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Peace Like a River | [Leif Enger]

Peace Like a River

The quiet 1960s midwestern life of the Land family is upended when son 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Born with no air in his lungs, it was only when Reuben Land's father, Jeremiah, picked him up and commanded him to breathe that Reuben's lungs filled. Reuben struggles with debilitating asthma from then on, making him a boy who knows firsthand that life is a gift, and also one who suspects that his father is touched by God and can overturn the laws of nature.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jill Blassingame Tulsa, OK 08-20-08
    Jill Blassingame Tulsa, OK 08-20-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Loved it!"

    Chad Lowe does an amazing narration of an absolutely lovely book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 07-13-07
    Donald Stratford, PE, Canada 07-13-07 Member Since 2002

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    "Uplifting"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Menno 06-11-08
    Menno 06-11-08
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    "Poetic Coming Of Age Story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    debbielv United States 05-28-08
    debbielv United States 05-28-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Beautiful, Beautiful Prose"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth M. McIntyre 11-02-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Exquisite story meets monotone narration"
    If you could sum up Peace Like a River in three words, what would they be?

    Better than "TKaMockingbird"


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story of reconciliation on the tangible and spiritual levels and the struggle to believe what lies before our eyes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Hire Dan Woren to re-record the book and any future books Mr. Enger has published.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I used to re-read a hard copy of this book at least once a year. Now I either read or listen to it even more often. Does it make me laugh or cry? Yes and yes … and moves me in even greater ways.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Enger, keep writing … solo. We need more novelists like yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris The Woodlands, TX, United States 07-31-12
    Chris The Woodlands, TX, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

    Husband, father, one whom Jesus loves, Entrepreneur, Constitutional Conservative, etc etc

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    "A Must Read Classic"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 06-30-12
    Bonnie SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 06-30-12
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    "Beautifully written and delivered by Chad Lowe"
    What made the experience of listening to Peace Like a River the most enjoyable?

    Chad had a mellow, pleasing tone and was lovely to listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    it was hypnotic


    What about Chad Lowe’s performance did you like?

    he had a beautiful tone to his voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh sometimes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 02-11-12
    Amazon Customer Glenwood Springs, CO, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love this book!"
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    I loved listening to this book so much I got a hardback copy to read and have in my library. The portrayal is excellent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lorne Denton, TX, United States 08-22-11
    Lorne Denton, TX, United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Taken Away"

    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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darla Grants Pass, OR, United States 12-27-10
    Darla Grants Pass, OR, United States 12-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Real people in the day"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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