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Uncommon Type Audiobook

Uncommon Type: Some Stories

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Publisher's Summary

Read by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down-and-out motel, romance and a bit of real life.

These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heart-warming and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have.

©2017 Tom Hanks (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Agatha 28/10/2017
    Agatha 28/10/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Ten Hours With Tom Hanks"

    Not only can Tom Hanks act, he can also write! His imagination, his knowledge, his humour and his ability to combine his attributes to weave a marvellous story in which he succeeds in taking his reader/listener with him to wherever the story is to take us. Each story is such fun, wondering where and how the typewriter is going to feature.
    Added to the pleasure is listening to Tom Hanks narrating his stories.
    I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories which cover many subjects.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suswati 14/11/2017
    Suswati 14/11/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Listen just for Tom Hanks' mellifluous voice"

    Tom Hanks turns out to be as authentically genuine a writer as can be. The stories in this book range from the hilarious to the deeply touching.

    They move in period, location, and manner, but all demonstrate a joy in writing, a pleasure in communicating an intensely American sense of atmosphere, friendship, life and family that is every bit as smart and engaging as the man himself.

    While the stories are witty, it is more so because of the man himself. They may not be Pulitzer material, but it truly is a pleasure to read his book while thinking about this imaginative man.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    souljackerr 17/11/2017
    souljackerr 17/11/2017
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    "Underwhelming stories"

    I really wanted to like these stories more than I did. I’m a big fan of short stories generally; when done well they’re a great insight or snapshot of a story but here that isn’t the case. There isn’t much depth to the characters and it feels like the stories only scratch the surface of the people within. It’s also rare that I notice when an author can’t write characters of the opposite gender, but in this case it really stood out. The female characters in particular are flat and heavily stereotyped and it’s a little bland.
    There was so much potential with some of the stories but they were almost monotone in plot; I’d recommend Margaret Atwood’s short stories for examples of how this kind of storytelling can be done well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Layhe Doncaster, UK 06/12/2017
    Sue Layhe Doncaster, UK 06/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Innocence, a sense of an earlier era in US"

    I listened to this book, narrated by the author. Whilst there are a couple of meaningful hints in the collection the majority are harmless but well written stories. I was left with a sense of Edward Scissorhsnds crossed with Stepford Wives without the sinister edge. Reminiscent of 1950 US. Mr H obviously adores typewriters too. Worth the read for a relaxing innocent tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mlaa 09/11/2017
    mlaa 09/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "All you hope from Tom Hanks and more!"

    I saw this advertised on facebook and, as I love Tom Hank's voice, snapped it up straight away. The stories are wonderful and the only negative is that some really should be made into full length novels. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Tom will oblige!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Dillon 08/11/2017
    K. Dillon 08/11/2017
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    "Disappointed"

    I can't believe I'm returning this book as Tom Hanks is a hero of mine. However brilliantly narrated by him the stories are quite frankly boring.
    Some will love them and say I'm mad, but I need a little more spice and intrigue in my fiction.

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    suewoodley 07/11/2017
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    "Brilliant, just what you'd expect from Mr Hanks"

    This is a collection of short stories, some are linked by characters and ideas, some aren't. I quickly became very comfortable in each of the different slices of worlds presented by the incomparable voice of Tom Hanks. The stories in the main are simple ideas, but with truly first-class writing, the characters and dialogue are totally believable and I quickly became immersed in them. More please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "More please!"

    I absolutely loved this. There are no "big bang" twists, and it feels more like a gentle mooch through Americana, but it was truly enchanting. I think it might have ignited a love for short stories that still manage to get the characters across so that they stay with you. Tom Hanks narrating was the icing on the cake. Fab... will keep lookout for follow ups.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. J. Craig Dorset, England 06/11/2017
    D. J. Craig Dorset, England 06/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I could listen again and again"

    Short insights into different lives that capture your imagination. With stories varying from under 10 mins to over an hour there’s a listen no matter how much time or lack of time you have. A very easy listen that is in no way shape or form boring to listen to over and over, made all that much better with TH reading them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PW 03/11/2017
    PW 03/11/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring"

    You expect some variety from an anthology of stories but these are mundane in the extreme. Most have some sort of beginning, an interminable middle and, with the exception of the last one, are totally lacking in endings. His fascination with old typewriters is boring but, having said all that, they are listenable if eminently forgettable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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