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5IVE SPEED - A NOVEL [Kindle Edition]

Charley Warady
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It isn't until Donald Roth meets his son's future in-laws that he realizes he is tired of a three-speed life. Time to move up.

When Donald was a kid in the late 60's on the South Side of Chicago, he had a Schwinn Sting Ray bike. Everyone did. But everyone else had a five-speed. Donald's was a three-speed. It was good enough, as was explained by his parents, just as their Ford Maverick wasn't the neighbor's Le Mans, but it was good enough. And that's the way Donald was taught to live his life. It was a three-speed life. It was good enough.

He marries Emily because she's good enough. Emily marries Donald because that's what she had planned, and she is not going to experience divorce as did her parents. Donald opens a law practice with his two best friends and roommates from college because it's good enough.

Then the Roths meet their son's future in-laws and everything changes.

Donald wonders if, in fact, he could get that five-speed.

In this hilarious and thought-provoking novel, the whole concept of morals and convention is turned inside out. Everything is perception. If you like Richard Russo, Tom Perotta, and Jonathan Franzen, you're going to love this book.


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  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456559273
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHZ2CQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful character development September 25, 2011
By FMS
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the most entertaining books I have read in a long while. Its magic laid for me in the depth of the characters, and their emotional journeys through interactions and relationships. Essentially this is a book about the coming of age of somewhat surprisingly several - adults. These interesting characters (pun intended) stayed with me even after finishing the book. I look forward to the sequel to know what else these well-depicted humans face and how they walk through it. The characters could be anyone you or I know in our seemingly mundane, uninteresting lives. This made the book hard to put down because I wanted to know what would happen next. The intricacies of the webs that we weave in our lives were so well addressed that it makes one wonder what the author has known in his life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite Five Speed read! May 18, 2011
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The author creates a humorous story which keeps the reader wanting more! Great summer reading, highly recommended. Waiting for more from this author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! June 21, 2011
By cd lyss
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Great book!!! Great Job Charley Warady!! 5ive Speed had me laughing out loud from the beginning to the end. Definitely worth a read!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5five Speed May 15, 2011
By sabsmom
Format:Paperback
Charley has captured the essence of living in Chicago in the 1960's on the south side. He has brillantly mixed romance, a little suspense, some mystery, etc. into a fun book to read. The story kept me guessing throughout the book. I truly enjoyed the book. It is a great summer read by the pool or at the beach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Entertaining June 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
While the overall plot may be not be totally unpredictable, it's actually the more subtle plot twists accompanied by the witty humor that make the story work. All in all, an enjoyable read with some food for thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife did not enjoy me laughing so much. October 5, 2012
By Brian
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished last night. From the opening scene to the close this is a tremendously funny, thought provoking book. And if you've ever been married or are married now, are you one of the four main characters? I know which one I am and I'm not telling.

I laughed so much at the closing few scenes I almost got hit by my wife.

Kol Ha Kavod Charley, but one thing, where did you steal the name of Donald's dishonest client from? I just can't figure out why his name sounds so familiar!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny, So Great! August 15, 2011
By Dregs
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What a great book. Yes OK its at heart a romantic comedy, but there's nothing cheesy about it. It is also quite funny! It caught my eye because I have a 5 speed schwinn as a kid, but that's not what made me keep reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining. A great summer read. Adult parents who finally find love......really cute
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Had trouble keep my attention. Kept falling asleep or day dreaming. Just not what I enjoy in a book. Sorry but that's my thoughts on it.
Published 10 months ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book.
I rarely read fiction but I loved this book. It's a fun read with some twists I didn't see coming. Highly recommend.
Published 10 months ago by B. Lovitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing, hilarious characters!
I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were so darn quirky that it made me happy. It's the kind of quirky that only happens with people you know and love.
Published 15 months ago by Marianne
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be a great romantic comedy movie!
I don't typically find adultery funny, but in this case there was a twist that made it alright in the end. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amy_G
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny and thoughtful
This book is definitely worth the read. There's a lot of humor in it, a great development of characters, and it all seems to come from a caring point of view. Read more
Published 19 months ago by levzahav8
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
Recently, a good friend lost her husband to another woman, so I didn't find the subject matter appealing. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Rousing Cheers
5IVE SPEED is the kind of literary novel that gives literary novels a good name. The characters are weird in the way real people are weird, sad and funny and frightening and... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Marian Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly, enjoyable romantic comedy
This book is a comedy or love and impossible coincidence. It could use some editing, but overall it is a pleasant rom com, hard to put down and sure to leave a smile on your face.
Published 22 months ago by A guy from Philly
4.0 out of 5 stars i did not unlike emily
I did not unlike Emily because she is not a bad person away from Donald and that is why I liked this book. There was no wholly good or definitely bad character. Read more
Published 23 months ago by steiny
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for all of us!
Lets face it, very few of us feel that we deserve a top-of-the-range-model five-speed Schwinn Sting Ray life, but just sometimes a few of us get the chance to toss out our... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Aliyah Levestam
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More About the Author

Charley Warady was a stand-up comedian, headlining colleges and clubs across the United States before moving to Israel in 1996 because it was something he had never done before. He continues to do stand-up comedy, as well as writing, blogging, and podcasting. As part of his stand-up comedy while living in Israel, he has toured the world as co-founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour. Writing remains his primary passion; joy and incredible abundance his main goal.

The Donald Roth series by Charley Warady has become hugely successful and reviews have been outstanding. Negotiations are in the works for making the first book of the series, 5IVE SPEED into a major motion picture. More to come on that.

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