The Best of Youth

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.10 hours)
Product Number: Z100101074
Released: Aug 10, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781624063114
Narrator/s: Kirby Heyborne
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What happens when an introverted young writer takes on a ghostwriting gig for a violent, drug-addicted Hollywood star? In the case of Henry Lang, the result is a string of outrageous disasters, but disasters that are ultimately hilarious, gripping, and deeply moving. When twenty-something Henry Lang loses his parents in a sailing accident, he's left entirely alone in the world but also with an inheritance of fifteen million bucks. He decides to head to Brooklyn to immerse himself in the place he's quite sure is the absolute heart of American youth culture to try and make it as a writer and editor at a young upstart literary magazine. He hopes to fall in love too. Unfortunately, Henry soon finds himself navigating increasingly baffling social difficulties with both women and work, eventually leading him to near ruin when he's hired to ghostwrite a young adult novel. Henry's integrity and entire fortune are on the line, and no one is sure if he can rescue either. By turns uproarious and tragic, The Best of Youth is a brilliant comedy of manners, introducing us to a surprising modern-day hero for an age where the mean-spirited and the famous triumph all too often.

Author(s): Michael Dahlie
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1900

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Author(s): Michael Dahlie
Narrator(s): Kirby Heyborne
Product Number DD7599
Released: Jan 28, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781624063091

Professional reviews

"Harvard-educated, reasonably wealthy, nervous around women, and a complete idiot, Henry Lang is almost an updated Wodehouse character, except that his story is not written for laughs. That's a shame because Kirby Heyborne's voice and characterizations seem made for comedy. His light tenor is perfect for Henry, and his portrayals of the other characters are on the edge of lampoon. But beyond Heyborne's voicings, the characters are not very interesting. Henry, in particular, is mostly a victim of circumstance, and his supposed literary talents are described but never shown. The climax, when he finally and suddenly takes action against the famous actor who is ruining his cousin's life, fails to convince. Too bad this isn't a comedy. D.M.H. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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