One of the better listens and would be a good read in hardcover, too.
Simply a good story with interesting characters.
His voice reminds me of what Del might have sounded like.
Very satisfying story told at a slow, but definitely not boring, pace. Ford develops a true picture of each character as Del takes notice of their nuances. In addition, it's a totally plausible story for the 1960's, and I believe it could have happened. I grew up in the 1960's, and I remember families like the Parsons. They came and went in the rental houses in our neighborhood because nobody but families like the Parsons RENTED houses. Our parents bought one house and lived there all their lives, so a "rental family" was different. Ford nicely ties in the quiet chaos of the Parsons household with Del's observances of the seemingly day-to-day normalcy of the Lutheran church across the street without building any one-on-one interaction. It builds uncertainty and tension in the story. I was also fascinated that the basic personalities of Del and his sister pre-destined the road their lives would follow, which I think is generally true. Del sought education; his sister sought adventure, and true to form, their lives had completely different endings.
I wish Audible would provide a better product. I continually have to go back and try to find my place to listen. Audible apparently disables the ability to burn a book to even one disk so I can listen to it. The iPod just doesn't do well on audiobooks (probably unless you buy them from Apple). It is impossible to get a book burned to CD so I can listen to it and it never plays right on the iPod.
This story took forever to get started, but it was well worth the time and effort. I don't know if it is a true story or not, but I am glad I listened to it.
If you like this type of story, it is well worth the time and effort to listen to it. I could hear and see the story through the narrative.
It does take a while to get started. The characters are believable, especially the mother.
story was too slow and didn't take us where we wanted to go with it
Jeff Shara's new WW II novel
I don't follow narrators.
we needed more reason to care about these characters than we got. very little humanity until the final scenes with the sister.
I was just disappointed overall. I didn't like any of the characters enough.
Richard Ford has created an amazing interior world in "Canada." His protagonist, a fifteen year old, feels completely credible -- a boy abandoned to the inside of his head by family events far out of his control. His voice struck me as both riveting AND convincing, despite the fact that he describes his universe in prose far beyond what any 15 year old would use. I also loved Ford's ability to describe the North American West of the 1950's and 1960's with piercing accuracy -- forming scenes as vivid as those of Annie Proulx or Ivan Doig.
The narrator, Holter Graham, sounds real, as if he were a young & bewildered boy much like the main character. His speaking voice was able to convey the rhythm of Ford's words in a seemingly effortless manner. No overacting, no dramatizing -- just a highly skilled reading.
So your parents are bank robbers; okay, an interesting starting point. But not enough to create a story around - at least not in this book. The listener is expected to believe that the boy can remember the minutest details after 50 years. And then the details don't add up to anything. The only reason I listened to the whole book is because the reader is good and keeps you hoping something interesting is around the corner. But there is not.
shorten the stream of consciousness descriptions
limited the 16 year old's obsessive dwelling over and over on thoughts
An enjoyable book but too long and tedious.
Interesting idea. So much foreshadowing. The author tells you time and time again what is going to happen so there's no surprise when anything does actually happen.
I can't compare since I did not read, only listened. However, the reader did a great job; I really did not want this to end. What a great story, beautifully written and an excellent reader. I intend to read more of Ford's work.
Making it interesting.
Don't make the boys voice so weird.
SOOOOOOOOOO slow and totally boring. Don't do it!!