The Grand Tour by Rich Kienzle audiobook

The Grand Tour

By Rich Kienzle  and Adam O’Fallon Price
Read by John Pruden  and R. C. Bray

Blackstone Publishing 9780385540957
10.85 Hours Unabridged
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A bitingly funny, smart, and moving road novel about two hapless lost souls—an alcoholic Vietnam veteran turned bestselling author, and his awkward, shy college-student superfan—who form an unlikely connection on the world’s most disastrous book tour. Richard Lazar is advancing in years but regressing in life. After a career as a literary novelist that has ground to a halt and landed him in a trailer in Phoenix, Richard is surprised to find sudden success publishing a gritty memoir about his service in Vietnam. Sent on a book tour by his publishing house, Richard encounters his biggest (and really only) fan: an awkward, despondent student named Vance with issues of his own—an absentee father, a depressive mother, his own acute shyness. Soon Vance has volunteered to chauffeur Richard for the rest of the book tour, and the two embark on a disastrous but often hilarious cross-country trip. When things go wrong, Richard and Vance forge an unlikely bond between two misanthropes whose mutual insecurities and disdain for the world force both to look at each other, and their lives, in a more meaningful way. As they reach the end of the book tour, The Grand Tour ultimately becomes a moving tale of unlikely friendship that should catapult Adam O’Fallon Price into the company of such masters of all-American dyspepsia as Sam Lipsyte, David Gates, and Walter Kirn.

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Summary

Summary

A bitingly funny, smart, and moving road novel about two hapless lost souls—an alcoholic Vietnam veteran turned bestselling author, and his awkward, shy college-student superfan—who form an unlikely connection on the world’s most disastrous book tour.

Richard Lazar is advancing in years but regressing in life. After a career as a literary novelist that has ground to a halt and landed him in a trailer in Phoenix, Richard is surprised to find sudden success publishing a gritty memoir about his service in Vietnam. Sent on a book tour by his publishing house, Richard encounters his biggest (and really only) fan: an awkward, despondent student named Vance with issues of his own—an absentee father, a depressive mother, his own acute shyness. Soon Vance has volunteered to chauffeur Richard for the rest of the book tour, and the two embark on a disastrous but often hilarious cross-country trip. When things go wrong, Richard and Vance forge an unlikely bond between two misanthropes whose mutual insecurities and disdain for the world force both to look at each other, and their lives, in a more meaningful way.

As they reach the end of the book tour, The Grand Tour ultimately becomes a moving tale of unlikely friendship that should catapult Adam O’Fallon Price into the company of such masters of all-American dyspepsia as Sam Lipsyte, David Gates, and Walter Kirn.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In Price’s excellent debut novel, he nails Richard’s unpleasant character perfectly, a weak and flawed man who disappoints everyone around him, especially himself…A surprise ending caps off the story.” Publishers Weekly
“This debut novel is, like many of its kind, a road book…Readers will be glad they tagged along.” Booklist
“Price offers up an acridly witty portrait of the artist in decline. We meet his protagonist, writer Richard Lazar, as he’s shaken awake from an Ambien-and-vodka-induced coma aboard an airplane…From here, the novel becomes a road comedy of sorts, interspersed with excerpts from Lazar’s novel, the core of which turns out to be as counterfeit as its creator. Price is a finely trained writer, and the novel recalls the late John O’Brien’s Leaving Las Vegas in many respects.” Kirkus Reviews
“Adam O’Fallon Price has a beautiful eye for detail, a deep grasp on people, and an enviable sense for where things go most entertainingly wrong. I haven’t read a novel that’s this funny and this sad in a very long time.” Tom Bissell, author of Apostle
“As shrewd as it is hilarious, The Grand Tour offers the reader something to wince and laugh at in nearly every sculpted sentence. This is a triumphant debut, rich in pointed, poignant truths about books, America, and men.” Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
“A beautifully written, darkly funny, and ultimately very moving novel about a road trip undertaken by two misfits, who end up much the better for their unlikely friendship in unexpected ways. Adam O’Fallon–Price deftly evokes the tender underbelly of cynicism, the despair and fear in misanthropy, and the fall into failure that lurks under success. A darker, tenderer, more twisted version of Wonder Boys.” Kate Christensen, author of How to Cook a Moose

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 11/21/2017
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Unique glimpse of an author's life

It’s not common place to read a story about an author’s book tour. Coupled with his adventure is his driver, a young man from a very small town who hooks up with the alcoholic Richard Lazar for the book, The Grand Tour. Lazar in his 60s peddling a very successful memoir of his Vietnam days; the driver, Vance, a young ambitious writer thrilled with the opportunity to be Lazar’s chauffeur for the first few stops, finds that they are a complimentary team, allowing Richard the opportunity to stay drunk most of the time. In the process, Vance is catapulted into adulthood in ways he didn’t imagine. Ultimately, they discover a psychological bond that assisted both in their growing up process. R. C. Bray’s reading is spot on.

Author

Author Bio: Rich Kienzle

Author Bio: Rich Kienzle

Rich Kienzle is the author of Southwest Shuffle: Pioneers of Honky-Tonk, Western Swing, and Country Jazz and Great Guitarists: The Most Influential Players in Blues, Country Music, Jazz, and Rock. A contributing editor and columnist at Country Music magazine for nearly twenty-five years, he also edited their history publication The Journal. He was formerly a contributing editor at No Depression and Guitar World and is now a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar Magazine. His work has appeared in Fretboard Journal, Guitar Player, Request, The Journal of Country Music, and the Austin American-Statesman. The author of liner notes for almost four hundred reissue albums, Kienzle is among the few country journalists profiled in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He received the International Country Music Conference’s Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism in 2012.

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Author Bio: Adam O’Fallon Price

Author Bio: Adam O’Fallon Price

Adam O’Fallon Price was born in California but grew up in the Netherlands and Saudi Arabia before attending high school in Tennessee. He first found success as a screenwriter and author of short stories, having published a story in the Paris Review that made it to the Other Distinguished Stories list in the Best American Short Stories 2014 anthology. He spent time teaching English and creative writing at Cornell University before moving to Iowa City, Iowa.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 10.85
Audience: Adult
Language: English