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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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    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 12-07-16
    Janna Wong Healy Los Angeles, CA 12-07-16 Member Since 2013

    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!

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    "Nice Little Coming-of-Age Story"

    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.

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    dorothy 12-06-16
    dorothy 12-06-16
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    "Not ordinary -Extraordinary!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not bad, kinda slow"

    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.

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    Maureen 11-22-16
    Maureen 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Highly recommend this Audio book."

    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.

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    lili kopala 11-14-16
    lili kopala 11-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Miracles in ordinary life"

    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.

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    Robyn 11-12-16
    Robyn 11-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Really good story read by a wonderful narrator"

    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.

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    Very satisfied customer 11-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful narrator"

    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.

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    Stephanie Stupic 11-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent book"

    I enjoyed the story, but the ending was too heavy handed - too many obvious clues pointing to who did it.

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    Amazon Customer 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration was auditory brutality!"
    What did you like best about Ordinary Grace? What did you like least?

    The story might have been good, but the narration was too painful to tolerate.


    Would you recommend Ordinary Grace to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, it would be painful to them as well.


    What didn’t you like about Rich Orlow’s performance?

    terrible timing, poor intonation


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    Vicki Nathan 11-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story - I'd like to listen to it again!"
    What made the experience of listening to Ordinary Grace the most enjoyable?

    The detailed characters, how the author portrayed small town life in the 60's and the story line.


    What other book might you compare Ordinary Grace to and why?

    I can not think of another book to compare this too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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