Audiobook Review: The Guncle by, Steven Rowley

When I put in my hold request for The Guncle at my local library, I had to wait for two months for the audiobook to become available. I was SO excited to finally be able to give this sweet sounding book a listen. But was it worth the wait? Find out here!

The Guncle
by, Steven Rowley

From the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus and The Editor comes a warm and deeply funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Patrick, or Gay Uncle Patrick (GUP, for short), has always loved his niece, Maisie, and nephew, Grant. That is, he loves spending time with them when they come out to Palm Springs for weeklong visits, or when he heads home to Connecticut for the holidays. But in terms of caretaking and relating to two children, no matter how adorable, Patrick is honestly a bit out of his league.

So when tragedy strikes and Maisie and Grant lose their mother and Patrick’s brother has a health crisis of his own, Patrick finds himself suddenly taking on the role of primary guardian. Despite having a set of “Guncle Rules” ready to go, Patrick has no idea what to expect, having spent years barely holding on after the loss of his great love, a somewhat-stalled career, and a lifestyle not-so-suited to a six- and a nine-year-old. Quickly realizing that parenting—even if temporary—isn’t solved with treats and jokes, Patrick’s eyes are opened to a new sense of responsibility, and the realization that, sometimes, even being larger than life means you’re unfailingly human.

With the humor and heart we’ve come to expect from bestselling author Steven Rowley, The Guncle is a moving tribute to the power of love, patience, and family in even the most trying of times. 

Steven Rowley is the bestselling author of Lily and the Octopus, which has been published in nineteen languages and is being developed as a major motion picture by Amazon Studios. He has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter. Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Every once in a while, I find an audiobook that I know I will listen to over and over again. When there is that magical combination of great writing and creative narration, I just can’t get it out of my head. The Guncle has joined that high ranking of audiobooks for which I wish I had a higher rating system.

I don’t often enjoy books that deal with grief because they can feel so heavy and weighed down with emotion. The exact opposite is true of The Guncle. This story is filled with emotion brought on by the loss of a beloved family member but it is handled with such grace that instead of feeling sad, it is actually very uplifting.

Not only has Steven Rowley written a wonderful book, but he is also the voice of the audiobook as well. He uses different accents and inflections that really bring the book to life. He’s SO very talented. It’s unfair to the rest of us! This was the first book I’ve read by Rowley, but it will not be the last.

I will be recommending this audiobook to everyone I know. Don’t hesitate. Just go and start listening now. You won’t regret it.

I give this book 5 Sips!

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