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Vinyl Cafe Unplugged

(Vinyl Cafe #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,458 ratings  ·  124 reviews
The Vinyl Café Unplugged is the third book in Stuart McLean's Vinyl Café series, and like the one before it, Home from the Vinyl Café, it won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. This collection contains 14 delightful stories, many first broadcast on CBC Radio, about an idiosyncratic family of four in Toronto. Dave and Morley, the parents, and Sam and Stephanie, the child ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 2001 by Penguin (first published 2000)
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Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As fun as Mclean's radio show or seeing him in concert (usually he is touring his native CA). While most of the stories caused me to smile or laugh, I'm proud to say that the final short story, called Love Never Ends, had me in tears. Not sad, just a glimpse of love well shared. If it does not get to you too, sorry, but I recommend that you start caring about life.
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, I can't get enough. I am just loving these books-I purchased 4 of them and I can't wait to read them all. They are just so sweet and funny and relatable. It almost makes me want to move to Canada. I love Dave!
Jason P
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
I enjoyed the hell out of this, it was naturally smooth story telling, the stories of Dave and Morley are ones that will leave you rolling around laughing with tears in your eyes. For those of you have heard The Vinyl Cafe on CBC Radio, you'll know that Stewart's narrating of the story comes with that McLean twang to it, and while reading this I couldn't help but hear Stewart's voice reading along with me. This was great!
Paul Weiss
Some real down home humour!

If Pierre Berton is lauded as the premier Canadian historian then we have to give the laurel leaves to Stuart McLean as the quintessential Canadian storyteller!

Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, the third in a series, is a series of short tales about a generic but lovable Canadian family - Dave and his wife, Morley, plus their kids, Stephanie and Sam. More a hobby than a real business, Dave puts on a game face and likes to pretend that he's gainfully occupied with his used record b
I cannot read these stories without grinning and feeling warm in my heart.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A small carefully-wrapped parcel arrived in the mail with stamps on it which said things like "Air Mail / Par avion" and "Small Parcel / Petit paquet." They say things twice in Canada; it is a matter of public policy. It was too late for Christmas and too early for my birthday but inside the brown-paper wrapping there was gift wrap, also meticulously applied to what looked undisguisably like a book. I unwrapped The Vinyl Cafe Unplugged by Stuart McLean. It was a gift from my Canadian friend Eliz ...more
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essasy
This was a great find (thanks Janee!) and just the sort of book to grab on a fall afternoon. My library didn't have the same book that Janae recommended but I found that there are several books by Stuart McLean with collections of essays about Vinyl Cafe. It took me a couple essays to feel the rhythm of the author (and I really wished I could hear him tell the story; I feel like I'm missing part of the depth) and then I found I was laughing aloud or snickering at parts in each essay. My favorite ...more
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
A charming, funny, sad, real-life story about living. Just the sort of life that many of us lead. I really enjoyed this.
Dec 12, 2008 added it
Elaine just gave this one to me. I have never heard of Stuart McLean etc...So something very different for me to check out!

Well--I didn't finish this book. It was just not cup of tea. Too folky.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'd only heard McLean on the radio, and wondered if his stories would transfer to the written page. It's every bit as good. McLean truly is the Canadian Garrison Keillor.
Vinyl Café is a charming collection of stories based on the radio show by the late Stuart McLean. 

The stories all focus on Dave and Morley, as well as family and neighbors, so there is a definite cohesiveness to the collection. 

I had never really listened to the radio shows, but I knew a lot of people who did. Much of the material from the radio broadcast is available to listen to on Spotify. In fact one of my favorite episodes appears in this book; titled “Odd Jobs". If you have ever loved a ma
Darcy Cudmore
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Around Christmas time, I really got into Stuart McLean’s stories read by himself on Spotify. I couldn’t get enough of them! So I bought this little collection of stories to read.

The family - Dave, Morley, Sam, Stephanie, the dog Arthur, and all the supporting characters - are so relatable and inviting. I can’t wait for the next story, even as I’m in the middle of one.

The stories had me feeling all kinds of love, and Stuart’s writing is so well done. His descriptions of people and events, even wi
Crystal Fawn
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favors, 2018, must-own
I adore this book & how it serendipitously found me at work, by a friend named Denise. I will be acquiring my own copy thanks to her.
This is a book of short stories. Previously I haven’t had the best luck with this genre. Instead Vinyl Cafe hit all the feels & had me laughing out loud, I snorted once lol & was in tears by the end of er. This book in particular made me feel a little less homesick. The fact that I got to finish it on a beach? 😍 Thoroughly enjoyed everything about this
Victoria Peters
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A master story teller, Stuart McLean's CBC's Vinyl Cafe (KUOW) made me laugh, cry and think about life. I was sad this winter when he passed away. I found Vinyl Cafe Unplugged at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound on Orcas Island. The owner of the store and I had a pleasant discussion about McLean as I paid for the book.

Each evening I read one Dave's and Morley's adventure and hearing in my head McLean voice as he would have told the story. Reading the stories were almost as good as hearing McLea
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first vinyl cafe read and I must say I can hardly wait to read another book. From laughing out loud to a few tears this was truly a great read of small stories of one family. I feel like Dave and Morley are now my neighbors. Wonderful story telling by Stuart McLean. I can see why this has won the Stephen Leacock award! From the beginning Pet sounds made me laugh every chapter. The toaster episode will always bring a laugh when I think of it again. And finally to the last chapter where ...more
Tori Grasley
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think I might be getting addicted to these stories. There’s something about how normal, but unlucky many of the experiences recorded in this collection are. It’s always a good sign when you close a book with a wide smile on your face, and I certainly did with this one. I’m dying to read the next ones, but lack of library access has stopped me in my tracks.
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, touching and laugh out loud funny. I remember hearing one of these on the radio driving through Canada on a program called, wait for it....Vinyl Cafe. This is a book you can pick up and put down and read at your leisure because, even though there is a through line of characters each story is complete in and of itself. So grab a cuppa and find a cosy place and enjoy.
Norman Weatherly
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As per usual, Stuart McLean served up a slice of Canadiana that is on par with the excellence we have come to take for granted from this gifted storyteller. I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed ever page.
Betty A.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I'll ever stop rereading this book time and again. Its a masterpiece ❤
Debi Robertson
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
First time reading Stuart Mclean's stuff. Why is it I see so many of the people I know in his writing. I cried laughing and I cried. What a great read.
Maryanne Henderson
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lots of laughs, and some tears. I miss Stuart McLean's voice on the radio, the Dave and Morley stories are a gift.
Trish Boese
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor
4* Great read-aloud stories for the family! Dave owns a vinyl record store; he and his family are weird and funny and the ultimate normal.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian-eh
I loved listening to the Vinyl Cafe and I can hear Stuart McLean reading the stories as I read the books.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As usual, funny and heart felt stories. Thank you Stuart. We all miss you.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As charming and delightful as ever. The literary equivalent of comfort food.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
just a smooth storytelling. I was happy the entire reading.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Laugh out loud. It has been a while since a book had done that to me and it hit the spot.
Marthe Bijman
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stories included in “Vinyl Cafe Unplugged”: – Arthur – Galway – The Fly – Christmas Presents – Harrison Ford’s Toes – Dorothy – The Last Kind Word Blues – The Bare Truth – Susan is Serious – Odd Jobs – The Razor’s Edge – Morley’s Christmas Pageant – Figs – Love Never Ends

If you read many of Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe short stories in one sitting, the characters become increasingly real and rounded, and a clear picture of their town, friends, family and habits emerges. You can also see how McLean
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What took me so long to read Stuart McLean? This was an excellent collection of anecdotes, I'll be looking to add more to my collection. These ones fall into the reread category since you can't get tired of them. What a shame he passed away recently.
Nathaniel ΘΣ
I hadn't intended on reading this as it was one that my mother had taken out of the library but I was intrigued by the title and the blurb sounded okay. It follows the life of a family: mum, dad, two kids and a dog. I didn't find out till afterwards that not only is it a sequel, it's also taken from a very popular and well-known Canadian radio show. As a result, there's no information given for any of the characters, the setting or any background information. It seems to be taken for granted tha ...more
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From the Vinyl Cafe web site: Stuart McLean was 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

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