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Ordinary Grace | [William Kent Krueger]

Ordinary Grace

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.
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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

©2013 William Kent Krueger (P)2013 Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

“Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a stand-alone novel that shares much with his other work.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-22-14
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "The summer of '61!"

    This audiobook is a solid 4 1/2 star accomplishment--wonderful story, excellent narration. It takes place in Minnesota during the fateful summer of 1961 and is narrated by a 13 year old boy. You could call it a coming of age story but it is so much more. It is a family-oriented tale involving a minister, his wife (who has not come to terms with marrying a man who subsequently became a minister), and their teenage daughter and two younger sons, age 13 and 11. There is a great deal of townsfolk involvement in the family's life and in their story.

    l am not a religious person. Although religion plays a strong role in this story, it is not shoved down your throat and seems to work very well with the plot. This story has alot of angst and sadness, but there is also a great deal of love shining through to make it seem like there is hope for recovery in the end. For me, this story is somewhat reminiscent of the Ivan Doig novels, which I have greatly enjoyed. There is a very informative interview with the author at the end of the audiobook.

    This beautiful story is highly recommended! Don't miss it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy 08-12-13
    Lucy 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "So much sadness!"
    What did you love best about Ordinary Grace?

    I really liked this book and LOVED the narrator. It was a book with soooo much sadness but ultimately was a satisfying read. I'd recommend it as long as the overarching sadness isn't too much for you. I have a friend who hated the book but I enjoyed it. Go figure.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 01-01-14
    Kitty Reno, NV 01-01-14 Member Since 2014

    I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.

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    "This is not your typical mystery..."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, while it is not the typical mystery with the "edge of my seat" excitement, it did involve trying to figure out "who done it."

    The book takes you back to a simpler time. Kids went outside and rode their bikes. They did not play video games all day.

    I purchased this book just because of the author's name, I have all of his " Cork O'Connor" series and enjoyed them all.

    This book entertains and that is why I buy books! Well worth the time and credit. Enjoy!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    kbian 03-24-15
    kbian 03-24-15
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    "Great story"

    "Leave It To Beaver" on steroids. This book was on sale, so I didn't expect much. However, the reviews were very positive. One of the best stories I've ever heard!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-17-15
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 03-17-15 Member Since 2014

    retired writer

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    "Beyond Ordinary ~ Coming of Age Murder Mystery"

    This remarkable coming of age story is told by 13 year-old Frank Drum. The story moves at a steady and consistent pace. It held my attention until the very end. The story reminded me of "To Kill A Mockingbird" in many ways as it deals with life issues which are impacted by issues of morality or immorality. Frank's father is the town's Preacher so the story has teaching moments throughout. The overall story has a bit of racism, some mental health issues, and religious activities. My favorite scenes were where Frank would hang around corners eavesdropping on adult conversations. The story is well written and well narrated. I recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elena Burns 03-09-15
    Elena Burns 03-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining But not great"

    Interesting book but the end was obvious and began to drag on a bit
    to get to what I already knew.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia 03-03-15
    Cynthia 03-03-15
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    "5 Stars!"

    I loved this book from beginning to end! Vivid characters, superb narration, and a story that was at the same time uplifting, exciting and heart-wrenching! I could not recommend this book more highly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michele 02-27-15
    Michele 02-27-15
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    "William Kent Krueger writes another beautiful book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Krueger is a master author, and the narration is unobtrusive and allows the story to go forward while maintaining interest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The family, a pastor, his wife and three children live in the Heartland where each character develops and grows while facing larger spiritual questions. There is a traumatic loss that has a ripple effect throughout their small community. Each character in the family addressed larger issues (prejudice, assumptions, belief in or faith in God, ways to communicate) and each changes and grows in different ways. By the end, each character is further 'polished' and moves further toward individuation and understanding. There was a warm understanding of small towns and small town dynamics, an understanding of a bygone era where people would go to the drugstore for a rootbeer or phosphate (that was actually done back in the day!) and an 'aliveness' to the writing that sometimes made me feel I could feel the breeze rustling the curtains on a hot day.


    What does Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very good narrator who was 'unobtrusive' but told the story in an easy to listen to way.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - though I couldn't. It was a reward at the end of each day - much appreciated.


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Loy 02-26-15
    Nancy Loy 02-26-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Engaging"

    Simple plot. Easy to keep up with the characters. Good reader. Stick with it through part 1. It's worth it when you you get to part 2.

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    Daryl Houston, TX United States 02-13-15
    Daryl Houston, TX United States 02-13-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Five Stars All The Way Around!"

    This book was an extremely pleasant surprise for me. It is much in the same vein as "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "A Separate Peace." It is the telling of a middle aged man's look back to a pivotal summer of his childhood. The author has an assortment of colorful and very rich characters that seem to come alive in your mind. The narrator's performance was outstanding and he captured the spirit of the novel perfectly. The author mentions in an interview after the novel concludes that he thought the novel was meant to be read aloud. I agree. There are many audio books that don't translate well to the audio format. They seem a bit confusing and may not have illustrations, charts, or maps to help clarify the story as the printed books have. I totally agree with the author that this is a story that is meant to be told aloud as an oral history. The story does not have a lot of unnecessary detail that has the listener wondering when the author is ""going to get on with it". It may be a bit emotional or sentimental for some people, but I thought it was an outstanding effort overall and well worth your credit and your time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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