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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 23 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 24, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074F3CWXZ
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Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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His writing style is terribly disjointed. This book is cobbled together from a few experiences. It doesn't have enough of what you want and would expect from the title--stories about vacations in the Northeast, mostly Maine. Hodgman does writes wonderfully about a beautiful cemetary in Brooklyn he used to take his daughter to. His descriptive powers are so intriguing I looked it up. You can find it on YouTube. It is a fabulous cemetary. But what on earth has it got to do with Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire vacations? This author's erratic, semi-foray into the vagaries of his mid-life crisis drove me nuts.
He does write about a place that sells fudge on the way to his Maine house called Perry's Nut House. He writes a good piece about a type of Maine rowboat which he and his wife bought called a peapod.
I did NOT investigate the mysterious author who lives in his town, although he seemed to really want me to. In fact, when he wrote about this author I eventually got annoyed with the way he went on and on and on.
Did I miss something here? Is this book some kind of in joke? Do you have to have heard of Hodgman to appreciate his self-deprecating wit? I like that sort of humor, but I expect more feeling from a polished author.
Frighteningly, the funniest thing about Vacationland is John Stewart's quote about fonts which is intended to make you want to buy the book. Yeah, it's the reason I bought the book.
If you want to be sporadically exceptionally amused, kind of, get this book. If the idea of that drives you crazy, steer clear.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Mr. Hodgman follows a time line speaking about 2 vacation properties he owns - one in Western Massachusetts that was a childhood family home and another in Maine, a more recent acquisition. He then shares humorous stories all relating to the houses - stories of his family friends and neighbors.
While mostly humorous, Mr. Hodgman shares a lot about himself: His hits and misses as a father, his losing his mother in his twenties and how it has shaped his life, his self examining of his privilege as a "straight, white, male". The end result is a humorous memoir of someone that has had some good fortune in his life and some funny and "relatable" stories to tell.