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Ordinary Grace Audiobook

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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    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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    D. Witscher Long Beach 04-17-16
    D. Witscher Long Beach 04-17-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Family tragedy and redemption"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, it is a great story


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rich Orlow’s performances?

    good reader


    Did Ordinary Grace inspire you to do anything?

    I cried at Ariel's funeral


    Any additional comments?

    Story is captivating, Only flaws were several incidences which were not quite believable:
    Jake's cure was one of them that stands out. A little heavy handed on the Christian take on things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leo Chiago 04-10-16
    Leo Chiago 04-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Do you believe"

    nice read with a spiritual overtone. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about the grace of god

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    Patricia COLUMBUS, OH, United States 04-04-16
    Patricia COLUMBUS, OH, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Could have called it The Eavesdropper"
    Which character – as performed by Rich Orlow – was your favorite?

    Probably Jake, the younger brother who gets a backbone through his family's tragedy. I liked Gus too -- he always seems to know what to say and do.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a stand alone book from William Kent Krueger, a departure from his Cork O'Connor novels. The narrator is a kid. the oldest son of a minister and a choir director. Though there are several deaths in their small town, a couple don't really count, that is, they never tie strongly into the story. A story which is often advanced because the narrator is hiding at the top of the stairs, listening through the heating grate, huddled in the next room, etc. In other words, a lot of what we learn comes from Frank's eavesdropping on the adults. It's not a bad literary device, but it's overused here. Positive: the story takes you back to the early 1960's quite well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring story of Faith amidst tragedy"

    This is a great and very well written book. I would recommend this to all but especially to a teenage audience. It's not often themes that are difficult to discuss in real life are beautifully written and expressed in a novel..
    EXCELLENT!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia COTUIT, MA, United States 03-31-16
    Patricia COTUIT, MA, United States 03-31-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    This was a beautiful story about love and grace. Thoroughly enjoyed the relationships between the characters.

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    jo 03-23-16
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    "There is nothing "ordinary" about this book"
    If you could sum up Ordinary Grace in three words, what would they be?

    Not an ordinary book at all - Amazing story and amazing narrator. I hated to reach the end of the book. Listened to it every spare minute and finished in 2 days. I would have listened straight through if I could have.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just when you think you have it figured out something changes


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

    No but I will be looking for books that he narrates in the future!


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

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to 50 plus books in the last 2 years and this one would be rated among the top five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lucille Drinkall 03-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book"

    excellent book that had really good characters. more depth to the plot than I expected.

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    Mary Alice 03-21-16
    Mary Alice 03-21-16
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    "We were all 13 once"
    What did you love best about Ordinary Grace?

    A great "coming of age" story. Frank Drum learns about prejudice, family, relationships and himself. The story was very real to me. I was stretched by one character who was gay in the story, I wasn't sure what the point of that was. The dynamics between Frank and Jake reminded me of my sibling and I. Getting in the way, loving, hating and standing up for each other. As Frank explores how he looks at life and the world around him, it reminded me of myself at that age. There were things I wanted to understand. Grace, the little ones especially, is to be treasured.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. He seemed so open, so strong in a way that was not obvious immediately. Although the townspeople seemed to only see Jake as a stutterer, he seemed deeper than that to me.


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    Rich did a good job with portraying the different people in the town.


    Who was the most memorable character of Ordinary Grace and why?

    Gus. I had a friend like Gus. A grown-up who took me seriously and cared about me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Davis Minnesota 03-21-16
    Rebecca Davis Minnesota 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for listening."

    I realized by the third sentence that I had already listened to this book once before. However, even the second time through, I was already hooked and had to keep listening. I think perhaps I enjoyed it even more the second time through!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    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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