It's the summer of 1989. Jack McGuinn is a dockporter, transporting tourists’ luggage piled high in his bike basket on Mackinac Island, Michigan, a tiny summer resort where cars are outlawed and pedal-power rules. He’s wired the season tight: a family cottage on the bluff, a dream job, and a loyal crew of hell-raising, tip-hustling buddies. When his old friend-turned-bitter rival challenges him to ride a record-setting load, he takes the bet and soon realizes he’s not just carrying suitcases; he’s carrying the future of the island, which is about to be paved over for profit. With the help of his pals on the dock and the love of a romantic, free-spirited Irish cellist named Erin, Jack digs deep to discover skills he didn't know he had. The Dockporter is an offbeat, nostalgic coming-of age-story that appeals to anyone who ever had a summer job.
If Rushmore director Wes Anderson remade Caddyshack but it emerged as a hybrid of Footloose and Meatballs (and was a book) it would be The Dockporter. Genre-smashing, hilariously fresh, yet refreshingly familiar, it's a novel about friends, family, love, luggage, and the summers we never forget.
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Designed with the natural sounds, and, if you really use your imagination, smells of Mackinac Island. Our producers visited the island to capture the island vibe and create the perfect audio vacation.
THE PERFECT SCORE
The Audible version of The Dockporter features a musical score that takes you beyond the typical narrated story. With a rich musical tapestry, this production feels like a movie.