... and you should, then you will love this. Not only are both these books great stories, Ron McLarty is the best narrator of other people's books (check his readings of Richard Russo's classics), so you can imagine how well he can find the voice of his own characters in his reading of The Traveler.
Ron McLarty has become one of my favorite authors. His writing covers pretty much of every emotion that we feel as people. I always feel like I'm right there in the story on the sidelines watching everything happen as he reads it. He is also as good as you get when it comes to narrating.
Just solid all the way around.
Ron McLarty has the best of both worlds. Having already listened to Memories of Running after having spotted it in Stephen King review, and Art in America -both also read by the author- Traveler fell right in between in content with the same top-notch narrating McLarty never needs worry about future narrators. If you have listened to Memories of Running already then fear-not you will definitely enjoy this one. If you have not, then you are in for not only one treat, but two as you will be so entertained, Mr. McLarty's Memories of Running will probably be your next buy, and well worth it!
Best audio of 2007 (so far!) I really likd MofR, but I liked this one better. McClarty has a way with with character that really pulls you in. Admittedly the ending was a little "cliche" but I so loved the telling of the story and the people, that the weak ending didn't really bother me. McClarty proves himself a worthy storyteller (and reader) in this audio. An excellent second novel. Most writers should be so lucky.
I think Memory of Running is one of my favorite books I have ever listened to. Ron's reading is a delight. This book is written in a similar vein, with some of the same east Providence locales. It isn't a 5 star book. I have given it 4 stars to encourage, Ron, Audible, and Penguin to give this man a full time contract to write!
I found this audio book dissapointing. To me it sounded like alot of little short stories about Jono's past weaved into a "mystery" novel. There are ethnic slurs and strong language that some readers might find offensive. I did not feel that the strong language added to the story or to understanding or sympathizing with the main character...the language just made the story harsh. By the time the Jono starts to figure out the "mystery" he has added so much impertinent information (and not much information about the injured party) that I lost interest. I did enjoy the narration, it was well executed with different voices for each character.