We all have that one older funny family member. You know the one, he tells stories from his experiences and usually has people rolling their eyes. William Stokes is that person! He presents a delightful collection of memories that are truly life lessons even today! Stokes, through his memories and wit, provides opportunities to learn through laughter, sharing of memories and love.
Many will shake their heads in remembrance of similar experiences and crack a smile if not a full on belly laugh!
From chapters on "The Hammer is in the Petunias" to "Merry Christmas" one cannot help but feel warm and comforted in those memories he shares that are full of life lessons. His writing style is comfortable, breezing along with ease and sucking the listener along on the ride. Jump aboard and experience those eye rolling, belly laughing moments; it will be a wild ride!
This was originally self-published in 1968 and has been re-published in all modern formats as a birthday present from a grandson to his grandfather.
"This is a priceless collection of memories that we all share in one form or another - I can guarantee that at least half of you have avoided washing your hands as a small child, someone you know has eaten paste or drank ink, not made your bed or attempted to organize your tools! Each of you have met with similar disastrous results from childhood into elderlyhood! Enjoy Stokes' collection of remembrances and get ready to belly-laugh your afternoon away!" (Charla White, WordsAPlenty.com)
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Great stories and great laughs
What a great book and so much great talent in the narration. Most of the voices are very familiar to me, having listened to them in previous books. Did you ever sit around listening to your grandfather tell stories as a kid and later in life wished you could remember them all or wished someone would have wrote them down? This is exactly that! This is a great collection of short stories by Bill Stokes that are certainly funny and all very relatable! Each of the narrators do an excellent job bringing this book to life! I really enjoyed it!
- Todd (Toad) Vogel
A fun set of humorous essays
I found this to be a delightful set of humorous essays about family life in the spirit of Andy Rooney or Erma Bombeck.
Having a variety of narrators kept the essays fresh and entertaining as I listened to the book. All of the narrators were pleasant to listen to and each had a performance that brought interesting and different nuances to the essays.
For the most part, "Ship the Kids on Ahead" took me back to my childhood. I'm about the age of the kids in the story and I was often reminded of my parents and grandparents and what life was like in the late 1960s and early 1970s. I laughed out loud at several parts. The title essay hit especially close to home after having completed a long-distance trip where there were moments when shipping the kids ahead would have been sorely tempting.
The essays were fun, but at times they feel a little dated, hearkening back to a time when dad went out to work and mom stayed home to do laundry and make meals. At first having a variety of narrators for essays written by a single author was confusing, but I warmed up to the approach when I realized each narrator brought something unique to their performance.
- David Lee Summers