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A word of warning to the uninitiated -- this is NOT an unabridged reading of The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything. The novel begins in epistolary fashion, with a letter written by one Sam Giotti, to his superior, a man named Fred. It is completely omitted from the Audible version. The letter runs a full four pages in my paperback edition,and lays much of the groundwork for what comes ahead, especially in alerting the reader to how the book will end. It's absence in inexplicable.
Otherwise, this is a fine reading, done in a nice, somewhat laconic fashion, by Stephen Hoye, with one major exception: his take on Bonny Lee Beaumont. A "hillbilly" from the South, Bonny Lee speaks with a strong accent, and it reads wonderfully on the printed page but comes across as stilted and mannered when acted by Hoye. He seems to be using a standard "southern" accent for Bonny, and in never really works. I live in the South and I don't know anyone who sounds like this.
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This is one of the two works of Science Fiction written by the author in his long prolific career. It also contains elements of Romance and Fantasy genres. Toby Kwimper awakens to the loss of his Uncle Omar and the knowledge that his inheritance consists of a warehouse full of junk and an Uncle Omar's stopwatch. As he stumbles through the next few days trying to figure out life until he meets the 'Hillbilly Girl' Bonnie Sue Beaumont. Bonnie Sue who has lived the opposite lifestyle from the protected, directed Toby. A teenage runaway she's had to make her own since she was a young teen and isn't about to be bamboozled by this city slicker Yankee. Thus their adventure began.
This book isn't just about a magic watch; it's about finding friends and people you can depend on in tough times. More than fifty years later there is still a message of value in this book.
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