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Uncommon Type: Some Stories | Tom Hanks
A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. An eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life. These are just some of the tales Tom Hanks tells in this first collection of his short stories. They are surprising, intelligent, heartwarming, and, for the millions and millions of Tom Hanks fans, an absolute must-have!
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NikkiRae
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I share my birthday with the amazing Tom Hanks so I‘m going to start this today. Happy Birthday to us!

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nelehelen
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Mehso-so

3/5
Listened to this on audiobook because who wouldn‘t want to listen to Tom Hanks narrate, am i right? While I enjoyed a few of the stories in here, a good portion of them were just “okay”. For a few of the stories, I found it difficult to pay attention. A bit old-fashioned, which I didn‘t mind. Wished to was more engaging.

#BookFitnessChallenge

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟

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Macnjen
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this audiobook. Tom Hanks narrates, and I just love his inflections. Each short tale involves a typewriter to some degree as a minor character. Definitely listen! There were two stories I didn't love but overall it's really sweet, interesting and worth your time.

IamIamIam Great review! I've passed this over a few times looking for an audio from the library so a good review is helpful! 👌 1mo
Macnjen I‘m glad it was helpful! I‘ve skipped reading reviews and regretted later! 1mo
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Macnjen
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Next up for audiobook!

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MyBookSwapClub
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We are doing #buddyread for Tom Hanks book. I bought the book, because I love him. We are starting on 1st June - do you want to join in? I am hoping few more can join from here :)

Desha I could join, as soon as I find his book in my overwhelming tbr stacks lol! I love the picture you posted...happiness! ❤️📚❤️ 2mo
MyBookSwapClub @Desha counting you in!!! Are you on Instagram? Follow me, from 1st June - we will follow up our reading notes :) welcome to the buddy read :) 2mo
laurenslibrary I'd love to join! 2mo
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Desha Thank you @MyBookSwapClub! I‘ve located my copy of the book lol so I should be fine to join in! Thank you for hosting! ❤️ 2mo
MyBookSwapClub @laurenslibrary hey Lauren - welcome. We are starting this book on 1st June :) 2mo
MyBookSwapClub @Desha pleasure is all mine! Glad, you found the book :) 2mo
laurenslibrary Sounds good! 💜 2mo
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NAM99
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Mehso-so

Generally, I‘m not really a short story fan, I always find myself either wanting more or just not caring about the stories. This was a mixture of the two. Tom Hanks and his love of typewriters is charming as ever but as an audiobook, it was difficult to figure out when one story ended and the next begins.

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aquariusnat
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Pickpick

This is a nice collection of stories. But it's also slightly boring. I think it would work better if you get the audiobook. It's actually read by Hanks . He's always fun to watch in interviews, so he probably does a good job reading his book .

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mom2bugnbee
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A slow reading month in February, & a late post because I was out of town in early March.

I had read Uncommon Type, but when I found that Tom Hanks narrated his own book, I had to listen. Anyone who knows me knows I adore Tom Hanks. ♥

⭐⭐⭐⭐ - This is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ - Uncommon Type - Tom Hanks

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greenhairdontcare
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Bailedbailed

Another bail for me! I‘m having no luck with short stories this year. 😕 This is a shame because I‘m a lover of short stories.

Roxanne Gay summed up this story perfectly on a Goodreads review. To quote, the stories are “aggressively bland”. 👎🏻

I‘m bored with this book & I‘ve been AVOIDING IT, which is a sure sign that I need to drop it. Sorry, Tom Hanks!

ProfReader Don‘t feel bad. I bailed on my first book. 4mo
greenhairdontcare @ProfReader I got over it pretty quick! I barely have enough time to read the books I enjoy/love, so I don‘t waste much time on books that I‘m not enjoying. 4mo
ProfReader I‘m with you that!!!!! 4mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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Not to get political in the slightest; but this quote was comforting.

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Stephuhhnieee
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I kept telling myself, “you don‘t need to check out any books. You‘re already reading two and listening to one... and you keep renewing one on kindle that you KNOW you‘re not going to get to...”

But alas, here I am in bed with my library book because I NEED to know what happens between Anna and the unnamed narrator. 😭

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MyBookSwapClub
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For you 🙏🏼

Aloisi_tribe Oh I like that so much better than the blue cover! Thank you for sharing! 5mo
MyBookSwapClub @Aloisi_tribe you are welcome :) 5mo
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LibLib
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Bailedbailed

Oh Tom Hanks, you are such a great actor and director and I adore you, but I just can't finish your book! I'd be willing to give it a shot by reading but audio book is not the way to go. There is absolutely no indication of when going from one chapter to the next and it's hard to follow. Love how you sneak a typewriter into each story but that's it. Also, you trying to sound like a sexy woman is off-putting and kinda creepy. #Itried #dnf #bail

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Karkar
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Forgive me, seems I am a bit behind in my reviews. I listened to this one on audio. I like most of the stories. I do wish there would have been more of a signal when a new story started on the audiobook, as it was hard to tell. It was interesting how he worked in a typewriter into each story.

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Natalia
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
4 stars! I was really pleasantly surprised by Hanks‘ Uncommon Type. His writing is strong and imaginative. I admit, I was also drawn in by the cover. Sadly, the stories aren‘t too in depth and could sometimes have been developed further. Still the characters are endearing and plots are charming!

#uncommontype #tomhanks #novread #fiction #shortstories #theczechedition

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caraltmcbride
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Working on this read right now.
Any one else reading this now? If so, what do you think so far?
I love Tom Hanks, and was quite excited about this book. I had a friend tell me she thought it was "fine" but ultimately stopped reading it. I've been picking up other books in between short stories. Maybe I'll be finished by the end of 2020! Perhaps I'll try audible???
#tomhanks #uncommontype #typewriter #shortstories #lovehate #books #reading #goals

tessavi Welcome! Hope you'll like Litsy as much as I do 😊 6mo
C.Perone It was Ok. Grazing through it between other books is probably the best way to read it. But don't sweat it if you don't finish, you wouldn't be missing much 6mo
SheReadsAndWrites I have heard it is good on audible. I have it I just haven't gotten to it yet...😬 6mo
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Redwritinghood I tried the audiobook, but just didn‘t Ike the stories. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying Litsy so far 📖💙 6mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!!💜❤️💙 6mo
Skithatchelan Tom Hanks will always be Woody the cowboy to me. 5mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Also, I'm currently re-"read"ing this by listening to it on audio.

I'm a huge Tom Hanks fan. Just ask @britt_brooke . ? I read this when it first came out, but just recently learned that he reads the audiobook (why this didn't occur to me earlier, I have no idea), so I just had to borrow it from the library to listen. ☺ #currentread #currentlyreading #audiobook #readingwithmyears #libby

britt_brooke I will forever think of you every time I see him or hear his name. 🤗 Enjoy your reread! I listened to the audio and he does a great job reading the stories. 6mo
GypsyKat I really enjoyed this on one audio. I read it a little over a year ago, so it may be time for a reread. 😊 6mo
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cassiopia
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Being a huge Tom Hanks fan, I love that he read it himself. The only thing I wish he would have done differently was make it more know that the stories were changing. This was a great pick for my first audiobook 😄 I enjoyed all of the stories minus the last one.

Lcsmcat I had the same feeling about the transition (or lack there of) between stories. 6mo
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MissMary
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My first one finished in the new year! Great collection of short stories, loved M-, and the last story as well, a fun read! #NewYearNewReads

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cassiopia
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So I did a thing last night and decided to sign up for Audible. Naturally I chose Tom Hanks book as my first choice of books to listen to. I got some listening in while getting ready for & driving to work this morning.

JoScho That is when I always listen to my books. I used Scribd. 7mo
cassiopia @JoScho what's the difference between Scribd and Audible? 7mo
JoScho @cassiopia scribd you can listen to more than one book a month. It isn‘t unlimited though. They have a limit on the most popular books but I am not sure what the exact number is. They also have ebooks. I have found it is more bang for my buck. 7mo
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cassiopia @joscho oooh that's interesting!! Good thing I signed up for a free trial for Audible. Thank you 💜 7mo
JoScho Try the free scribd trial and compare and see what you think 7mo
Texreader I have really enjoyed my Audible membership. I‘ve been a member for a couple years now 7mo
cassiopia @JoScho @Texreader I will try out both. It's nice to have something to listen to other than music in the morning. Which is saying a lot coming from me lol. 7mo
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Niki_Todaro
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Good book haul at the library‘s “Book Tasting Event” tonight. We got to go through different books in order to “taste” and grade them, took notes on ones we wanted to come back to, and were even allowed to take home free goodies!

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LouBeth
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I'm finishing up The Endless Beach then I'm going to start Bingo Love. Also listening to Uncommon Type in between reading sessions while doing some cleaning.

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Lcsmcat
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I enjoyed these short stories read by the author. They‘re uneven - some much better crafted than others - but overall well done and fun. So it‘s a pick. I have a daughter who loves typewriters, and I understand that the print book has pictures of typewriters in it. But I feel like Hanks‘ reading really adds to the stories. So my delimma, Littens - which version do I get her for Christmas??? Help me out!

Bklover I‘d go for the book. But I always go for the book over the audio. 7mo
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Lcsmcat
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#Audiocrossstitching to these short stories.

Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess Thank you! It‘s number 6 and I‘m hoping to get it framed before the end of Christmas. 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Lcsmcat. I love it. I need to get back to my cross stitching and we need to get together soon! 😀 7mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Wow! 👏👍❤️ 7mo
batsy Pretty 💜 7mo
ravenlee Wow! 7mo
AudreyMorris I did the Father Frost from this series and just brought it out yesterday! 7mo
Lcsmcat @AudreyMorris Father Frost is one of my favorites! That and Père Noël. 7mo
Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess We do! I‘m singing Lessons and Carols at St. Paul‘s on the afternoon of the 16th if you want some great Christmas music. 7mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Lcsmcat Unfortunately I am working on the 16th.😢 7mo
Lcsmcat @Graciouswarriorprincess We‘ll have to find a different excuse to get together then. 7mo
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gradcat
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So grateful for the many ways in which technology has made my life easier, but sometimes I miss the “ancient” stuff, like busy signals, snail mail & typewriters (see the lower right corner in the above picture). Only sometimes, mind...
#Gratitude30
#Technology
Oh, and if anyone is wondering? Not my room!! 😂😂😂
@hermyknee

Trashcanman I wish I had that type writer. That person needs a lighter, a can of hairspray and fire insurance. Problem solved. 8mo
BooksAndYarn I Love typewriters. When I was a kid I had one and used it everyday. My husband gave me one for christmas two years ago but I'm afraid my kids will pick at it too much if I keep it out lol 8mo
gradcat @Trashcanman Mos def needs fire insurance 😂😂😂 8mo
gradcat @lauria56 Yep! They‘re collectors‘ items these days—you have to take care of them!! 8mo
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Bookish_B
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Went to see Tom Hanks in conversation last night to discuss his book. He was absolutely charming and delightful. I love him ❤️ I don't know if I plan to read the book because I've seen mixed reviews 🙈😳But I have it now, just in case...

Tanisha_A Lucky you! I love Tom Hanks! 8mo
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alexandra.anttt
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Mehso-so

Currently I am on about 4th or 5th short story and this book is going with my current needs of short and easy reading. The stories are all over the place and there is no particular theme. There's humor, sadness and complete understanding of every day life. I also like the different typewriters before the start of each story and there was a Russian one so extra points in my book. I'll give this collection a so-so for now until I finish. #shortstory

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Butterflyamore
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Haul from the Savers 99 cent book sale

Some of these books were actually on my wishlist. I feel a sense of accomplishment because of that! A friend had recommended the Tom Hanks book very recently so I was excited about that find.

I have already read Phantom of the Opera but I wanted that cover. And while I have more than one Poe collection, the cover on this one is awesome and the intro is by Neil Gaiman. How could I pass that up?

jpmcwisemorgan This is a great haul. I went to Recycled Reads last night and accidentally acquired some books. 😊 10mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s always justified if it‘s already on your TBR! 10mo
Butterflyamore @jpmcwisemorgan “accidentally” haha! 10mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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We went out before the hurricane hits to grab some supplies and decided to stop at the local thrift stores. I found these two items. My cost $1.00.

Bklover Be safe!! 10mo
MaureenMc Stay safe! (I have that puzzle, too. It‘s hanging in my library. 😊) 10mo
saresmoore That puzzle looks fun! 10mo
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Mimi28 Stay safe!! ❤️❤️ 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Bklover @mimi28. Thank you. @MaureenMc Neat and thank you. @saresmoore I love all things Jane Austen. 👍🏻😃 10mo
kspenmoll Hope you are ok.💕 10mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @kspenmoll yes. Thank you. We have just had a lot or wind and rain but that‘s all. 10mo
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thea-block
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I haven‘t read many short story collections, but I enjoyed this one. The tone of each story is told like a movie, and I would say that each focuses on telling about “an American life,” especially that of the New Yorker. No politics here - just good storytelling.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2, maybe 4 stars because of a few of my favorite stories (Christmas Eve 1953, A Month in Greene Street, The Past Is Important to Us).

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dawn-pInk
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Panpan

Totally unimpressive. I hate that publishers with pay celebrities for work they‘d never accept from anyone else. Hanks could be a good writer. But it all reads like short stories I read from high schoolers. Add that to the running theme of “wasn‘t everything better back in the day”, no character progression even though a lot of the stories feature the same characters and a superfluous typewriter in every short, just skip it.

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LisaJo
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⛺️ 🏄 🚔

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LisaJo
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“... a barn animal in your hotel room.” 🐑

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LisaJo
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Story: Christmas 1953. “Since he had figured out the deal with Santa...”

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Erofan
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Seventeen unrelated stories! Different people, different years! But everywhere there is one and the same subject (guess what)! If you like Tom Hanks and you just want to spend a quiet evening with nice short stories, then #uncommontype is for you!

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LisaJo
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Deckled Edges. I ❤️ deckled edges.

RadicalReader @LisaJo gorgeous artwork within a book besides the delightfully creative content within. Didn‘t realize until just recently that the A Series of Unfortunate Events Books have this style to their pages too 11mo
akckitty Yes I love them too!! 😍 11mo
Caroline2 Me too! 😍 11mo
youneverarrived 😍 11mo
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dawn-pInk
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So far really very good. Nothing mind blowing, but all have been entertaining and charming in their own way. Only four shorts in.

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britt_brooke
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Panpan

This feels like a collection of rejected movie ideas thrown together with typewriter references, and called “some stories.” Would this have been published if the author wasn‘t mega famous?? I don‘t know ... but at least the cover is pretty.

thereadingowlvina Oh no! I've been seeing a lot of not so good reviews about his book. Too bad though as I like him as an actor 😔 11mo
britt_brooke @thereadingowlvina I like him too! I think he‘s great, but maybe should stick to being an amazing actor. 11mo
cherinium I was disappointed in this one, too. 11mo
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britt_brooke @cherinium All the stories felt the same. Nothing unique or creative. I expected more, I guess. 11mo
QuintusMarcus Ouch! 11mo
cherinium @britt_brooke This was a DNF for me. I was listening to the audiobook, and I just couldn't deal. For someone who is such a versatile actor, his reading of the stories was such a snooze! 11mo
britt_brooke @cherinium I listened to the audio, too. His voice is so recognizable, it got to the point where I pictured him as the main character in each story which threw me off. Totally boring, too. 11mo
Reviewsbylola I bailed on this so quickly it would make your head spin. 11mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola OMG, it was so bad. I cranked it to 1.75x and let it rip just so I could slam it. I‘m so mean. 11mo
Reviewsbylola Or just a glutton for punishment. 😂 11mo
minkyb So glad I decided to forego reading this. 11mo
britt_brooke @minkyb A very good decision! 😆 11mo
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britt_brooke
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When you search available audiobooks and think, what the hell? Sure. 🎧📖💪🏻

#currentlylistening #shortstories #multitasking #liftandlisten #mindandbody #audio #audiobook #libby

Cinfhen Is it read by Tom Hanks??? 11mo
Cinfhen Never mind, I see it is😉🤓 11mo
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VeganCleopatra
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Mehso-so

2 stars My second #MakeMeReadIt selection. I'm not really a short story person and this collection was no different. There were a few that were okay, like the time travel one, but overall I was bored. The inclusion of typewriters throughout failed to add the charm it was meant to for me as a reader. Overall I didn't find the collection to be compelling reading.

Cinfhen I guess Tom shouldn‘t quit his day job 11mo
VeganCleopatra @Cinfhen Ha. I love Tom Hanks as a person and actor but apparently this doesn't necessarily transfer over to writing. 11mo
Kaylamburson I felt the same. I was really bored. I wanted to love it so much. 11mo
LiteraryinLititz Great review, and I‘m in agreement. 11mo
tammy_sue I love Tom Hanks but I passed on this (although my husband enjoyed it). 11mo
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VeganCleopatra
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My second #MakeMeReadIt pick for August. I rarely enjoy short story collections but maybe Tom Hanks can do it.

LiteraryinLititz My #lmpbc read this in the last round. Our verdict was that we really liked about half of the stories. For a collection, that‘s not bad! 11mo
VeganCleopatra @LiteraryinLititz I'm finding that to be the case so far. 11mo
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StephanieSays
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Bailedbailed

I tried this as an audiobook, but could only manage to get through the first few stories. Hank‘s voice was soothing and entrancing, and he is an obviously competent writer. In spite of this, the book is very bland and slow-paced. I just could not become invested at all. I wouldn‘t discount Hanks all together, though, and would definitely try again if he releases another book.

Clive It‘s still in my book stack to read; so many books wanna read & to read but it‘s like can‘t find the time to read these days :( 12mo
sailu112 I read 3 stories in this book too. The first one was alright but the way the 2nd and 3rd were narrated was a little boring. I renewed this book twice from the library but had to return. Didn't want to waste time on something I didn't enjoy reading. 12mo
StephanieSays @Clive give the audiobook a try! His voice is really great. 12mo
StephanieSays @sailu112 I felt exactly the same way! 12mo
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KtheBookwyrm
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Found these at the library and couldn‘t resist, despite my overburdened TBR here at home

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Stacielynnw41
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Pickpick

This was a fun read... I now want a typewriter!!

RaimeyGallant On my list! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 12mo
Eggs Me too! Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻🌸 12mo
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WritethebookAnniemae I got one... and it‘s so archaic compared to a keyboard it ended up being counterproductive (for myself). 12mo
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misslupescu
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Sorry I‘ve been quiet. I‘m not very good at multiple social media accounts.

Anywho, I‘m chilling out in bed with this one atm. Am about half way through. It‘s very interesting and is a good read so far. Some stories have been better than others.

What are your thoughts on it?

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LisaJo
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Dinner and a book. Got a little ambitious for dinner tonight. I made shrimp and cheese grits. However, instead of using grits, I used riced cauliflower. Added a little wilted spinach and some turkey bacon. #Yummy #BookAndDinner

Aims42 Yum!! Are you enjoying your book? I have it on my TBR list 12mo
LisaJo @Aims42 Just starting it tonight. I ate more that I read. Too soon to know whether it‘s good or not. The nice thing about a short story is that even if you don‘t like one, there‘s always a possibility you would like another. 12mo
Aims42 @LisaJo yes, definitely 😁 12mo
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kim.guernsey
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This is the first book I'm going to crack into for #eclecticreadathon by @EclecticReaders ! And I just earned myself 2 points for sharing!

jmtrivera Let me know how you like it! 13mo
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Readage

• Hanks‘ semi-gritty descriptions of the streets of NYC in “Who‘s Who” (I think that‘s the name of the story) confirm my belief that most parts of that state would make me so miserable. If it‘s not upstate, I‘m not having it. No offense to those who live there and love it. •