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!
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I loved Mr. McLarty's Memory of Running so much I was afraid to read this one. My fear eased after about 10 minutes into the story. This book (like the previous one) has the ability to make the characters feel like old acquaintances whose lives are suddenly brought into focus. I am always amazed when a writer can make the everyday person's life fascinating. While this novel is slightly less unique than his previous work (how could it NOT be?), it does work at many different levels. I can hardly wait for novel number three.
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.