How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lelegee on 10-08-18


I admit that I got this book because it was a deal. I didn’t expect that I would like it so much. It had me captivated early on and I listened to it late into the night. I found the characters charming and lovable and at times so frustrating that I wanted to ring their necks. The characters were well developed. An excellent book. I highly recommend it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 20-04-18

great book!

this is my 3rd book by Garth Stein. loved it. Narrator was great too! recommend.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dani on 28-10-16

Garth Stein is a great story teller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - I love Garth Stein's writing style. He's such an engaging story teller. This story is frustrating and enthralling at the same time.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend Garth Stein's other books!

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5 out of 5 stars
By L. Brailsford on 16-02-16

really enjoyed listening to this story.

heart felt and engaging. Oliver Wyman really drew me in with his interpretation and dramatic reading.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Mimi B. on 31-12-12

Pretty bad...considering the author's other work

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing, the story was so bad that the narrator didn't stand a chance.

What was most disappointing about Garth Stein’s story?

By the middle of the book, all of the characters were quite pathetic and not very like-able, including Evan. By the end, there was no one you were siding with or even rooting for. I just wanted it to end, And don't get me wrong, I love a good pathetic character (Christopher Moore books at full of them), but you have to make them like-able and want them to triumph. Garth Stein spent most of his energy describing (over-describing) the Seattle music scene, which seemed to be more interesting to him than his characters. Same with the over-indulgence of epilepsy descriptions.
Just to note, if Evan's epilepsy is such a big secret, then how does everyone not notice his medical ID bracelet. Trust me, I had to wear one, everyone can see it and know it's not jewelry. This is just one example (of many) that makes the story so thin that only extremely good characters could overcome the weakness. And that just didn't happen here.

What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

even, clear and articulate

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really...

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4 out of 5 stars
By lucky clover on 11-12-12


Garth Stein is always Real and doesn't hold back. He keeps my interest and paints a picture of modern real life.

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