Carrying Albert Home

The Somewhat True Story of a Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: DD20769
Released: Oct 13, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504645126
Narrator/s: Adam Verner
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Big Fish meets The Notebook in this emotionally evocative story about a man, a woman, and an alligator that is a moving tribute to love, from the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning memoir Rocket Boys-the basis of the movie October Sky. Elsie Lavender and Homer Hickam (the father of the author) were high school classmates in the West Virginia coalfields, graduating just as the Great Depression began. When Homer asked for her hand, Elsie instead headed to Orlando where she sparked with a dancing actor named Buddy Ebsen (yes, that Buddy Ebsen). But when Buddy headed for New York, Elsie's dreams of a life with him were crushed and eventually she found herself back in the coalfields, married to Homer. Unfulfilled as a miner's wife, Elsie was reminded of her carefree days with Buddy every day because of his unusual wedding gift: an alligator named Albert she raised in the only bathroom in the house. When Albert scared Homer by grabbing his pants, he gave Elsie an ultimatum: "Me or that alligator!" After giving it some thought, Elsie concluded there was only one thing to do: Carry Albert home. Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1,000-mile adventure. Told with the warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys a beloved bestseller, Homer Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.

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Author(s): Homer Hickam

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eAudio
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Author(s): Homer Hickam
Narrator(s): Adam Verner
Product Number Z100092566
Released: Oct 13, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062421173
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Author(s): Homer Hickam
Product Number EB00592729
Released: Oct 13, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062325914

Professional reviews

"Narrator Adam Verner's natural voice is perfect for an unusual tale about a woman who loves her pet alligator and the man who loves her. After a pants-stealing incident, Homer Hickam, the author's father, issues an ultimatum to Elsie that she choose him or Albert, the alligator given to her as a wedding gift by her ex-boyfriend, Buddy Epsen. Elsie chooses Homer with the caveat that they return Albert to Buddy, who lives a thousand miles away. It's a sweet story of a young marriage rooted in convention and convenience as the Great Depression is just beginning. As such, it's also impacted by the sting of sexism and inequality that was prevalent in the time period. Verner lends the story a down-home charm and a confident cadence. A.L.C. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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