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've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
This book is a gentle treatise on love and forgiveness, wrapped in a coming-of-age adventure. It's a fairly simple story and somewhat predictable but I can see why many compare it to a distaff version of To Kill a Mockingbird. It's told from the point of view of a preteen boy named Frankie whose father is a wise and kindly minister. During the summer of 1961, Frankie recounts five different deaths that occurred and how they affected him and his family.
It's filled to the brim with atmosphere and interesting characters and the overall theme is engaging. It's not the best book I've ever read but the author created characters I cared about and it kept my interest till the end.
The narrator did a nice job representing the cadence of the area but I found that some of his voices sounded similar to each other so it was sometimes difficult to distinguish characters. Still, he is clear and easy to understand.
It's not often I provide a review of a book, but this book is different. The narrator makes each character distinct. The text is comfortable. The lessons are delivered in the lives and words of the cast. But they're not really lessons as much as just life lived out as best as it can be. Truly satisfying and entertaining.
This book came highly recommended to me but I had a hard time getting into it. Kinda slow and sad bur then turned mysterious so I kept listening. I figured out the mystery early on but kept at it. The overall message was good but I wasn't " hooked" like I wanted to be.
Beautifully written novel. William Kruger's characters are wonderfully drawn...like fine sculptures. The dialogue so well written that it draws you in to the novel, making you feel like a character in this story. I'm planning to buy his other books, hoping to once again to be taken on a thoroughly enjoyable journey.
Told from the prospective of a 13 year old boy, the fate of a family unravels. One event changes how this boy and his younger sibling see the world and their relationship with their parents and friends. They learn about values-what matters. A touching story, well read. Do listen. You will not forget it. Ever.
I had listend to one other book of William Krueger which I thought was really ordinary, based on reviews of Ordinary Grace I decided to download it. I was not disappointed it was a coming of age story but not over sentimental, did remind a little of Stephen King's "stand by me". The characters are likeable and the story was brilliantly told by Rich Orlow, a good narrator can make of break a story. Would highly recommend Ordinary Grace, be warned you will cry.
This was like listening to an Academy award winning actor. I could see every scene so clearly in my mind thanks to great words brought to light in an extraordinary performance that was breathtakingly brilliant. Rich Orlow gave different voices to every character and each one was perfect in its characterisation. As an ex-actress I don't know how he did it! It was an extraordinary feet that sounded effortless and felt real. I would like to thank him for the wonderful experience I had hearing this great story.
The story might have been good, but the narration was too painful to tolerate.
No, it would be painful to them as well.
terrible timing, poor intonation
The detailed characters, how the author portrayed small town life in the 60's and the story line.
I can not think of another book to compare this too.
My favorite scene was the sermon Nathan gave after the death of his daughter. It was so heartwarming and inspirational. He is such a gentle man.
I have 2 characters that are memorable- Frank and Nathan. For someone so young Frank has such insight, he's so polite and understanding. Nathan never loses his temper and handles everything with grace and teaches such lessons to his children.
This book really touched me. While there was so much tragedy and unexpected deaths it was the manner in which they handled the deaths with so much wisdom and compassion.
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