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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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    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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    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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    Rick Urcuquí, Ecuador 04-17-17
    Rick Urcuquí, Ecuador 04-17-17 Member Since 2013

    In a peaceful, verdant valley on the Equator, the sun always sets at 6, and a good audiobook is always the perfect evening companion

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    "Minnesota Nice"

    A summer of mystery in small-town Minnesota of 1961 is a competent story, and even better than that, related in the voice of a 13-year-old boy. Its fully formed characters and unexpected plot twists make for a real page-turner. It evokes fond memories of many a steamy July in the upper Midwest where I grew up.

    I want to like this book better than I do. Yet in a single midsummer month of mysterious death, attempted suicide, murder—even nudity and clandestine teen pregnancy—the players maintain a sanitized, saccharine quality that defies believability. If a great novel is a feast of hearty, multigrain sourdough, this one is Wonder Bread. A book doesn’t need to be vile to have value, but it ought to be credible.

    But as I said, it’s a cliffhanger. The murder culprit is a mystery until, with 40 minutes to go, you realize how obvious it should have been, and wasn’t at all.

    In the epilogue, the now-grown boy reminisces on the bond between the living and the dead. A wise old Indian, Warren Redstone, himself one of several murder suspects, offers some Native American wisdom: “They’re never far from us, you know. The dead. No more’n a breath. You let that last one go, and you’re with them again.”

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    Angela C. Brown 04-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Uplifting Story Telling"

    I am going to recommend it to my book club. I even think my high school aged son will enjoy it.

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    Michele McKeon Blooming Grove, New York USA 04-06-17
    Michele McKeon Blooming Grove, New York USA 04-06-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Good discussion book"

    I really like this book. I loved the narrator. I found the story engaging and until the end did not figure out the who done it. I liked the characters and found myself weeping in parts. I am very happy I recommended this book to my book club. I look forward to the discussion later this month.

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    Merlyn 04-05-17
    Merlyn 04-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Absolutely beautiful and thought-provoking"

    "Ordinary Grace" is a work of literature. I loved and admire every part of it.

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    Diona 04-01-17
    Diona 04-01-17
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    "slow start but amazing ending"

    A very well written and a great story that keeps you guessing! I find myself loving a couple different characters as the story emerged.

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    Burklurka 03-31-17
    Burklurka 03-31-17
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    "Close to perfection"

    Even though I suspected what the ending was about half way through the book, the writing was so satisfying that I wanted to savor it long after the story ended. A great book - thought provoking and entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ida 03-23-17
    Ida 03-23-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Who could imagine that it would happen to them?"

    This is an extremely well developed story. I was able to picture the characters in my mind as the story was read. There is a natural ability to connect some way to each of the characters because as a listener I felt that I knew these people or knew someone who knew them or their stories. The setting was exquisitely described. Very picturesque setting for a childhood, with tragic under tones. Parts of the story were shocking and heart-breaking. Who would have thought it could happen? I will end here as I do not want to reveal too much of the story line. I will listen to it again. The narration was superb. Will look for more by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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