Albert of Adelaide by Howard L. Anderson audiobook

Albert of Adelaide: A Novel

By Howard L. Anderson
Read by David Franklin

Twelve 9781455509621
6.33 Hours 1
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At once an old-fashioned-buddy-novel-shoot-'em-up and a work of deliciously imagined fantasy, Howard L. Anderson's dazzling debut presents the haunting story of a world where something has gone horribly awry . . . Having escaped from Australia's Adelaide Zoo, an orphaned platypus named Albert embarks on a journey through the outback in search of "Old Australia," a rumored land of liberty, promise, and peace. What he will find there, however, away from the safe confinement of his enclosure for the first time since his earliest memories, proves to be a good deal more than he anticipated. Alone in the outback, with an empty soft drink bottle as his sole possession, Albert stumbles upon pyromaniacal wombat Jack, and together they spend a night drinking and gambling in Ponsby Station, a rough-and-tumble mining town. Accused of burning down the local mercantile, the duo flees into menacing dingo territory and quickly go their separate ways-Albert to pursue his destiny in the wastelands, Jack to reconcile his past. Encountering a motley assortment of characters along the way-a pair of invariably drunk bandicoots, a militia of kangaroos, hordes of the mercurial dingoes, and a former prize-fighting Tasmanian devil-our unlikely hero will discover a strength and skill for survival he never suspected he possessed. Told with equal parts wit and compassion, Albert of Adelaide shows how it is often the unexpected route, and the most improbable companions, that lead us on the path to who we really are. Who you journey with, after all, is far more important than wherever it is you are going.

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Summary

Summary

Selected for the July 2012 Indie Next List

At once an old-fashioned-buddy-novel-shoot-'em-up and a work of deliciously imagined fantasy, Howard L. Anderson's dazzling debut presents the haunting story of a world where something has gone horribly awry . . . Having escaped from Australia's Adelaide Zoo, an orphaned platypus named Albert embarks on a journey through the outback in search of "Old Australia," a rumored land of liberty, promise, and peace. What he will find there, however, away from the safe confinement of his enclosure for the first time since his earliest memories, proves to be a good deal more than he anticipated. Alone in the outback, with an empty soft drink bottle as his sole possession, Albert stumbles upon pyromaniacal wombat Jack, and together they spend a night drinking and gambling in Ponsby Station, a rough-and-tumble mining town. Accused of burning down the local mercantile, the duo flees into menacing dingo territory and quickly go their separate ways-Albert to pursue his destiny in the wastelands, Jack to reconcile his past. Encountering a motley assortment of characters along the way-a pair of invariably drunk bandicoots, a militia of kangaroos, hordes of the mercurial dingoes, and a former prize-fighting Tasmanian devil-our unlikely hero will discover a strength and skill for survival he never suspected he possessed. Told with equal parts wit and compassion, Albert of Adelaide shows how it is often the unexpected route, and the most improbable companions, that lead us on the path to who we really are. Who you journey with, after all, is far more important than wherever it is you are going.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If Larry McMurtry had written Wind in the Willows, he might have come up with something almost as wonderful and moving as Howard Anderson’s Albert of Adelaide. This is a novel that defies analysis and summaries.” Mary Doria Russell, New York Times bestselling author of The Sparrow and Doc
“A rivetingly odd novel…You will not soon forget the platypus with a bush hat, his backpack filled with cans of sardines and a water bottle, shuffling through sand and saltbush toward the mountains.” San Francisco Chronicle
“An absorbing tale of adventure…The novel is like an old Western but with native Australian animals. The dingoes are the Indians, beer is the drink of choice, and shoot-outs with a kangaroo are just around the corner.” Courier Mail (Brisbane)
“An uproarious introduction to the menagerie of characters living just outside our enclosures.” Barnes & Noble, editorial review
“Anderson’s tale is…quick to satisfy with old-fashioned pleasures: action, adventure, fast friends, and unlikely heroes.” Publishers Weekly
“Astonishing…a combination of Animal Farm and a moving coming-of-age fable…Narrator David Franklyn inhabits Albert as he seeks his utopia, evolving in the process…Each wonderful critter—wombat, bandicoot, kangaroo, and more—is aptly depicted by Frankly, further enlivening Albert’s journey…The audio format is perfect for this gem!” AudioFile
“Rich in commentary on weighty themes…Albert is a charming and compelling hero…Readers who enjoy contemporary fiction with shades of social/political commentary will appreciate this.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Howard L. Anderson

Author Bio: Howard L. Anderson

Howard Anderson has had a varied life. He flew with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam; worked on fishing boats in Alaska, in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, as a truck driver in Houston, and a scriptwriter in Hollywood; and, after gaining a law degree, became legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission. He is currently a defense attorney in New Mexico, where he defends Mexican nationals charged with crimes north of the border.

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Author Bio: Howard Anderson

Author Bio: Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson has flown with a helicopter battalion in Vietnam and worked on fishing boats in Alaska, in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, as a truck driver in Houston, and as a scriptwriter in Hollywood. Then, after earning a law degree, he became legal counsel for the New Mexico Organized Crime Commission. He is currently a defense attorney in New Mexico, where he defends people from Mexico charged with crimes north of the border.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.33
Audience: Adult
Language: English