The quiet 1960s midwestern life of the Lands is upended when Reuben's brother, Davy, kills two marauders who have come to harm the family. The morning of his sentencing, Davy (a hero to some, a cold-blooded murderer to others) escapes from his cell, and the Lands set out in search of him. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and they cover territory even more extraordinary than the Badlands, where they search for Davy from their Airstream trailer.
Sprinkled with playful nods to Biblical tales, beloved classics such as Huckleberry Finn,, the adventure stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the westerns of Zane Grey, Peace Like A River is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, a love story, and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.
©2001 Leif Enger; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
"Actor Chad Lowe reads with a warm, deliberative voice perfectly suited to Leif Enger's meditative and melodic story of a family's search throughout the West for its outlaw son. Lowe doesn't attempt any verbal flourishes, nor does he try to give specific voices to different characters. Instead, he simply and beautifully reads aloud - slowly enough for Enger's evocative prose to shine and with just enough emotion to magnify this tale of the redemptive power of love." (AudioFile)
This book is captivating, poetically written, and the rings true. A coming of age story on par, in my opinion, with such greats as "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Catcher in the Rye," and "Tom Sawyer." Yes, it is THAT good. Kept me involved from the first moment to the end. Chad Lowe does a fantastic job narrating - very believable as the voice of the main character and transitions well to the voices of other characters. I'll recommend this book over and over.
This is an imaginative, well written, well read, easy to listen to book. It presents what I guess the atmosphere in the mid west to be like mid 20th century.
I found it uplifting emotionally and spiritually.
Its Christian and family oriented.
Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.
I actually enjoyed the story and I don't regret listening to it. I loved the characters, especially the two youngest children. I found it way too heavy on the spiritual. The descriptions of after life dragged on and on. The narrator was just so, so. Did a fine job with the general story telling and even the kids' voices. His adult voices almost grated on me. I didn't think the character of Sarah was well developed. I needed to know more about her.
This is a story like the Appalachian Trail is a Sunday stroll; that is to say, they are both long, winding, breathtaking, deceiving, surprising and gorgeous to behold and not for those who want it quick and painless.
If this is not a masterpiece of a book, written in clever and aesthetic prose, then I'm not sitting here ready to push the play button to hear it all over again.
The spiritual thread that stitches this story together is such that it does not get in the way or makes one uncomfortable, as much as it is the subtle highlights of a fine painting accenting the plot with hope, joy and knowledge.
Don't miss this fine work in literature!
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This touching story of a single dad in 1962 is so beautifully written you almost don't notice the trials they endure. Writing in the tradition of True Grit. Great characters, thorough story telling in magical language. Male and female characters to love and cheer on equally. Very well read.
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