I must admit that I have never listened to McLean's radio show, The Vinyl Cafe. I have read a few of his books however, including this one, which I think is terrific. In Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, McLean offers more stories about the fictional family that he has created - Dave and Morley, and their children Stephanie and Sam. McLean sets up some of the funniest, often over-the-top, situations for the members of the family, while keeping us interested because we can recognize ourselves in them (and maybe some of our relatives). What I really liked was McLean's ability to tell stories that are mostly funny, but are also sprinkled with touching life lessons along the way, without being too sappy.