The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick, narrated by William Dufris
Rating: * * * *
Homer, a boy with a talent for telling entertaining stories (some might call them tall tales) sets off on a heck of an adventure when he attempts to save his brother Harold, who was sold to the army during the Civil War. Homer meets a motley assortment of characters with interesting names like Professor Fleabottom.
William Dufris does an absolutely delightful narration of this story. All the character voices are distinct from one another, and each voice brings the character to life so that even minor characters become memorable.
Wildly funny and adventurous, the story nevertheless contains an undercurrent of sadness as Homer encounters kidnapping, thievery, war, incarceration, and death. The journey to recover Harold complete, Homer finishes up his account (mostly true) with humor and optimism, leaving the reader/listener wondering what is next for him – and knowing that whatever it is, it will be entertaining!
If you like this story and/or this narrator, you may also enjoy the Holmes on the Range series by Steve Hockensmith.