialogue caused us to laugh out loud. Heart warming, funny with a strong undercurrent of very serious, poignant happenings. Heart wrenching. Just one of those rare finds I almost didn't buy. Kudos to J Paul Henderson for writing a wonderful, masterful story full of great characters that we liked so very well. Note: one has to stick with the first 30 minutes at the beginning, then off you go! My husband and I both really enjoyed this read.
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I found this story ( and performance ) first class . Jeff Harding very rarely fails to deliver a good narration . The story was both funny and sad i found myself laughing at one part and then choking up on other parts . J Paul Henderson handles the Alzheimer disease storyline very sensitively as anyone who has dealt with or dealing with the disease will be able to relate to the problems that you have to deal with . I highly recommend it to anyone and look forward to the next book he writes .
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
One of the best books I've listened to. Great story, great characters and great writing. The narrator is as good as it gets.
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This is a great book read by a fabulous narrator.
It is very funny and ironic with some genuine laugh out-loud moments. It is also sweet and kindly and, in spite of the main theme, a very uplifting book about the kindness of strangers. There are some wonderful characters throughout the book.
Jeff Harding is perfect for this book. His range of characters and his laconic, ironic delivery makes it. A marriage made in, well, wherever the best ones are made.
Please do give it a try. It is sooo much better than all the Nordic old folks books that are sloshing around and it deserves a wide audience.