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5IVE SPEED - A NOVEL [Kindle Edition]

Charley Warady
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 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
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004JHZ2CQ
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13 of 14 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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9 of 9 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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7 of 8 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Five speed June 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Good read. Liked the quirky turn of events. Easy to read. Characters are real enough to believe
And identify with
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be a great romantic comedy movie! September 8, 2012
By Amy_G
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I don't typically find adultery funny, but in this case there was a twist that made it alright in the end. I did feel a little upset with the two couples in question regarding the feelings of their children in this sticky situation though. My favorite parts were the interaction between Donald and his college buddies turned business partners. Some of their scenes would play out great on the big screen with the right comedic actors. I really felt like I was reading a screenplay more so than a novel. Not the best book I have ever read, but a fun distraction from the everyday seriousness of life.
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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4 of 5 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Jane Amico
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Very interesting and had some laughs, too. Should have been two more chapters. I wanted to know what happened next.
Published 1 month ago by ConcordOH
3.0 out of 5 stars It was worth reading but I've already forgotten so much ...
It was worth reading but I've already forgotten so much of it a mere two weeks later. Neither the characters nor the plot are especially memorable though the situation is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Kristi S. Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars ... clearly 5 stars and other parts that are at best 2 stars
It is hard to review this book because there are parts that are clearly 5 stars and other parts that are at best 2 stars. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L Tanner
4.0 out of 5 stars better than expected
I'm normally a sci-fi reader, but something about this book's write-up caught my interest. And held it. A little dissatisfied with the ending.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I was blown away by this novel
I bought this book thinking it would be an enjoyable read, I really did not think it would be a great read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars I tried to care.
I'm sorry, I stopped reading after two chapters. I just could not get into the characters.
Published 6 months ago by George III
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
I normally don't enjoy books involving infidelity but the characters were so well written and funny that I loved every word. The twists and turns were exciting and believable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read for me
Made me think; made me laugh, a wonderful read for me.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
An entertaining and fresh story. I would have given it a five-star rating if it hadn't had the f-bomb in it. Such an unnecessary and ugly word.
Published 6 months ago by Rondi Osorio
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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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