Car Talk Classics

Tom Magliozzi, Author, Ray Magliozzi, Author, Tom Magliozzi, Narrated by
Tom Magliozzi, Author, Ray Magliozzi, Author, Tom Magliozzi, Narrated by , read by the authors. HighBridge Audio $29.95 (0p) ISBN 978-1-59887-099-2
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Each week, over four million National Public Radio listeners turn to Massachusetts mechanics Tom and Ray Magliozzi—aka “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers”—for an eclectic mixture of practical car repair advice, automotive consumer empowerment, razor-sharp puzzlers and self-deprecating wit. As both erudite MIT grads and gritty garage enthusiasts, Click and Clack would fit naturally into the Boston bar stools of the classic sitcom Cheers . At the close of each program, the siblings announce that their devotees have “squandered another perfectly good hour.” Their new audio collection consists of four complete 60-minute programs that the hosts deem their all-time favorites, including a visit from domestic diva Martha Stewart and a Mother’s Day memorial tribute to their mom. The recordings selected do happen to showcase some especially entertaining telephone queries, including a discussion of what to do when the friendly neighborhood fix-it shop finds out that you have “cheated” and visited your dealer for service. Fans who savor the familiar Car Talk rituals and quirks will appreciate the continuity, a rarity in the choppy waters of the “best-of” multimedia marketplace. (May)

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