Lord Vishnu's Love Handles

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Will Clarke

Narrated By: William Dufris

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: July 2005

Duration: 8 hours 57 minutes

Summary:

Lord Vishnu's Love Handles is the story of a man who is teetering on the edge of financial ruin and insanity until a couple of secret agents teach him what it really means to lose his mind.

Travis Anderson has a psychic gift. Or so he thinks. So far he's milked his premonitions only to acquire an upper-middle-class lifestyle -- pretty wife, big house, and a shiny Range Rover -- without having to make any real effort. But recent visions threaten his yuppie contentment. Haunted by omens of impending cancers, stillborn babies, and personal train wrecks, he is compelled to make a series of inaccurate and horrifying prophecies that humiliate him in front of his fellow country club members. The IRS gets Travis's number, too, demanding an audit of his sloppy bookkeeping.

Drowning in mounting financial problems and apparent mental illness, Travis tries booze, pills, even golf to stay afloat, but nothing works. His wife and friends are forced to stage an intervention. Travis is in danger of losing his family, his career, and ultimately, his sanity. That is, until he meets a Hindu holy man in rehab who claims to be the final incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Suddenly, the tragically shallow Travis is saddled with the responsibility of bettering mankind and saving the world.

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  • Christine B.

    While the concept is sound and entertaining, the execution is lacking in any polish whatsoever. The use of the word "Anyway" to segway from self-absorbed exposition back into the action is a very junior high writing contest technique, and disappointing in a published work. However, the main reason the story doesn't receive the 5 stars it should is due to the characters. The lead character is so damn unlikeable, all the way through the book. Prejudiced, rude, arrogant, horrible values, questionable morals, and none of it in moderation, the guy is just outright an ass. His shrew wife isn't worth the effort he goes to, his back-stabbing best friend/business partner should have been deep-sixed years ago, etc. It's hard to enjoy the story when the characters are incessantly self-sabotaging and undeserving of such situations as are presented. This book needs an editor with a firm hand and a cattle prod (no pun intended).

Lord Vishnu's Love Handles

by Will Clarke

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