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Uncommon Type: Some Stories

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A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor.

A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then another and then many mor
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Published October 17th 2017 by Random House Audiobooks
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Kate Ess I agree too; I think that’s a good explanation of why they’re not my favorite... thanks for putting it into words for me!!

But I love Tom Hanks!! Maybe…more
I agree too; I think that’s a good explanation of why they’re not my favorite... thanks for putting it into words for me!!

But I love Tom Hanks!! Maybe he’ll write a novel; his writing is certainly good enough and entertaining! (less)
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Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories are aggressively competent and aggressively bland. There is a very old fashioned feel to them as if the author yearns for simpler times. The present day stories make sure to note things like iPhones and podcasts as if to remind us that he knows technology exists. The stories also portray a pleasant, multiethnic world where everything has gone the way of Benetton ads and all is well among all of us. But the stories have no teeth. They aren’t memorable. They are aggressively competen ...more
Elyse Walters
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Audiobook.....narrated by none other than Tom Hanks himself.

I was looking forward to Tom Hanks debut unveiling for months....having pre-paid for the audiobook the ‘second’ I learned Tom Hanks was reading HIS STORIES.
I was especially excited to ‘listen’ to Skyline High School celebrity classmate render imagery, illuminate and spotlight juicy details with a wide range of textures - feelings and thoughts. I wanted him to dramatize - flaunt - personify - exemplify all of his greatness.....and for m
Amalia Gavea
"In her living room she opened the windows to get a bit of breeze. The sun had set, so the first fireflies of the evening would begin to flare in a bit. She sat on the windowsill and enjoyed the cold, shaped pineapple and watched as squirrels ran along the telephone wires, perfect sine waves with their bodies and tails. Sitting there, she had her second ice pop as well, until the fireflies began to float magically above the patches of grass and sidewalk."

I'm not a Hollywood fan, nor I enjoy wa
Bookdragon Sean
Tom Hanks clearly loves typewriters. He wrote this up on one, which is really quite cool if you think about it. He made me want to get one just for the sake of it, which, for me, demonstrates a large part of the effectiveness of his writing:

“Make the machine part of your life. A part of your day. Do not use it a few times, then need room on the table and close it back into its case to sit on a shelf in the back of a closet. Do that and you may never write with it again.”


The best story in here
Mohammed Arabey
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
توم هانكس، الفنان الجميل، مهووس الآلة الكاتبة العتيقة كتب عليها 17 قصة قصيرة مختلفة

مع حوالي 12 شخصية مختلفة..من اجواء بعد الحرب العالمية الثانية، السبعينات، الحاضر وحتي المستقبل القريب
لكنها قصص بسيطة الي عادية، لا تتوقع عمق ولا فكرة فلسفية ولا حبكة خارقة ولا مفاجأة في النهاية ولا الكلام ده خالص
Yeah, Mr. Hanks can write pretty good on old Typewriter machines, we got it..

BUT, the stories were mostly simple to ordinary, not Uncommon Types..

But I give them that; varity, sense of humour, Nostalgia tr
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a rule, I try to steer clear of books ghost written by celebrities. These books are not going to win awards for their literary prowess no matter how engaging the subject matter is. For the past few months I have seen goodreads friends reviewing a short story collection by Tom Hanks himself. Tom Hanks, the actor I have pretty much watched my whole life starting with Big and A League of Our Own and most recently as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks. That this is a collection of fictional stories ...more
What an eclectic mix! I could feel Mr Hanks in these stories; his quirky humour (how do I know what he’s like, well I think I do now?!) shining through to his stories, his first work of fiction.

A very different mix of stories, some related, some not. A group of young adults building a craft and entering space, that same group encouraging their amazing bowling player friend to appear on television to prove his amazing amount of strikes. This was a cool character that goes by the name of Steve Won
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a book by the man, the myth, the legend that is tom hanks sounds like a dream come true, right? yeah, i thought so too until i actually read this and was heartbroken that i didnt fall in love.

im not a fan of short story collections to begin with, but i thought this would different. the writing was good, albeit a little old fashioned, but i just could not get into the stories. and i dont think that was tom hanks’ fault - it just takes a lot for me to connect with characters/plots and its difficu
[A 2.5 stars, to be candid.]

Anticipation was high, emotions were higher; and with bated breath, I opened the book titled ‘Uncommon Type’ penned by one of my favorite actors. An anthology. An eclectic mix. Many slices of life. A debutant’s spirit. What can possibly be lacking in such an endeavor? Storytelling, apparently.

Almost all of the seventeen stories are set in the US, chronicling the lives of men and women from myriad walks of life – an actor on a film-promotion spree, a soldier hardened
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC.
Overly sentimental review ahead.

This short story collection is warm, surprising and engaging. Each story envelops the reader with its own unique sense of place, time and character; the most endearing characters of all may be the typewriters who find their way into every story. Tom Hanks' vast perspective and experience is relayed with wit and warmth, leaving one craving an audio book with the clacking of typewriters in the background. He manages to capture what t
When my husband picked this up from the library for me, he expressed skepticism that Tom Hanks could write; and I said that if Steve Martin can do it, so can Tom.

The first story was clever, about a guy and girl, friends who decide to become more than friends. Their three week whirlwind relationship was very funny. Wishing my initial instincts had proven true, I told my husband, "This guy can write!"

But from that point on, I couldn't find another story that I felt like finishing. I skimmed them
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I’ve made it very clear I’m not a big fan of fictional shorts in general, and I really struggle with collections of them. That being said, now that I’m attempting to dabble in audiobooks they really are the perfect fit for my short commute so I probably need to suck it up and start enjoying them more. All I can really say about Uncommon Type is it was completely adequate for my 15 minute, twice a day listening pleasure. I have been a f
I almost didn't request this as I was prejudiced and thought "oh no, not another Hollywood actor turned writer" ... Then I remembered how much I loved Mr You by Mary-Louise Parker and how much I love Tom Hanks, so I couldn't resist the temptation ...

Uncommon Type started off promisingly, as the first short story made chuckle a few times. If you make me laugh, you pretty much win me over.

After that introductory story though I can't say I found any stories that really appealed or engaged me a gre

3.5 stars

Tom Hanks is an award-winning American actor and producer who has appeared in films, television, and on the stage. He's also an imaginative writer, as demonstrated in this book of short stories.

The collection includes a variety of vignettes that run the gamut from funny, to touching, to heartrending. In a nod to Hanks' well-known passion for vintage typewriters, these durable machines make an appearance in every story.


The opening story, one of the funniest in the collection, feat
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These stories were utterly charming! I listened to Uncommon Type on audio, performed by Tom Hanks himself, and I highly recommend it. From the very first story, about a laid-back guy who starts dating a go-getting gal, I was smiling and giggling and was excited to keep reading.

Tom Hanks is such a likeable guy that I shouldn't be surprised for liking his writing. These stories are sweet and funny, clever and insightful. And part of the charm is that many of the stories (if not all, I wasn't count
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Jeffery Hanks it seems can do just about anything. He has won so many awards for his acting that he uses Golden Globe statues to tenderize the chicken breasts for his world famous, and yet nutritiously responsible Chicken Cordon Hanks dish. The hit at many Spielberg potlucks. He produces, writes, and directs films. He is always very funny and his David S. Pumpkins character is recognized internationally for it’s technical genius and it’s subtle and clever insights into the human condition ...more
A collection of pleasant, though unremarkable, stories - all tethered to one another by typewriters. I believe most of them were written while Tom was out and about travelling for work, which would account for the vast array of locations and settings. Among my favorites were the stories that featured Anna (atta-baaaaby) and Steve Wong. At least, they were the most memorable for me.

But who am I kidding. For the past two weeks, I got to listen to Tom Hanks read to me on my commute to and from wor
Mary Johnson
**I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway**

Unfortunately, this was a DNF for me. I hate leaving books unfinished, but life is too short, and this collection is too long.

I just...oh, man, I didn't care. I found almost every one of these stories as dull as the cover. Can Tom Hanks write? Definitely. The tone was warm and nostalgic and lovely, and I'd read more from him for sure. I especially liked Christmas Eve 1953.
But I could. Not. Care. The endings were too abrupt, the characters fel
Liz Barnsley
So turns out that Tom Hanks can spin a quirky little yarn quite well.

The stories in this collection are all beautifully readable and some genuinely compelling. I liked the tone of them and the variety of themes, all though with the anchor of that typewriter.

If you like short stories (I do because I can get through a whole one in my 10 minute coffee breaks) I'm fairly sure you'll find a few to love here. I was especially fond of "A Junket in the City of Light" myself but you'll find your own.

I c
Linda Quinn
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of short stories. Some are whimsical, some nostalgic, some have more depth but they are all one thing, smart. I would be angry at the amount of Tom Hank's talent if he didn't seem like such a nice guy. Even if you don't care for short stories, pick this book up and savor it.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, overdrive
Maybe you have to love both Tom Hanks and typewriters to love these short stories, which are so tepid and inoffensive that they disappear from your mind even as you are reading them. They aren't bad, but there is nothing memorable here. I do not have typewriter nostalgia and while I like Mr. Hanks I think he's lucky he is famous or this collection would not have been published. For me, this book was pretty much a waste of time. The author generally did a good job narrating the audio book.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was kind of “meh” with this book. It’s a collection of short stories written by Tom Hanks. A typewriter is a common motif throughout the stories. It’s not a challenging read by any means. However, the stories are not particularly engaging or captivating. ...more
I love short stories. And Tom Hanks. So, short stories by Tom Hanks? I was super happy to have won this book in a Goodreads giveaway!

The stories were good. Not excellent, but fun enough. My favorite ones were by the end of the book:
-The past is important to us
-Stay with us
-Go see Costas
-Steve Wong is perfect
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF - 55%

When I saw Tom Hanks was writing a book, I was all in. When I found out he was narrating the audiobook, I couldn't buy those extra audible credits fast enough. But while Hanks is an incredible actor and narrator, his stories are kind of vanilla.

The writing reminds me of books written in the mid-20th century. It was descriptive but lacked something. I found myself having to go back to the beginning of stories because it just couldn't keep my attention. Every time I sat down to listen har
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every story is expertly crafted. I would add a subtitle to this book: The Typewriter Chronicles. I just love how Tom sneaks in a typewriter somewhere in the story, even for just a moment in some, others as an important object. As I listened to each story I carefully and excitedly waited for the typewriter cameo! (I promptly ordered a book about old typewriters from Amazon as I was reading this book.)
See what you made me do Tom! Seriously, great, unique stories by a creative and talented guy we a
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such an entertaining and interesting story, or collection of stories. I really enjoyed listening for the common threads in each story and getting to know each character. A perfectly perfect book!
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all know what an amazing actor Tom Hanks is but to discover the dude is an amazing writer, too is an abundance of riches. This book is a collection of short stories that are well done with excellent characters. I listened to the audio read by the author. I highly recommend it!
Feb 21, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Cannot wait for this!
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An Emerging Author Makes His Big-Time Debut

By Judge Maris Kreizman

You may have heard some buzz about a debut fiction writer by the name of Tom Hanks. Yes, him. The most likable movie star on the planet just happens to have published an entirely charming story collection that is artfully constructed and emotionally affecting. Beginner's luck? Maybe not. Just as with his acting career, Hanks manages to do comedy and tragedy equally well in his writing, even if there's some sillier stuff thrown in
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having always admired Tom Hanks as an actor and a human being, I am happy to say I can now give him a 5 star review as an author. When I requested Hanks' collection of short stories from, I thought reading these might be like the old truism about watching a dog walk on 2 legs: it's not how well he does it but that he does it at all. Then I plunged into this delightful collection and discovered Mr. Hanks has a range as deep and wide as his dramatic performances. The title "Uncommon ...more
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Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Big (1988), Philadelphia (1993), Forrest Gump (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail (both 1998), Cast Away (2000), The Da Vinci Code (2006), Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. Banks (both 2013), as well as for his voice work in the animated films The Polar Express ...more
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