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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks, Inc.; Unabridged edition (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433251809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433251801
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,471,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What does one do when one's whole family dies, one by one, through a series of tragic circumstances? Faced with such a burden, Mark Oliver Everett is surprisingly resilient--although not without remorse. As the leader of the alternative-rock band the Eels, Everett has already built a reputation for wry wit and lyrical candor, and this book epitomizes the X-Generation attitude towards mortality with its deadpan humor and world-weary cynicism. Everett pulls the ultimate postmodern trick when he recruits fellow Eel The Chet to do the narration. Essentially "playing" his band mate, Chet has a snide tone, as impassive as that of a DJ on a college radio station. It's the perfect vehicle to assert Everett's identity as a cynical post-Boomer. J.S.H. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Wraigh on May 5, 2010
Of course you can get this as a book and I fully support that, however if you have the book, are a eels fan or are just plain breathing, you should hear this. For thoses not in the know the narrator for this audio edition is the one, the only, The Chet. A fellow band member in Mark's group the Eels, and since most of you have never meet either, you should know that Chet reads the book in his best E [Mark oliver Everett] voice impersonation and it's pretty good, but maybe you would've had to talk w/ the man to fully get the little idiosyncratic lilt of Chet's reading, but he does a damn fine job. The book or in this case the reading has to do w/ Mark's life from birth to the present. It's funny, touching, revealing, and utterly human. Anyone would enjoy and get something out of it. The title I think reveals why the book is what it is, but it's a wonderful portrait of an artists life. Everyone I know who I've had read the book or listen to the reading love it & have even become fans of the man's music. What else can I say. Listen or read and, learn, appreciate, enjoy.
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