Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Uncommon Type

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 more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if...

Details Uncommon Type

TitleUncommon Type
Release DateOct 17th, 2017
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Adult, Audiobook, Anthologies, Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Short Story Collection, Humor, Comedy

Reviews Uncommon Type

  • Elyse
    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 ...
  • Sam
    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 typewrite...
  • Linda Quinn
    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.
  • Lori
    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 ...
  • James
    Tom Hanks is an actor who puts you at ease and you feel he is just a 'regular' guy. He appears to be that everyman and so comfortable to approach if you needed directions to an address or if he was your neighbor or your bank loan officer or mailman or ... just anybody. He is mostly called our modern day 'Jimmy Stewart' in his style and image, but I think of him more as our 'Jack Lemmon'. Hanks can be in a serious drama or a comedy and still give ...
  • 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. Car...
  • Allison
    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 Netgalley.com, 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 ...
  • Lostaccount
    Oh no, not another celebrity book! I must be a sucker for punishment. Reading so far, it looks as though Tom Hanks picked some details here and there from scripts he read over the years and tried to build stories around them - he probably didn't write them anyway. I'll reserve judgment until the end, assuming I get that far. Great urge to DNF.***drawing a line here for my review: Kindle edition, not hardcoverFinished with this. Did DNF in the end...
  • Astrid Lim
    I LOVE IT! Who knows that Tom Hanks is actually a good storyteller? (Well, I didn't know)The stories are warm, intriguing, with great sense of humor and a touch of longing. He experimented with different styles of writing and all are well written! I just wish there are some stories that are more heartbreaking or bittersweet - no apparent reason, just because I love short stories with heartbreaking or bittersweet endings and I think Hanks can writ...
  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    A fantastic collection of stories!I am so happy to have read the stories that come from Tom Hanks' brain. With tales from another time, or about issues from then or now, and even some spark of ingenuity, I was rapt. I do have favorites though. Go See Costas is my top choice. It's a story about life in a new country, and the struggle within language and culture barriers. Quite prolific! I'm going to share a little part with you all, so you can get...
  • Taylor
    I have to admit that I was a little sceptical going into this one as I only know Tom Hanks from his films. Was this another actor who fancied himself a writer? What I was met with was a delightful collection of short stories. I generally don’t care for short stories (I prefer something I can really get my teeth into) but I thoroughly enjoyed each of the offerings. The stories differ in terms of settings, formats, and subject matter but are tied...
  • R. Bonne
    I picked this book up and read through several stories, hoping that one might be a gem. Sadly, all I found were turds.
  • Darren
    I won this book as a arc giveaway on this site. I enjoyed reading it. It is a book of fiction stories by Tom Hanks. It is his first journey into writing fiction story. I think this book will sell good when it comes out this fall.
  • CynthiaA
    Disclaimer: I received an advance readers copy from goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Well, Tom Hanks, it really DOES seem like there is nothing you cannot do. These were delightful short stories. Nothing earth shattering, but really solid entertaining snippets of Hanks' keen observation of humanity. The theme of the typewriter throughout was noticeable without overwhelming any of the stories. Christmas Eve 1953 explores how a WW2 vet "...
  • ❀ Susan G
    https://ayearofbooksblog.com/2017/10/...Thank you to Alfred A. Knopf/Random House for sending an Advance Reader Copy of Uncommon Type which was won through a Goodreads Giveaway.Tom Hanks has departed from acting in this creative endeavour, writing a collection of short stories which were all linked to the obsolete typewriter. The stories focused (mostly) on everyday life situations (Christmas, divorce and bowling except for one tale of time trave...
  • Emma
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I’ve often said I’m not really one for short stories so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this. As with most of the world, I am a big Tom Hanks fan, he comes across as such a nice, lovely person and his films are always superb. I feel like I know him a little better now after reading ‘Uncommon Type’. You can truly hear his voice in every single story and it’s a voice that suits story tellin...
  • Sarah
    I saw this on NetGalley and knew that no number of reviews from even trusted sources would do. Patrons are going to want to know about this and "I read a good review" is not going to cut it. I like this actor but I'm not a die-hard fan; I probably haven't seen a quarter of his movies, although I would say that he is very versatile and all his characters are unique. That's impressive, but doesn't necessarily translate to being a good author-- I've...
  • Cynthia
    Now I've literally finished reading this about 4 seconds ago so it's gonna be fresh meat for everyone! Hourray! - Did I enjoy Uncommon Type?<\i> YES!! I was a fun read.- Is it part of my neverending list of favorite books? No. Don't ask me why, I don't know either. It's a feeling. You have it or you don't...- Will I read it again?<\i> Some stories yes and others no.Overall, I think I enjoyed most stories. Some were boring as hell but most were ve...
  • Jennifer
    I received this book as an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway.I really wish 1/2 star ratings were possible. While this collection of short stories fell short of a 5* rating, I do think it merits higher than 4*. I have to admit that my expectations were not high going in to this read. Tom Hanks is a great actor, but can he also write? However, I was curious, entered the giveaway and settled in to read the stories once my book arrived. I soon discove...
  • Amber Daugherty
    Tom Hanks wrote a book of short stories and it's awesome. From a man who can't stop himself from travelling back to the 1939 World Fair to a boy who learns his father is not who he thinks he is during a surfing trip on Mars, to a group of friends who decide to take a trip around the moon, this book is full of entertaining, real characters you'll want to actually meet. Super quick read, super fun - would highly recommend you pick it up.
  • Kim McGee
    Tom Hanks writes about characters that he would love to play in the movie had they been written. This collection of stories holds a myriad of emotions, settings and time periods (yes he has one time-travel piece) with two common threads - the typewriter and uncommonly normal men and women.You love the characters because you have something in common with all of them - some win, some lose, some heroic and some timid but they are all borne of the hu...
  • Shilpa
    There's nothing common about Tom Hanks. His stories are imaginative and different, but each possess that human element that is relatable. Playful, sad, satirical and poignant, Tom Hanks knows how to tell a story. His stories are imaginative, just as much as they are subtle and transparent. They provide a moment of discovery and leave you with that "Aha" moment, wondering how he's able to write so succinctly and purposefully. Full Review: http://s...
  • Lisa
    Not bad. decent short stories.
  • Diane
    I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.Is there anything Tom Hanks can't do? Great book, refreshing, unique voice, with interesting, realistic, vivid stories and characters.
  • Chrys
    An interesting series of short stories, there is a gentle sense of humour running through his observations of humanity. This is not a man who just performs, he also pays close attention to the world around him.
  • Agnes Marshall
    Tom Hanks is definitely a multi talented guy!