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)
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.
This is a wonderful touching story, from the eyes of a 13 yr old boy, filled with struggles & emotion, empathy, & grace!
I bought this off of the audible sale rack and what a great find. I tend to read the same crime/mystery authors who have recurring characters. This was a great change of pace.
I don't usually give five star reviews unless I can't find a flaw. Truly, this book is worthy of five stars across the board. The narration was superb. Just enough of a vocal inflection to change the character, but not over the top. Orlow even captured a deaf persons speech beautifully.
The book seemed to drag a little for me in the beginning, but most audio books do, because I am still learning about the characters, setting, and plot. So I gave it some more time and I'm glad I did. I was captivated by the small town life in the 1960s and the relationships between the characters. And curious how a thirteen year old boy was going to figure out what to do with each twist and turn. Krueger obviously knows his craft, as he executed each one like a pro, making the story not only believable, but enriching the plot.
A writer myself, I admit that I was attracted to the book because of the similar genre and time (Coming of age in the 1960s). I'm always looking to read/listen to books that can help me hone my craft and voice. At times, I was so drawn into the story that I forgot to pay attention to how the author got there and how he resolved the conflict, and other times, I was so taken by the his rich writing that I forgot to listen to the story. A win-win.
I recommend this book to those who enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird, or Angela's Ashes, as well as anyone who just wants to read a good book!
At first listen I was not sure I wanted to continue but was intrigued when the author hinted that indeed there was going to be a death that I knew this family would personally be affected by. It hurt to want to know and hurt to think I should not hear more about it. The story of how this family and others get through such extraordinary circumstances is incredible. It seemed though a bit odd that so many deaths occurred and I was at a point thinking no not another one but the reasons behind them were tied in. I enjoyed the narration as he didn't act as he didn't talk like a little boy yet I felt like I was viewing the story from a young boys point view. Great story and the ending was worth the entire listen.
Krueger plants you firmly in 1961 rural Minnesota with a sure hand. Loved the voice he uses - the teenage son of a minister. While the story unfolds with moral quandaries and multiple tragedies, it never loses sight of the great healing power of ordinary grace. Highly recommended.
This book is very well written. As you listen to it you can picture the surroundings and the personalities of the characters are explained in great detail. The authors laid-back writings make this an easy listening book. Perfect title for a perfect book.
In the spirit of Stand by Me, coming of age in a small Minnesota town. A thoughtful young man with a strong sense of character faces a summer of many tragedies in the town. Most of the characters are broken by something in their lives, which makes them suspect in local deaths. This story conveys the spiritual journey we may experience as our beliefs are tested by hard experience, and how life is enriched by family and friends.
I liked the narrators voice and pacing.
Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird and Stand By Me. Nice writing--- vivid. Slow story. Poor character development and extremely predictable. Disappointed.
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