The Dead Fathers Club Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
So begins Philip's quest to avenge his dad and to save his mom from the greasy clutches of Uncle Alan, who seems intent on taking his dad's place in their lives. But Philip finds himself both uneasy with his mission and distrustful of the ghost that claims to be his father. Plus, he's distracted by Leah Polonius, the gorgeous daughter of Uncle Alan's Bible-thumping business partner. What's a young lad to do?
With more than a nod towards Hamlet, but with a quirky humor all its own, The Dead Father's Club is full of poignant insights into the strange workings of the world as seen through the eyes of a child.
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 37 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 12, 2007|
|Publisher||HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #133,399 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#415 in Ghost Horror Fiction
#1,122 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,519 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
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The author does a fantastic job of getting and keeping you in a troubled eleven year old boy's head, which can't be an easy feat! So that you get a feel for the narrative, here is how the first chapter begins:
The First Time I Saw Dad After He Died
I walked down the hall and pushed the door and went int the smoke and all the voices went quiet like I was a ghost.
Carla the Barmaid was wearing her hoop earrings and her tired eyes. She was pouring a pint and she smile at me and she was going to say something but the beer spilt over the top.
Uncle Alan who is Dads brother was there wearing his suit that was tight with his neck pouring over like the beer over the glass. His big hands still had the black on them from mending cars at the garage. They were over Mums hands and Mums head was low like it was sad and Uncle Alans head kept going down and he lifted Mums head up with his eyes. He kept talking to Mum and he looked at me for a second and he saw me but he didn't say anything. He just looked back at Mum and kept pouring his words that made her forget about Dad.
It's really darkly funny and innocently touching, and at the end I was left with more questions than when I started, and I assume that's the point...
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Was the Dad's ghost real?
Why did no one notice Philip was autistic - especially the doctor?
Was Alan having an affair with Carla?
How did the mum cope? Did she become independent?
Was the teacher's father murdered?
How did he get away with murder and we were meant to be ok with it as the reader?
The ending leaves lots of unanswered questions
It’s written from the perspective of a child, which is an interesting idea, but it doesn’t work. There isn’t proper punctuation for example, and just rubs on like a stream of consciousness, so I found it hard to concentrate and get into it. I had to re-read sentences on a couple of occasions to make sure I understood if someone was talking, or if something was being described.
Sorry, but this one was a miss for me.