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Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (Vinyl Cafe #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,191 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Like an old friend who's turned up in town, Stuart McLean returns with Stories from the Vinyl Cafe, his bestselling collection of tales based on his enormously popular Vinyl Cafe radio program. The collection features Canada's much-loved fictional family: Dave, Morley, Stephanie and Sam. Stories from the Vinyl Cafe also introduces a host of other wonderfully imagined chara ...more
Paperback, 10th Anniversary Edition
Published February 8th 2005 by Penguin Canada (first published January 1st 1995)
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Rebecca McNutt
May 14, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At times funny, at times serious and always deeply Canadian, Stories from the Vinyl Cafe is a hilarious, original, creative and wonderfully-written book that everyone should read.
Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen
The Vinyl Cafe books are some of the best books I've read. Each chapter is a separate story, but all of the stories are about the same people and their interactions with each other, friends, and neighbors. Some are funny, some are touching, some make you cry and some make you laugh for days after you have read them. The best part? You can read a few chapters, lay the book down, read something else for weeks and come back and enjoy a few more chapters. It's the perfect "pick-me-up" read after a s ...more
Jenn
Jun 06, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stewart McLean is an author who opens my soul, his talent for words, his characters and their lives make mine a little more worth living. Wonderful collection of laughs, a few tears, and amazing stories
Lyndsey Page
Dec 03, 2014 Lyndsey Page rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've reread this in anticipation of seeing Stuart McLean live next month and have rediscovered how wonderful it is. Stuart McLean has the ability to create such likeable and sometimes quirky characters that you easily grow attached to. The book is made up of several short stories, sometimes coming back to the same characters. It's sort of like Seinfeld, as in it's not really about anything, but the stories are typically always heartwarming and simple. I love the author's quiet sense of humour an ...more
Mya
Nov 08, 2015 Mya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
This was my first Vinyl Cafe experience, I had not listened to the radio show before reading this book. Having not listened to the radio show, I believe that I was not as invested as delighted as I could have been if I did listen before I read.

I found it difficult to get invested in the characters when there wasn’t a core plot line. I found myself also spending much of my time trying to link the stories together, thinking that they were interrelated, rather than allowing myself to just turn my b
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Brentman99
I had never read one of Stuart McLean's books, but had heard him several times on the CBC reading his short stories. While I thought some of them were pretty good, I felt that a few others were just weird or lame. I did like the Canadian content as I could relate to it.

I'm glad I've read it and will work my way through the second one of the series, but will be trading it in as I have a lot of other stuff that is more worthy of keeping on my crowded bookshelves.
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Some laugh out loud funny tales of easily recognizable Canadian life, whether smalltown or urban. Enjoyed the repartee and awkward relational moments between MC Dave, his wife Morley, and their kids - real issues and realistic responses.
Forgetting to tell Morley of his acceptance of a dinner invitation had me laughing as did Rock of Ages. Great written sense of humour. But, for me, swears don't add to the humour or the story. Just a note for readers awareness. Otherwise an easy and portable rea
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Felicia (Little Prairie Library)
This is the very first collection of the Vinyl Cafe stories, and I didn't love this as much as my first experience. That made me really sad. I think that's because the feel of these stories were different, far more melancholy, less heart-warming. That being said, it was still really good. I was just missing those laugh out loud moments I was expecting.
Pamela Kenney
Jan 16, 2016 Pamela Kenney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful heart warming stories about Dave and Morley. It's marvellous to read stories about ordinary people who have their ups and downs but who generally see the humour in most things. Stuart McLean has an amazing way of taking an ordinary day for Dave and Morley and finding the upbeat side to it.
Lisa Bilodeau
Mar 18, 2014 Lisa Bilodeau rated it liked it
It was interesting to read early stories from the VC, while Dave and Morley seem new. Love Stuart McLean's style and development of these characters and others in their lives. I also like the extra stories in the book that were unrelated to Dave's life.
Excellent read.
Meagan Jesmer
Exactly what you want it to be. I enjoyed the stories with the "new" characters a lot, but it was even better to see the beginnings of the characters we all love from the vinyl cafe.
Shannie Joy
I can't decide really. His stories are simple and the endings are sometimes lacking yet overall they're still small town sweet. Maybe that's supposed to be the entire charm of his writing.
Darlene Foster
Jun 09, 2016 Darlene Foster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A laugh out loud read. I loved this book. As a Canadian living abroad, I felt like I was at home, with folks I know. A book to keep handy in case you have a bad day and need a lift. Love all the characters. Great writing too.
Diane
May 01, 2015 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe this just wasn't my cup of tea but ugh, this was awful. Not at all funny or sweet or any adjective you want to enter. Just boring. Enough said.
Benjamin Rubenstein
Great short stories from a great Canadian. I thank my Canadian friend for lending me her people's book.
Sherri
Jan 21, 2015 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I brought this book along with me to my Dr. appointments and embarrassed myself a few times laughing out loud. A few people looked at me in the waiting room.
Matt
Jun 25, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and thoughtful, the book is a great slice of life. It's best read imagining it in Stuart's voice
Ojan
Aug 07, 2014 Ojan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the stories, but I do prefer listening to Stuart McLean read them himself.
Scugog Memorial Public Library
2011 Durham Region Public Libraries "Pas the Book" selection.
Kate
Feb 03, 2014 Kate rated it liked it
It was a nice, quick read. I think I missed a little bit in not hearing these on the radio.
Becky Rhyno
Feb 29, 2016 Becky Rhyno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, quite a storyteller =)
Ray
Aug 20, 2015 Ray rated it really liked it
Funny!
Amy
Jun 20, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fast read. I enjoyed it a lot. I know that a lot of people might find it dull but for some reason I found the stories quite heart warming and comforting. Nothing like a bit of Canadian middle class life to put the mind at east. I really enjoyed the story The Jockstrap. Dave is a great character and I would love to meet a family like his. I am also interested in finding out more about Stuart McLean's radio show. I wonder if there is a podcast!
James Moes
Katherine & I really don't like Stu's voice, literally-but-not-literary-ally-as-in-we-like-the-stories. And so, instead of listening to the radio program while traveling through the B.C. small towns en route to Alberta (and back), we read the comical anecdotes to each other (sometimes trying to talk ironically in Stu's voice). I find the stories much easier to relate to once out of box-store Langley and the big city of Vancouver.
Andrew
Dec 02, 2007 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a much darker collection of stories. There are a good number of Dave/Morley stories, but there are many about the other inhabitants of the city. Some dark themes are touched upon - Call girls, incest, false realities, and the death of Sea Monkeys.

All in all, it was wistful and meaningful, not as funny as Home from the Vinyl Cafe, but an able yin to the yang.
Rick
Dec 29, 2013 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My girlfriend read this to me while we drove through the mountains. I can't think of a better way to experience the vinyl Cafe stories than to have someone read them to you.

It was a good mix of funny and serious stories. We both enjoyed it a lot.
Nadin
Nov 01, 2013 Nadin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed feeling about this book. The previous McLean's books were all fluff and fun and rainbows, but some stories in this one were borderline depressing. It's not that they were bad or anything, mind you. McLean's writing style is amazing, but it just wasn't what I expected, and wasn't what I needed, frankly.
Lori
Feb 14, 2008 Lori rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
I LOVE Stuart McLean and all editions and sequels of the Vinyl Cafe. I think if you're Canadian, or you live in Canada, or you come to visit Canada, you should be exposed to Stuart McLean in some way. His stories are laugh out loud funny (especially his Thanksgiving story about the turkey).
Anna
Aug 01, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Dave and Morley stories from the Vinyl Cafe. This one contained one of my favourites with Remembrance Day. If you like a good laugh or to read something that will make you think all the while light and fun - Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe is definitely one to pick up or listen to.
Amber
Jun 10, 2011 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only 3 stars because there were too many chapters about people other than Dave and Morley and I hate short stories as a general rule. Halfway through I started skipping the extraneous chapters. But I still love these books! Favorite chapter: The Jockstrap.
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From the Vinyl Cafe web site: Stuart McLean is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and humorist, and host of CBC Radio program The Vinyl Cafe.

Stuart began his broadcasting career making radio documentaries for CBC Radio's Sunday Morning. In 1979 he won an ACTRA award for Best Radio Documentary for hi
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Other Books in the Series

Vinyl Cafe (7 books)
  • Home From The Vinyl Cafe: A Year Of Stories (Vinyl Cafe, #2)
  • Vinyl Cafe Unplugged (Vinyl Cafe, #3)
  • Vinyl Cafe Diaries (Vinyl Cafe, #4)
  • Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe (Vinyl Cafe, #5)
  • Extreme Vinyl Cafe (Vinyl Cafe, #6)
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