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As national spokesman for the Motel 6 chain, as a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and as creator of the nationally syndicated radio program The End of the Road, Tom Bodett has a voice familiar to millions. Now you can listen, at your pleasure, to his stories about likable, genuine, slightly wacky people who live in the little Alaska town at the end of the road. Follow the romantic misadventures of sixties throwback Tamara Dupree, vegetarian activist and New Age missionary; join Stormy Storbock and Ed Flannigan on their sightseeing tour across America by fire truck; meet local ne'er-do-well Doug McDoogan, who has a bright new future in the arts. Come to Alaska and share in the emergence of a true American humorist - funny, farcical, nostalgic, provocative, and always touching.

©1990 Tom Bodett (P)1990 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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"[T]he latest in a long line of quintessential American voice ranging from Mark Twain to Garrison Keillor." ( People magazine)

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  • Joshua
  • 29-04-15

Unique audiobook experience

My parents used to play Tom Bodett audiobooks on tape during long car rides. Now, 20 years later I'm revisiting these stories through adult ears, and I love them just as much.

Funny, touching, bittersweet. Tom Bodett tells these tales masterfully and introduces you to a place and community that you want to live in.

I'm making my way through the whole series again. If you never have, you'll thank yourself for taking the ride.

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  • Daniel
  • 20-04-04

Like friend's you haven't met

Tom Bodett's voice and pace are comforting and very pleasant to listen to. His tales of a Northern Alaskan town are wholesome and entertaining. A slice of life from the end of the road. This is not the typical audio book I tend to choose, but it was a great surprize, I have listened to all of Tom Bodett's books that I have been able to get ahold of and his 'End of the Road' books are the best to be certain.

His gentle calming voice will carry you through the tales and paint pictures so vivid you will almost start packing to move to the wilderness that is the setting for his stories.

Give it a try, I think you might like it.

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  • Kevin parker
  • 14-06-04

Outstanding !

Tom Bodett is a master storyteller. His character development is deep and thoughtful. While humor is the "bread and butter", he is at his very best when telling a poigiant tale. These often bring a tear to the eye. One feels especially close to his characters, all of whom ended up at "the End of the Road" in Alaska. His wonderful voice and the complementary piano music of Johnny B. make his End of the Road series of audiobooks classics. I can hardly imagine anyone not thoroughly enjoying Bodett's work!

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  • GARY
  • 29-09-10

Truly Entertaining

The people Tom describe become old friends by the end of the book. His narrative style engrosses you to the point that you're there with them. In your minds eye you follow their every exploit and laugh and cry with them. It leaves you wanting more.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-20

Today's Samuel Clemens

I just love a good storyteller, especially one who uses homespun humor and "real folks". Samuel Clemens was perhaps one of the best of these. One of my favorite storytellers when I was growing up was Erma Bombeck. Today, my favorites are Dave Barry and Tom Bodett.

I first heard "The End of the Road" many years ago as it was played in segments on Sunday nights on a radio station in Los Angeles. I ended up buying the audio version on cassettes and have listened to them so many times, I wore them out. Doesn't matter as I have nothing on which to play a cassette these days.

If I could write a story myself, the people I mentioned here would be my inspiration, but Tom Bodett probably fits my style most of all!

Note: this is the abridged version. The unabridged is far longer and better!

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  • JimmiGee
  • 09-10-19

Tom Bodett never disappoints.

With your own ears Tom Bodett will pull you all the way to the end of the road in Homer AK. Don’t worry, not only is it a gentle trip but you will feel so at home you’ll be reluctant to ever leave the home of so many colorful characters.

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  • C. C. Curtis
  • 21-07-19

Tom Bodett, like an old friend.

I first heard this on a cassette tape I bought at a truck stop in 1990. All I knew of him before playing it is that he’s leaving the light on for ya!

I love his stories, his voice and delivery, and even the piano accompaniment. Listening to this is like a trip down memory lane with a life long friend; familiar, friendly, relaxed. It’s comfortable and engaging.
I’m so happy that this and his other books are available here at Audible!
Now, to settle in with my own memories of Alaska, and an old acquaintance who shares them with me!

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  • Paul Freund
  • 19-11-18

In The Beginning

This is just the beginng of a set of characters who reside at the end of the road.

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  • Bucklipe
  • 08-11-18

Loving Life

A fabulous telling of tales from everyday people. Told by the voice of an everyday story teller.

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  • Constantine P
  • 06-04-18

A great read. Tom Bodett never lets you down .

Love the colorful characters, when Mr. Bodett dies a reading it's more like a movie in your mind.