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B is for Beer: A Children's Book for Grown-ups‒A Grown-up Book for Children

B is for Beer: A Children's Book for Grown-ups‒A Grown-up Book for Children

Written by Tom Robbins

Narrated by Laura Silverman


B is for Beer: A Children's Book for Grown-ups‒A Grown-up Book for Children

Written by Tom Robbins

Narrated by Laura Silverman

ratings:
3/5 (143 ratings)
Length:
2 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Apr 21, 2009
ISBN:
9780061768644
Format:
Audiobook

Description

A Children's Book About Beer?

Yes, believe it or not-but B Is for Beer is also an audiobook for adults, and bear in mind that it's the work of maverick bestselling novelist Tom Robbins, internationally known for his ability to both seriously illuminate and comically entertain.

Once upon a time (right about now) there was a planet (how about this one?) whose inhabitants consumed thirty-six billion gallons of beer each year (it's a fact, you can Google it). Among those affected, each in his or her own way, by all the bubbles, burps, and foam, was a smart, wide-eyed, adventurous kindergartner named Gracie; her distracted mommy; her insensitive dad; her non-conformist uncle; and a magical, butt-kicking intruder from a world within our world.

Populated by the aforementioned characters—and as charming as it may be subversive—B Is for Beer involves listeners, young and old, in a surprising, far-reaching investigation into the limits of reality, the transformative powers of children, and, of course, the ultimate meaning of a tall, cold brewski.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 21, 2009
ISBN:
9780061768644
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (2/5)
    Prior to reading this book I had never read anything written by him. After reading this book, I doubt I will read anything more written by him.

    Funny? No. Amusing? Slightly.

    A little girl who is intrigued by beer, accidentally gets drunk on the 6th birthday & pukes on her Hello Kitty rug.... In a drunker stupor she is visited by the Beer fairy who takes her on a tour of how beer is made, from the Barley fields to the brewery, to a Beer Festival.

    Meh!
  • (2/5)
    While entirely readable, it felt really uneven, dancing around topics without making a distinct decision as to what kind of book it was. I liked the flavor of the writing enough to where I'll check out some of his other work, but this one just wasn't for me.
  • (2/5)
    Cute idea that started off well, but seemed to increasingly flail as it went along.
  • (2/5)
    I have long been a fan of Tom Robbins (I frequently quote Still Life With Woodpecker), and I love beer…. but this little book left me underwhelmed. The story of 6 year-old Gracie’s visit from the beer fairy read like an informational brochure for the brewing industry. Robbins’s wacky and wonderful descriptions shone through a few times, but not nearly often enough to satisfy me. The only Robbins book I have not wanted to read again. Sorry Tom… we’ll always have Mu.
  • (2/5)
    Synopsis/blurb.......Have you ever wondered why your daddy likes beer so much? Have you wondered, before you fall asleep at night, why he sometimes acts kind of "funny" after he's been drinking beer? Maybe you've even wondered where beer comes from, because you're pretty sure it isn't from a cow. Well, Gracie Perkel wondered those same things.So begins bestselling author Tom Robbins' first fiction in five years (and perhaps his most audacious ever), B Is for Beer explores various aspects of beer culture - ancient, modern, and otherworldly; brutal, infantile and divine - and dramatizes the surprising things that happen when the life of a feisty nursery school kid named Gracie Perkel intersects with each.Billed by Robbins as 'the first children's book about beer,' this inspired work taps into the barrel of life's existential mysteries and is, of course, truly meant to sit proudly with his other novels in the grown-up literature section.Review'One of the wildest and most entertaining writers in the world' --Financial Times'Tom Robbins has a grasp on things that dazzles the brain' --Thomas Pynchon 'Impossibly imaginative' --Vanity Fair'One of the bravest writers in America.' --Chicago Tribune'whimsical, absurdist' --Billy Heller, New York Post About the AuthorTom Robbins has been called "a vital natural resource" by The Portland Oregonian, "one of the wildest and most entertaining novelists in the world" by the FT, and "the most dangerous writer in the world today" by Fernanda Pivano of Italy's Corriere della Sera. A Southerner by birth, Robbins has lived in and around Seattle since 1962. His novels include Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates, Jitterbug Perfume, Still Life With Woodpecker, Skinny Legs And All and Half Asleep In Frog Pyjamas and Beer. I like to step outside the crime fiction genre fairly frequently, just to keep my reading fresh. Tom Robbins is an author I’ve never read before, though I do have a couple of his books laying around somewhere, acquired in the belief that from what I’ve read about him they may well be quirky enough to tickle my fancy.Well whilst struggling through Amis’s Lionel Asbo, I picked up this book in the hope of a short, light, entertaining diversion.Short – tickLight – tickEntertaining - crossI just didn’t understand the whole raison d’être for the book, styled as a “Grown-up book for Children” and a “Children’s book for Grown-ups.” Stunned that this ever got into print as it was in my opinion a massive indulgence on the author’s behalf.We have a young girl, Gracie living with her parents and feeling the effects of their failing marriage. Her only confidant is her uncle, who lets her down and moves away with his latest girlfriend. Gracie has a slight obsession with beer, somewhat bizarrely. She gets in trouble at Sunday school when she mentions it. She has a drink, gets drunk, gets sick and is visited by the beer fairy...........do I need to go on? I’d rather have a drink.On the basis that it was short and light, we’ll go 2 from 5I’m not ripping up trees to get to my copy of Villa Incognito or Still Life With Woodpecker.Acquired second- hand from a charity shop in the charming city of St Albans, so at least someone should benefit from my purchase.
  • (4/5)
    Great little humerous look at the amber liquid we have all come to love and hate...