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by Harold Taw

  • ISBN: 1935597566
  • Author: Harold Taw
  • ePub ver: 1583 kb
  • Fb2 ver: 1583 kb
  • Rating: 4.8 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 538
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 26, 2011)
  • Formats: txt lrf docx mobi
  • Category: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
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This book takes you on a bizarre and rollicking ride alongside Guy Watanabe, the Karaoke King

This book takes you on a bizarre and rollicking ride alongside Guy Watanabe, the Karaoke King. Still struggling after his divorce, he is an avid disciple of the motivational speaker Troy Bobbins, who inspires him to pursue his dreams.

In Harold Taw's entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity. Guy Watanabe is a thirty-something man who is marginally in touch with his Asian heritage and completely out of touch with his own needs and desires. Recovering from a divorce, Watanabe is unsure of himself and the course his future might take.

In Harold Taw’s entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly . This book takes you on a bizarre and rollicking ride alongside Guy Watanabe, the Karaoke King

In Harold Taw’s entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity. This book takes you on a bizarre and rollicking ride alongside Guy Watanabe, the Karaoke King. After he wins the Karaoke King title and medallion in a local competition in Seattle, he meets Megumi, a beautiful young woman with a difficult past, and he believes his life is changing for the good.

James Chen, Harold Taw. In Harold Taw's entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the l. . In Harold Taw's entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity. When he wins a local karaoke contest, he discovers not only a newfound.

His debut novel was Adventures of the Karaoke King (Lake Union Publishing 2011). Harold wrote the book for two musicals presented as staged readings by The 5th Avenue Theatre: the full-length Persuasion: A New Musical (2015), based on Jane Austen’s final novel, which also had a workshop reading at Texas Musical Theatre Workshop; and the original one-act The Missed Connections Club (2014), which won Third Place in the.

Written by Harold Taw, Audiobook narrated by James Chen. What happens when a 30-something, newly divorced man discovers courage and adventure, thanks to a karaoke contest? In Adventures of the Karaoke King, Harold Taw introduces us to Guy Watanabe, a man marginally aware of his Asian background and decidedly unaware of how poorly he has planned for his future.

When he wins a local karaoke contest, he discovers not only a newfound confidence, but the courage to take risks.

Adventures of the Karaoke King Audiobook Free Adventures of the Karaoke King ( free books ) : free online audiobooks In Harold Taw''s entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity. When he wins a local karaoke contest, he discovers not only a newfound confidence, but the courage to take risks.

In Harold Taw's entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity. Guy Watanabe is a thirty-something man who is marginally in touch with his Asian heritage and completely out of touch with his own needs and desires. Recovering from a divorce, Watanabe is unsure of himself and the course his future might take. When he wins a local karaoke contest, he discovers not only a newfound confidence, but the courage to take risks. With the victor's medallion in hand, he seizes the moment…and his life changes dramatically, albeit not as he might have hoped. From a weekend romp with Megumi, a former hooker, comes a physical beating and the loss of his beloved medallion. Stung by this humiliation, and yet able to muster a courage long dormant, his quest begins. From the western states and on to Asia, with a return trip in a shipping container, we follow his wild ride. Will a Korean barmaid be his downfall…or his redemption? Will Billy, a closeted gay man, or Milt, a heavily-armed dwarf, help Guy on his journey? And what about the patricidal Chinese businessman who will stop at nothing to create a global karaoke empire? So many people seeking the light, desperate to attain their dreams. And at the heart of their internal wars is Guy Watanabe's quest for truth, hope, and self-discovery.
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lolike
This book takes you on a bizarre and rollicking ride alongside Guy Watanabe, the Karaoke King. Still struggling after his divorce, he is an avid disciple of the motivational speaker Troy Bobbins, who inspires him to pursue his dreams. After he wins the Karaoke King title and medallion in a local competition in Seattle, he meets Megumi, a beautiful young woman with a difficult past, and he believes his life is changing for the good. Yet his encounters with Megumi leave him beaten and missing his Karaoke King medallion, and wondering exactly what his future holds. He is determined to free Megumi from the clutches of her patricidal businessman boyfriend and get his medallion back, and this adventure takes him across the Western US, into China and back again. Along the way he meets no end of interesting characters who either help or hinder him (sometimes both), and it is often difficult for Guy to determine who is on his side. There's Billy, a closeted gay man in rural Washington; Milton Schwartzer, a midget and former porn star; Sunny, the owner of a run-down karaoke bar; and Sheila, one of Milton's drug-abusing former employees. Encounters with each of these people leave Guy changed in some way, and he must fight to free his soul and determine his future.

I found this book simultaneously interesting and frustrating. I think Harold Taw tried to throw a lot of zany adventures and characters into this book, and some of them resonated more than others. But my main challenge with the book is that I found it difficult to muster a lot of sympathy for Guy, who keeps chasing the wrong things and seems eternally destined to make the same mistakes over and over. I also found his determination above all things to reunite with Megumi somewhat dubious, since she really didn't appear to give him the affection he needed and wanted, just exposed him to physical and financial ruin. The last quarter of the book, which chronicled Guy's return trip to the US in a shipping container, and the results of his capture at the hands of immigration officials, seemed so far-fetched it nearly made me stop reading the book.

I love books that tell of noble and bizarre quests--one of my favorite books of all time is Matt Ruff's Fool on the Hill, the story of a man looking for true love and dragons to slay. But The Adventures of the Karaoke King fell a little short for me. It was enjoyable, well-written and interesting, but in the end, more memorable for its weaknesses than its strengths.
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Tebei
Karaoke, adventure, love, lust, midget porn stars....really this book has it all! I normally read exclusively non-fiction but after coming across this book for my new Kindle I thought it would be a nice change of pace for me. It definitely kept me interested, and as a Pacific NW native I loved all the references to places and people of Seattle and beyond. The subject matter is not for everyone, some graphic sex and violence references, but it's an interesting, well written story that keeps you turning the pages until the end. I should read fiction more often if I can find stories as entertaining as this one.
Whitemaster
Harold Taw's Adventures of the Karaoke King was a wonderful surprise. At a bookstore reading, I was warned that the book was a bit dirty (true) and that readers seem either to love it or hate it. I love it.

Taw's prose is really excellent; this book was a pleasure to read. But as I moved through the chapters, I was struck by the fluidity of the writing. Without missing a beat or veering into awkwardness, the prose moves from graceful and buoyant to intense and suspenseful. The book is also hilarious. I suspect that people who dislike this book dislike its brand of humor, which is somehow at once intelligent and happily idiotic. For me, it recalls nothing so much as the bittersweet craziness of A Confederacy of Dunces by the late John Kennedy Toole.

But Adventures of the Karaoke King is not merely a captivating, international tale about dueling karaoke kings and a shocking variety of odd folk; it is also about the voiceless among us. Taw does impeccable work of depicting the frightened, the angry, and the lonely. Some of his characters may be a little hard to look at, but it isn't because of their (often amazing!) physical deformities, it is because of the way their pain has scarred and warped them. This complicated, meandering novel spins an unapologetic world filled with beauty and roughness, neither requiring explanation.

The novel is beautifully-crafted and exciting to read, despite its length. It left me with a feeling that while the world may be made up of extreme dualities (small and big, thrilling and miserable, rich and poor), there is real nobility in the day-to-day business of looking people in the eye and listening to each other.
Golden Lama
Don't know how I stumbled across this quirky book but it was highly entertaining. The plot is well developed if convoluted and many of the characters are well developed. The story criss crosses the country as we follow the wanna be Karaoke King and enter the some times high stakes and some times sleazy world of the Karaoke fan. The book gets a little bit racy at times and the plot gets a little too complex for its own good sometimes but overall, a very amusing and entertaining book. You will be laughing at the spot on characterizations and the story line is one that keeps you engaged until the end.

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