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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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    EB 09-24-16
    EB 09-24-16
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    "Interesting coming of age story set in 1960s."
    What did you love best about Ordinary Grace?

    I really enjoyed the descriptions of life in this time. The characters are well done and likeable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T 09-23-16
    T 09-23-16
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    "Vital, emotionally intelligent, a bit predictable"

    Found this book fresh and worthwhile without being cloying or annoyingly religious. Narrator annoyed me at first by inserting brief pauses, breaking the flow of sentences. I almost stopped but he left off and was fine.--not even excessively dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Smith 09-20-16
    Shawn Smith 09-20-16
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    "This book will stop with me a long time."

    This book is so well written and interesting. I'm still thinking about the ending as well as the entirety of the story. The narration was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book. (There are a few bouts of foul language, including one use of the F word, just in case a mom is listening with little ears around.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta 09-16-16
    Loretta 09-16-16
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    "Easy to listen to this reader."

    Loved the voices. Well done. The story kept the reader guessing. Easy to see the author has written mysteries.

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    Patricia Cavanagh 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "An experience"

    This was an experience that touched me and sent my memory back to loss and tragedy that I and my family have experienced. The emotions conveyed by the characters are very relatable. It was just a wonderful book -- and helps me as I always strive for "ordinary grace."

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    Christine Rose Mpls, MN USA 09-15-16
    Christine Rose Mpls, MN USA 09-15-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Beautiful"

    Loved the story, the writing and the narration was perfect. I plan on listening to it again just for the enjoyment of it.

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    Deborah Earle 09-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Book!!"

    This book was entertaining and a edge of your seat book. I loved the family aspect of the story. it was very unpredictable. The book was great that it was told from a 13 year old.

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    Sandra 09-14-16
    Sandra 09-14-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautiful yet tragic story of a small town in 1961"

    This book has everything. A beautifully written story of a small town in Minnesota with may diverse characters in an age of innocence 1961. Worth your time.

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    boohog 09-13-16
    boohog 09-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Haunting"

    This book will probably stay will me the rest of my life. So tender. So nostalgic. So human. We all have weaknesses and it is through those weaknesses and the "terrible grace of God" we become who we are supposed to be. DON'T miss the interview with the author at the end.

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    B. Lynn 09-12-16
    B. Lynn 09-12-16
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    "Excellent book!"

    Great story! So intrigued I listened to it within 2 days. The author does a great job of developing characters and providing many points for one to connect with. The under current of grace woven throughout the book so so beautiful and inspiring.

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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