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Parnassus on Wheels is the story of a marvelous man, small in stature, wiry as a cat, yet Olympic in personality. Roger Mifflin is part pixie, part sage, part noble savage, and all God's creature. With his traveling book wagon, named Parnassus, he moves through the New England countryside of 1915 on an itinerant mission of enlightenment. Mifflin's delight in books and authors (if not publishers) is infectious. With his singular philosophy and bright eyes, he comes to represent the heart and soul of the book world.

A roaring good adventure yarn spiced with fiery roadside brawls, the most groaning boards in the history of Yankee cookery, heroic escapes from death, and a rare love story, Roger Mifflin's story shows how bookselling can be one of the world's highest callings: dispelling ignorance while causing constant delight.

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Charming little tale

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Short, simple and delightful tale from a bygone era, with an endearing narrative voice.

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  • Gillian
  • 19-05-15

The Magical Mystery Tour: The Parnassus!

And it's pulled by a fat horse named Peg (short for Pegasus), followed by a spry dog named Bock, and led by the intrepid Helen McGill and the feisty Roger Mifflin.
This absolute charmer of a book is told from the point of view of Helen McGill, a woman getting on in years (thirty-nine...oh, my!), who, for the first time in her life, does something for herself: namely, buys the Parnassus book mobile in an effort to keep it away from her book loving, suddenly-famous-author brother and goes on the road herself. On the way, she and Roger Mifflin have many adventures of their own, enjoyable conversations, meet delightful people, and, well, just make this one of the flat-out best audible experiences I've ever had. Nadia May nails not only Helen, but every single one of the characters, male/female, gruff/sophisticated, reserved/hysterical. She was absolutely made for this book.
If you get the kindle whispersync version (or with the free kindle app if you don't have a kindle), this is an inexpensive listen that is sooooooo worth the time. Especially as it's so delightful, the smile will stay with you for many a day.
HIGHLY recommended!

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  • A. J. McConachie
  • 12-09-10

A Jewel of a Novella

Let me ask you this... Are you tired of Listening to graphic sex. foul language, The crippling or mutilation, even murder of another person?
While these do have their place, I would urge you to sit back and enjoy
Parnassus on Wheels.
What a delight to hear. There is everything you could want in this little Gem.
Romance + Adventure + Mystery + Humor, and a wee bit of the blarney... You will love it.

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  • Professor Scotty
  • 16-05-10

Old Fashioned Wonderful Read For The Whole Family.

The kind of story that is a wonderful read. It reminded me a bit of Dickens but a few hundred years later. I love books. The character in this book loves books. As I said in the title, this is a wonderful sit down for the entire family.

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  • Joe K.
  • 18-10-08

This reader was perfect for this book.

Cute story although it is very different, for some reason, it reminds me of "The Rainmaker" with Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn.

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  • L. Worthington
  • 19-05-22

Loved this book!

A charming and heart-warming book, with wonderful narration, delightful characters and a lively plot. I would happily have hitched a ride on the Parnassus, and toured the New England countryside, where I was born. I absoulutely adored this merry taie, and plan to start the sequel immediately!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-03-22

charming little book

I hadn't heard of Chris Morley before this, and was thoroughly entertained. Written in the first person by an early 20th century New England "spinster" who goes on the adventure of her life. Narrator is excellent.

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  • Jared A. Mitchell
  • 20-02-22

Fantastic!

What an entertaining, lovely gem of a story! I laughed until I cried and was glad of the satisfying ending! Truly a wonderful performance.

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  • Sharalyn
  • 09-02-22

A delightful read.

This was a cute, quick audiobook. I enjoyed listening to it and I am looking forward to the follow up book.

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  • Susan Stafford
  • 05-02-22

Written 1917, a different delightful experience.

I have never used this word in a review, but I was charmed by the story, the main characters and the people they met on their travels. Being a book lover, I appreciate the theme of the importance of "a good book".

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  • Sara Eidenbach
  • 09-01-22

Absolutely enjoyable!

I thoroughly delighted in this feisty tale of a strong woman and wonderfully dedicated lover of books and knowledge. And the passion for spreading that to all who were willing. And the adventures! I’m ready at 70 to build my own Parnassus and fill her with books, tales from my own library! The narrator and story were enchanting!

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