There's always time for reading
McLarty's tale reminds me somewhat of Rabbit, Run, only with a positive, more healthy perspective. This book is really a great read - the story is totally engaging, the dialog excellent, and the ending fabulous. Strongly recommend it. It's a great "guys' book" - particularly if you're in your mid-40s, like me.
This book was tragic and riveting and touching and just great. I sat in parking lots several times because I couldn't stop listening and I hated for it to end.
This is my kind of book: laugh a lot, feel for the character, ache at times, and wish there was more at the end. In fact, the ending for me had the kind of bittersweet feeling of watching a cherished friend move away. You know you probably won't see each other again, but you are so happy you got to know one another.
Granted, the begining does start a bit slow, and the main character, Smitty, can be agonizing in his dopeyness-- but it is just this that makes you care for him so much by the end.
If you related to On the Road or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, or if you enjoy the adventures of Bill Bryson, or was transfixed by American society in Travels with Charley, you will find those same joys here.
Well developed characters, intriguing plot line, a book you will think about long after listening. One of my favorites. From the heart.
What a wonderful book! While I often find that, as much as I love listening, I miss the physical act of reading, I just can't believe that McLarty's novel isn't actually enhanced by the audiobook form. McLarty's terrific as narrator. His characters are made real not by tricky voices or artificial tics but by his sensitive use of rhythm and style and marvelous nuance. I found this book very moving and tremendously funny.
The Memory of Running is what every audio book should be - wonderful to listen too. It's a beautifully written and narrated story that I was sorry to finish. The characters are real and engaging and the plot interesting and believable. I cannot believe the author could not find a print publisher for the story. I would buy a print version and I think it would make a great film. I'll definately look out for more books by this author/narrator - he's excellent.
With his simple, clear, and understated prose, Ron McLarty has written and narrated the finest audible book I've heard. Ron has a wonderful way of showing you Smithy Ide's inner life, which Smithy himself is mostly unaware of. The people Smithy encounters and the stories he hears on the road give an unflinching look at all aspects of humanity in all its messiness, cruelty, and kindness. I literally could not stop listening to this book until it was finished.
I loved this book. The author weaves several tales into one in this first person narrative. I couldn't wait to see if Norma and Smithy tied it up in the end.