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 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.
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.
Thank you, Leif Enger, for one of the best-written books I've ever read (or listened to - Lowe does a very nice job here). I'm an audiobook junkie, and this just about ruined me. Nothing else compares. Beautifully constructed, wrenchingly good.
Husband, father, one whom Jesus loves, Entrepreneur, Constitutional Conservative, etc etc
I could not begin to do justice to this story or to say how incredible the writing without gushing into useless babble. Suffice it to say, this is the best original story I've read (listened to) in years. Easily in the realm of "classic" that includes such great stories as "To Kill a Mockingbird" or Huck Finn... Do yourself a favor and get this book!
Chad had a mellow, pleasing tone and was lovely to listen to
it was hypnotic
he had a beautiful tone to his voice
I loved listening to this book so much I got a hardback copy to read and have in my library. The portrayal is excellent
Leif Enger's writing is poetic, intelligent, and uniquely descriptive. All the characters were memorable and I found myself craving their company when I wasn't listening. I kept picturing Chad Lowe as the reader and thought the reading that much better because he is such a talented and handsome actor. This one is worth your time!!
The story is wonderful! The time is a time when people were real, I loved the narrator. Would recomend this story to anyone. Well worth the money and time.
I have listened to over 100 books on tape. The narrator made this the most poetic book I have ever listened too. The writing and its Christian message was a welcome relief to most novels today. Much like ”To Kill a Mocking Bird”. You will not be disappointed!!!
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