Summary

Martin Dean spent his entire life analyzing absolutely everything - from the benefits of suicide to the virtues of strip clubs - and passing on his self-taught knowledge to his son, Jasper. But now that his father's dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the man who raised him in intellectual captivity, and the irony is this: theirs was a great adventure. From his prison cell, Jasper Dean tells the unlikely story of his scheming father Martin, his crazy Uncle Terry and how the three of them upset - mostly unintentionally - an entire continent. Incorporating death, parenting (good and bad kinds), one labyrinth, first love, a handbook for criminals, a scheme to make everyone rich and an explosive suggestion box, Steve Toltz's A Fraction of the Whole is a hilarious, heartbreaking story of families and how to survive them.
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©2008 Steve Holtz (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By sarahmoose2000 on 02-08-09

Fathers and Sons

This story is so well narrated by the leads; you really believe in their characters and find it hard to listen at times, to the traumas they go through. Both appear to be emotionally fragile souls, the father coping with forever being in his brother's shadow, and the son coping with his father's mental eccentricities. You never quite know what is going to happen, but there is a certain air of trepidation, every time the father comes up with a new rant.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Astrid on 20-03-11

Unforgettable!

I absolutely loved everything about this book. Superb narration ? I found the two narrators didn?t just read the story; they really became the characters, and were utterly convincing. The book had me gripped, had me laughing out loud, and I stayed up until 3am last night to finish it! I?m missing it already!

My favourite listen so far this year!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Rochelle on 30-04-13

Australian accents!

Definitely a "ripping yarn". It doesn't disappoint...if you can get past the broad Australian accents of the two narrators.

The accent of the first narrator was off putting but I became used to it - and then the second narrator was introduced & it was like nails down a blackboard. I understand it's important, after all the story is Australian, but I have to admit that made me struggle.

Beyond the accents however the story is unexpected, unpredictable & deeply strange (but only in a good way). I admit I've never read a story quite like it, yet it is as compellingly Australian as Ned Kelly.

Listen to the sample & if you can live with the narrator's accent then give it a try, the story is "fanastical".

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