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Vacationland

True Stories from Painful Beaches
Lu par : John Hodgman
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John Hodgman - New York Times best-selling author, semifamous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of Earth - has written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home in Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called Vacationland, home to the most painful beaches on Earth.

Vacationland is also about Hodgman's wandering in the metaphoric wilderness of his 40s, those years when dudes especially must painfully stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weirder dads that they are.

Other subjects covered include the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison, and advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.

After three best-selling books of fake facts, Hodgman is finally ready to tell the truth - in the same outlandish, audacious, and inimitable style that has won him fans in every medium he has worked: books, stage, social media, television, and movies.

©2017 John Hodgman (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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"t's no surprise that an audiobook by humorist John Hodgman is funny. More surprising, though, are the emotional depths Hodgman reaches in this assortment of essays.... He brings the expected dose of sardonic humor to his narration but is also a gifted storyteller. With expert timing and pacing, he explores the foibles and malaise of middle age... This John Hodgman is more bittersweet than his comedic personas but also more compelling for those who appreciate some hard truths within their comedy." (AudioFile)

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  • Tiffany Pearce
  • 02/11/2017

Not your typical coming of age story

If you've ever liked anything fromJohn Hodgman- Vacstionlabd is for you. If you have never heard of John Hodgman-re-evaluate your life. And also Vacationland is for you.

Layered with absurdist humor and sober sincerity, Hodgman captures snapshots of moments between his mid-twenties and early forties to tell his own coming of age story from early to mid adulthood. The book deals with family, and friendship, and the meeting place of who you were and who you have become.

Moments in Hodgman's life and their place in the world are described so beautifully and cleverly that I often found myself simultaneously laughing and weeping while listening on the subway (which-yes-made me look like a crazy person).

Also, both having read some of Vacationland in print and listened to all of it on audio, having it read out loud to me by Hodgman makes something that's already great even better. I would read from my fiancée's hard cover of the book, but even then I would go back and re-listen to the audible (buzz-marketing) version just so that I could listen to Hodgman tell the stories himself.

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  • Bronwyn Soell
  • 30/10/2017

It really grew on me.

Even funnier than I expected, the author has a droll, deadpan delivery that is hilarious to listen to. Seemingly random anecdotes all come together to deliver thoughtful and conclusions that were more meaningful than I expected. It made me want to go to Maine- even if the water there is made of hate.

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  • Lili
  • 03/12/2017

Funny, a bit uneven, a bit TMI

There are some very funny moments in this memoir, and John’s narration is excellent. It is interesting to hear about his childhood as an only, rather indulged kid, who went on to Yale, and became a literary agent, before becoming a writer as well a comedic actor.

The book goes into the time spent in his summer homes in Massachusetts and Maine with his family. The house in Massachusetts left to him by his parents. At times he is genuinely funny, at times he tells stories that will make you cringe a bit as they are deeply personal and not terribly flattering.

I appreciated that he recognized his privilege as a wealthy white male moving through the the world, and he shares his perspective on our world with insight, humor, and the ever present self deprecation. If you like John Hodgman, I think you will like his book.

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  • M. Spencer
  • 29/10/2017

Funny, happy, sad, melancholic

John Hodgeman has a self awareness that grants him a rare sense of humor. This part-memoir part-reflection gives the reader a glimpse into the forces that have shaped his life. If you are a fan of John in any way, you will likely enjoy this book thoroughly.

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  • Bgrl82
  • 19/12/2017

confession

I'll confess, I didn't know who John Hodgman was before seeing him talk about this book briefly on TDS with Trevor Noah. I thought he was hilarious so I gave the book a shot and I'm so glad I did. I laughed so much (literally out loud) while driving my car. There's so much truth and wisdom and hilarity. I did a search for the famous author he mentions (turns out is one of my favorites) and now I know random trivia about him lol. I just love this book and will be listening again soon.

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  • Peter R. Stmartin
  • 30/10/2017

Live The Maine Experience

without actually going there.

That is how Maine prefers it anyway.

For a book about Maine, Hodgman delivers. Wonderful, Self-Aware Wit in his humor.

This book makes you feel smarter than you actually are.

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  • Mary Christine Delea
  • 06/04/2018

Thoroughly enjoyable.

Because it is a memoir, having the author read this book made listening even better. I laughed out loud a lot, and there are also very touching moments. I am someone with ties to both Massachusetts and Maine, so I think that deepened my pleasure, as many of the chapters take place in those two states. However, i don’t think ties to New England are necessary to enjoy this book. Hodgman touches on many subjects with humor and honesty. There is much about being a son and a father, an only child and a slightly famous person, an odd teen and a homeowner. Intelligent humor. Family. Fame. Fitting in. Vacations. Privilege. Cairns. Growing up. There is a lot here to love. I highly recommend.

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  • Dylan
  • 06/11/2017

Both poignantly personal but also broadly insightful

I was tempted to take a flyer on this book since I heard Hoffman’s narration of another book (Year Zero by Rob Reid, also hilarious in the vein of Hitchhiker’s Guide). Having grown up in Maine, I was pushed over the edge, to hear how “Vacationland” was described from someone from away. While it takes John a while to get to Maine in the story, retracing his life from his teen years, the journey was well worth it. His story is often hilarious, at times mildly neurotic, frequently touching, with meaningful, really insightful perspectives on today’s society, and the nature of privilege within it.

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  • A.Jakubisin
  • 02/11/2017

Beautiful and funny

John Hodgman is one of the best storytellers whom I have ever read. This particular audiobook is both hilarious and touching. I couldn’t have chosen a better listen.

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  • Jarod K. Anderson
  • 25/10/2017

Surprising and Moving Fun

I enjoyed John Hodgman’s Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches on an emotional level. Maybe that’s too obvious a statement, but I say this upfront simply to warn you that I have no pretense of objective evaluation in this review. I was and am moved by this book. It spoke to me in my current context (entering my late 30s worried about family and future) and asked the questions I ask myself. I found the book to be insightful, moving, and funny, but I’m not sure that it is (or wants to be) universally so. Okay, enough lame caveats. I liked the book and you should too. Not sure why I’m worrying about the book review police throwing me in book review jail.
Vacationland is a fast read, but leaves a lasting impression. It gave me one of those magical time-travel evenings in which I sat down to read and suddenly five hours were gone and I stared at the final page thinking, “wait, how did you do that?” Those experiences, at their best, leave me feeling fundamentally changed in some way. It’s also the kind of book that, once finished, prompted me to sit with the big questions and leave my warm house on a cold, damp night for a rambling 1AM drive to think about the nature of human endeavor and impermanence. Am I selling this as a fun book yet? Because it is. It is a fun book. It’s just not fun merely for the sake of fun like many of Hodgman’s earlier works (which I also enjoyed). Vacationland is fun in an honest, real life sort of way that marries silliness with tragedy and pain with absurdity. It is, in my opinion, what grown-up American humor should be at this moment in our history, a moment when earnestness and sincerity seem to be on the ropes at the highest levels of government and public life. This book is not one man’s truth used as a cudgel to beat back any opposition. It is an essay in the original sense of the word, a work of trying, a strenuous attempt to find a truth -personal or universal. It isn’t hard to understand how in the current political/social context, Hodgman isn’t interested in throwing more fake facts onto the pile. You sense him living with the question of, “okay, what now” in these pages, and that’s a question that resonates with most of us.
The last point I want to make is that Vacationland is one of those books that works (in part) because its author is just good company. John Hodgman has a voice and knows how to use it. John is brilliant and observant and self-deprecating and aware of his own nonsense. He can go from truly poetic to ridiculous in the span of a sentence and the tension between those peaks and valleys creates an enjoyable narrative rhythm.
This book made me cry. It made me laugh at surprising moments. It made me want to walk out onto the sharp-edged Maine beaches of my own uncomfortable questions and wade out into the nickel-gray water and find myself stronger and more whole from the experience.

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