I found this book to be wonderfully descriptive and imaginative. The simple optimism of Smithy in spite of all his hardships was very refreshing. Great job of narrating as well!
I kept thinking the main character was kind of wierd, but at the same time I really liked listening to his thoughts. Without treating them as victims - it gives a unique point of view on how mental illness affects family members.I did not want it to end - and when it did I wanted a sequal.
Wonderfully written and read by McLarty - this Odyssey takes a tragic character and follows him as he finds meaning and value in his life. A great listen. Long but unstoppable - with a great ending.
The good things are solid: tender attention to relevant detail, depth of characters, believable quirks, breathable landscapes. You are there.
This is an American family story beginning in the early 1960s, lower-white-middle class, with excellent parents and two children, both damaged in their own ways. The parents stay classy. They're saints without sentimentality or religion, and they never disappear into stereotype. For their love and steadfast loyalty, they deserved better.
The story is a dirge. Despite the excellent details (scene-setters), "The Memory of Running" fails to rise to the material. If you know that one child is mentally ill and the other worn-out from caring and worrying about her, plus then clobbered by Vietnam, you have it, any story with these particulars. Good details don't save it from lacking tread on its tires.
The narrator is peripheral to his own life. While that is interesting in its own way, him standing beside himself, narrating, more his shadow than his substance, it ultimately wore me out. While I liked this story and rooted hard for the writer, I wouldn't have bought the book had I understood it better. A downer like this has to wake you up rather than lull you to depressed sleep, wishing it were over.
The narrator, of course, was fabulous.
The story of this book is quite interesting but the narrators flat voice just droned on with almost no change in inflection, that it got to the stage where i couldnt stand it any longer. Poor Smithy had to be left somewhere along his ride as it became impossible to listen any more. A shame really because the story was good. Maybe i will buy the book!
I couldn’t even finish this book. It was an insult to my intelligence, crude, base and so boring. I had to “fast forward” many parts because they were so vulgar. I can’t believe it was rated so high! I will NEVER trust those ratings again! I finally just quit listening, I don’t have to subject myself to that. I’m just disgusted I wasted time and money on it. I had to give it one star because it wouldn't let me save it without giving it one.