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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“Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a stand-alone novel that shares much with his other work.” (Kirkus Reviews)
This is a book that was enhanced by the wonderful narrator. He did a superb job. At the end of the book, the author mentions that he thinks the book would be improved by being read aloud, and he is correct. The book is wonderfully written and the author evokes a time and place long gone in America. The characters are people I really cared for and the sorrow that comes to them in the story really moved me. I wished I could read a book just like it when it was finished.
The characters were so real and the writing drew me in to the story.
I liked the characters so much , they are quirky and real
The narration is creative fun and soothing.
Yes, several moments brought me to tears.
At the end of this audiobook, there is an interview with the author who mentions this is a book that should be told....read aloud in the American tradition of storytelling. How right he is! This is well written and avoids the pitfalls of over dramatization with such diverse characters. It is a coming-of-age book....you love this flawed family and are relieved when they find peace and redemption. The book begins and ends at the perfect time. The reader has wonderful intonation and articulation. Great book!
For a book that has a thread of mystery that pulls you through the pages, the author didn't skimp on character development. It ticked all the boxes - gripping plot, solid character development, distinct voices, a tangible setting. I also enjoyed that it took place in a preacher's home - and the dimension that added to it.
This book reminded me of "Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter" and "Chiefs" - not only because it was set in the recent past, but also because the mystery was supported by well developed characters.
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.
Say something about yourself!
An incredible insight into a teens memory of a summer that changed lives. Could not put it down.
On a personal note, the dialogue about loss was very poignant and after 5 years since my child died, it gave me a perspective on my sad event. Perhaps I was ready to hear a different view of loss and death. But it helped.
Looking forward to another novel by this author.
It is up there at the very top.
It revolved around a family and the people in the town and also it had mystery in it too.
I really liked the family.
Oh Rich Orlow's voice! This was a great story, but with Rich Orlow reading it, I was mesmerized. I stayed up all through the night listening to him. I could not quit listening to him. Now I am reviewing other books he has narrated. Just listen to him and you will also be addicted to his voice.
Yes, it was. It was approx 10 hour book. I have never listened to a book that long. It was an all nighter and part of the morning. I had the luxury of not working today so I could finishing listening to Rich Orlow's engaging voice.
Be sure to listen to this book. You won't regret it.
To get a better idea of my background. I am a working class white male in my forties. I love good fiction, and I love smart books. I have drifted towards a lot of European writers like Reginald Hill, Val McDermid.,Etc....
I think the only brain hiccup that I had was - Trying to listen to it as a murder mystery. I don't think the intention was to totally fool anyone. It was my first Kent Krueger book - Even though I have had a lot of his books in my wish list... The reviews are very mismatched on his books.... I wouldn't call this the greatest book ever - But I enjoyed it very much... It was a good (Story)
I don't usually choose books of fiction, but with all of the great reviews I had to pick this one. Ordinary Grace is a great listen, a good, although slow moving mystery story about life in a small, quiet town through the eyes of two young brothers which takes place in 1961. I found it a little slow at first, but something kept me listening till the end. It takes many turns and keeps you guessing the answer right to the end. I would definitely recommend and I will start to delve deeper into stories like this one.
Engrossing, nostalgic, and well-written. But just three words don't really do this fine novel justice.
I chose Ordinary Grace because I thought it sounded a little like Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon, which is another absolutely wonderful novel. It is like that, at least on the surface – a story about a 13-year-old boy who lives in a small town in Minnesota, and how several deaths, including a murder, affect him and his family. But it’s a much larger story than that; it’s about family, love, life, God, and “God’s awful grace” (a quote from Aeschylus), plus ordinary grace as referred to in the title. It's not a story about religion, though.
Rich Orlow was the perfect choice as narrator; his flat, Midwestern accent is perfect, and he gives each character – males, females, and a wide variety of ages – distinctive and very believable voices.
It's possible that a movie could be made of this book, but I'm doubtful any film would be anywhere as good, so I'm content if no one makes one.
I absolutely loved this Audible title -- perhaps more than if I had simply read it -- and I will definitely listen to it again at some point.. Highly recommended.
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