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Funny Books - Garrison Keillor - Liberty - A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book

Liberty - A Lake Wobegon Novel - Audio Book

Garrison Keillor
Audio Book 7 CD 7 1/4 Hours
Read by the author
HighBridge Audio 2008

Fans of Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion will be surprised by Liberty, the 2008 Lake Wobegon novel and its audio book version. Though it is well told and a good story, Liberty is not about the usual whitebread, pastoral, everybody makes do Minnesota town Keillor gives news of every week on American public radio. This audiobook and novel has some adult content and shows a darker side to the people of Lake Wobegon.

Liberty opens with Clint Bunsen, mechanic at Bunsen Motors, a dissatisfied man. His chairmanship of last year’s 4th of July parade made it an unequalled success; this is a problem in Lake Wobegon, a town where “good enough” is the mantra. There has been a coup lead by Viola Torres and this year’s parade will be his last as chairman.

Clint also feels unappreciated by his wife Irene, the perennial Mist County Fair tomato champion, and this leads to an affair with a charming young woman. There is more, much more, including Irene Bunsen walking around with a loaded revolver.

Just about everybody from Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion news segment makes an appearance, but most characters do not play a big part in the story. Even Pastor Inqvist only gets a line or two in Liberty, A Lake Wobegon Novel.

Having the audio book and not the paperback version of this novel, it is hard to verify so as to be absolutely certain. I did get the feeling there are a few minor mistakes here and there when it comes to little details like the physical description of Angelica, Clint Bunsen’s mistress, or what was set up in the hospitality suite at Art’s Night O’Rest Motor Lodge. This is a minor quibble.

Liberty, A Lake Wobegon Novel is a bit of a shaggy dog story. What really makes it interesting for long time Garrison Keillor fans is it reveals the real nature of some of the town’s most famous characters.

I have never been a fan of Keillor in book form. His weak writing style and the lack of any real substance to these tales is obvious in print. In audio book form, Keillor’s oratory skills really make up for his shortcomings.

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