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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes Audiobook

Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and his Revolutionary Comic Strip

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Publisher's Summary

For ten years, Calvin and Hobbes was one the world's most beloved comic strips. And then, on the last day of 1995, the strip ended. Its mercurial and reclusive creator, Bill Watterson, not only finished the strip but withdrew entirely from public life.

In Looking for Calvin and Hobbes, Nevin Martell sets out on a very personal odyssey to understand the life and career of the intensely private man behind Calvin and Hobbes. Martell talks to a wide range of artists and writers (including Dave Barry, Harvey Pekar, and Brad Bird) as well as some of Watterson's closest friends and professional colleagues, and along the way reflects upon the nature of his own fandom and on the extraordinary legacy that Watterson left behind. This is as close as we're ever likely to get to one of America's most ingenious and intriguing figures - and it's the fascinating story of an intrepid author's search for him, too.

©2010 Nevin Martell (P)2014 ListenUp Production, LLC

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  • Blake Long
    14/12/14
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    "Calvinball!!!!!!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bill Watterson. This guy created one of the most popular comic strips ever and never wanted to turn the spotlight on himself. Try to picture him in a Hulu commercial with Seth MacFarlane...you can't.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES. But I didn't. This narrator is ridiculously easy to listen to.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor
    05/12/14
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    "Interesting, Fun, and Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this to a friend. The story not only goes into great detail on the life of a comic strip legend. It also tells an interesting story of the history of comic strips in general.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked listening to Watterson's description and interpretations of specific pieces he's done. It's captivating hearing his motivation for a piece and where he draws inspiration.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to other audiobooks by this narrator and I must say that this is one of his best. His delivery of the story is excellent and I definitely felt drawn in to the life and works of Watterson.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Into the mind of an American icon


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was a great listen and i definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Calvin and Hobbes or any comic strip for that matter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Penny Lane
    Athens, Ga
    15/01/15
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    "Must listen!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Bill Watterson is such an interesting person and I think Nevin Martell does a wonderful job of telling his story and sharing the frustrations fans have of not knowing more about the reclusive Watterson.


    What about Jeremy Arthur’s performance did you like?

    I loved Jeremy Arthur's voice throughout the entire audiobook. Sometimes narrators can be too monotone, especially in non-fiction, but I thought Jeremy Arthur was a perfect choice. I'll definitely be looking out for more of his work.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Calvin and Hobbes, but I'm not a superfan, so most of the information in this book was new to me. I know a lot of Watterson's fans will already know much of what is in the book, but I think Looking and Calvin and Hobbes has a little something for everyone - from casual Calvin and Hobbes readers to lifelong fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tracey
    05/12/14
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    "A Cozy Peek Behind the Scenes - Amazing Narration!"
    What did you love best about Looking for Calvin and Hobbes?

    There is an underlying warmth to this book - it's clear how much Neville Martin adored and appreciated the beautifully written comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, and its author, Bill Watterson. The amazingly cozy tone of Jeremy Arthur's narration really helps to bring about a sense of endearment and fondness on behalf of Neville.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to a handful of Jeremy's other audiobook performances - he has such an inviting and engaging tone and timbre to his voice. It's present without being overbearing - you can sit back and relax and really enjoy the storytelling. He draws you in and is very easy on the ears - there's a tenderness to his sound that I absolutely enjoy. I'm waiting, in anticipation, for his next audiobook, Pickett's Charge, to be up for sale!


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was beautifully produced - extremely high quality and fabulously narrated. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone! Great story with a stellar narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Margaret T.
    30/09/16
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    "Simply AMAZING!"

    This book is a must read for Bill Watterson and Calvin and Hobbes fans.
    Nevin Martell takes you on an incredible journey through the life of Bill Watterson and the adventure that led him to creating Calvin and Hobbes.
    His attention to detail is wonderful and he should be very proud. I'm sure Bill Watterson is proud of this book and how well Martell represented himself with dignity and pride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chelsea
    26/11/15
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    "Stars more for subject matter than anything"
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    I love Calvin and Hobbes. Its relative underexposure is one of the things I treasure about it - but I can't help myself wanting any book about it and Bill Watterson that may appear. Unfortunately though the author makes an earnest attempt at writing its definitive story without any cooperation from the artist, it feels hollow. The best thing I can say about it is that it underscores its own unnecessity and asserts how powerful Watterson's insistence that the work speak for itself really is. Still if you're a Calvin and Hobbes fan it's going to keep you interested based on subject matter alone - and I enjoyed just thinking about Calvin and Hobbes again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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