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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Frances 12-31-13
    J Frances 12-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Hall 11-22-13
    Jim Hall 11-22-13 Member Since 2013

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    "A gem of a story, extremely well told"
    If you could sum up Ordinary Grace in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing, nostalgic, and well-written. But just three words don't really do this fine novel justice.


    What other book might you compare Ordinary Grace to and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-06-13
    Jennifer Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 08-06-13 Member Since 2011

    Jennifer B.

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    "Almost perfect"

    This is a book that makes you want to write one of your own, based on your childhood memories. But you could never do as well as William Kent Kreuger has done here. I was completely immersed in the Minnesota landscape, I could feel the heat and the worry, and the darkness. It's not often that I cry while listening to an audio book, but I cried many times while listening to the extraordinary work.

    The only nit I would pick is that it becomes almost unbelievable that the young hero is always present (through eavesdropping, or overhearing, or circumstance) in all of the key plot developments.

    Go ahead, and buy this one. It's almost perfect.

    1 of 1 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 2014

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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce A. Abrahamson Mpls., MN 04-02-13
    Bruce A. Abrahamson Mpls., MN 04-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A great read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. I knew going in it was not a Cork O'Connor mystery. Althought it was quite different then the other books written by Mr Krueger I enjoyed Ordinary Grace as much if not more !


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-08-13
    Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States 06-08-13 Member Since 2010

    Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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    "Very Ordinary"

    I had high hopes for this story based on the positive and generally affectionate reviews from the author’s loyal fans. I was therefore disappointed that in my opinion, the story, while generally good, had some execution flaws that brought it down. The narrative is saturated with similies and metaphors, many of them repeated more than once, that were distracting in their lack of imagination. The dialogue felt self-conscious and stilted, leaning way too often into golly gee “Leave it to Beaver” territory. An editor needed to help delete a few scenes that added nothing to either plot progression or character development (a marriage counseling session for instance). And the narration, while not the fault of the author, was only adequate, especially in the interpretation of the dialogue – generally failing to communicate genuine emotions of the characters.

    Regarding the plot, as I said, it was generally good, and I did develop affection for some of the characters, especially Gus, Jake and Dad. There were a couple of characters who seemed to be written as though they had greater impact on the story but then kind of fizzled out red herring style. I figured out the solution very quickly and was impatient with the wrap up. I give it about a 2.5, so I’ll round up to 3 stars, and probably won’t be looking for more from this author.

    9 of 14 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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-14-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 09-14-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "A town and a time like Mayberry"

    This book, set in 1961, crept deep into my heart and senses. The story is about Frank and his younger brother, Jake. Their dad is the Methodist minister. They have an older sister, Ariel, a senior in high school, about to go off to college. Their mom, not the typical preacher's wife, spends her days wishing her husband had become the brilliant attorney, his first career choice . . . but who later decided to go to seminary, after he returned home from the war. The small town that they live in, much like Mayberry, changes that summer beginning with the death of a small boy . . . and then things begin on a course of pain and change that will haunt and cut their family and the townspeople to the core . . . and threaten all they believe in. This story is their path through that . . . and it is an amazing, tearful, frightening journey, bringing one face to face with all the best and the worst in the people . . . and teaching two young boys about true grace.

    2 of 3 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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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