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Ordinary Grace Audiobook

Ordinary Grace

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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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    Big jim Picotto Great White North 01-28-15
    Big jim Picotto Great White North 01-28-15 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not much of a Mystery."

    Yes, i get its a well written book. But if you are looking for a mystery/suspense/thriller, walk away. This is none of them.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty 01-01-14
    Kitty 01-01-14 Member Since 2016

    Give me a good mystery and I am happy!

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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 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jaybird Kouch Frontenac, mn United States 04-12-13
    Jaybird Kouch Frontenac, mn United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2015

    kiska doozer

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    "great listen & great story"

    Have loved all of William Kent Krueger's books. This one was no exception. The end is predictable but getting there was exquisite. It is a good lesson in keeping hope & faith while undergoing very difficult personal tragedy. Title choice was right on.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Talechaser 08-29-15
    Talechaser 08-29-15

    Talechaser

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    "Boiler-plate box-ticker"
    What disappointed you about Ordinary Grace?

    I was disappointed by the entirely predictable plot and the unlikely characters. We have the Atticus Finch type father who apparently regrets doing his bit in the war (all former soldiers in this story are deeply scarred), the 'Holy child' brother and the early teens narrator with his 21st-century social values plonked into 1961 smalltown USA, with the occasional glance up at Stand By Me. Then there's the parade of falsely accused suspects drawn from the liberal box-ticker catalogue winding up with a smug veil of forgiveness for the guilty party, telegraphed from fairly early on in the story. There's hardly a single liberal trope left unploughed. The dialogue is wooden and the characters are cardboard saints. It's got the feel of something written by an ageing hippy whose recollection of 1961 is largely reconstructed from a wish list.


    What could William Kent Krueger have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing. It's irredeemable. If I hadn't paid so much for it, I wouldn't have let it run so long.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I spent most of the audiobook thinking there was a character called "Emo". Apparently this is Midwestern pronounciation for "Emil", so it's legit, but a bit confusing. Otherwise, narration was OK.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    New-age Christians will love it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Reademandweep 10-23-15 Member Since 2016

    and a penny for your thoughts

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    "Don't waste a credit"

    I am shocked by the five-star reviews on this book. I have not read the authors previous books so I can only speak about this one when I say his writing style is juvenile and almost laughable at times. He try's too hard to The extreme overuse of similes is distracting. I felt he was trying to be profound rather than just telling an honest story. I read a lot and I have never read an author so self-indulgent.
    There wasn't much plot which normally wouldn't be a problem for me. I like character analysis but these characters were uninteresting and overly simplistic, almost caricatures. There were so many physical handicaps in that small town I began to wonder about incest.
    The reader was OK. I think he did the best he could with the material.
    I do not recommend this book unless you can borrow it from a friend or get it for a $1.95. I happened to get this on the daily special but I would be sorely disappointed if I had used one of my credits.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. Conaghan Olathe, Ks 01-08-14
    S. Conaghan Olathe, Ks 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great author and Great reader"
    Where does Ordinary Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there at the very top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It revolved around a family and the people in the town and also it had mystery in it too.
    I really liked the family.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Be sure to listen to this book. You won't regret it.

    4 of 7 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 7 people found this review helpful
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    Alpham 08-18-16
    Alpham 08-18-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Refreshing"
    Where does Ordinary Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is definitely one of my favorites. I will remember this story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The twists felt new and kept my attention.


    Have you listened to any of Rich Orlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the Indian said to Frank: "you just killed me white boy."


    Any additional comments?

    Rich Orlow was one of, if not the, best narrator I have listened to over the past 10 years.
    He portrayed each character so they came alive. His voice is perfect for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne aldous salt lake city, UT United States 08-18-16
    adrienne aldous salt lake city, UT United States 08-18-16 Member Since 2009
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    "a nice surprise read"

    stumbled on this book and really enjoyed the rich characters and small time feel of the setting. There were lots of twists and turns that kept this small town in Minnesota hopping. I recommend this for some enjoyable light reading.

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    Kathleen 08-17-16
    Kathleen 08-17-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspired!"

    This book was definitely one of my favorite listens! Narration was superb. I would recommend to anyone.

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    WALSALL, United Kingdom
    12/14/14
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    "Far from an Ordinary Thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would happily recommend this novel. It's extremely well written with good quality characterisations that hold your interest and really make you care about what happens to each of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ordinary Grace?

    The over-whelming impact on the Drum family of the various incidents that unfold. Tremendous writing.


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    Sensitively read and nothing 'over the top' which would have ruined the delicate balance of this novel


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The burden put onto the father of the Drum family. I'm not a believer in the religious sense and at times it could have been so easy to feel an edge of impatience taking over, but it's so well written that finally I just couldn't fail to be moved by his stoicism.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. The descriptive passages devoted to both the locations, era and characters made it a memorable experience. There are no particularly gripping moments or shocking revelations here but taken as a 'whole' this is a murder mystery that will not fail to grip you and will stay with you long after you've finished it. For me, that's the test of a good book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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