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.
Better than "TKaMockingbird"
The story of reconciliation on the tangible and spiritual levels and the struggle to believe what lies before our eyes.
Hire Dan Woren to re-record the book and any future books Mr. Enger has published.
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.
Mr. Enger, keep writing … solo. We need more novelists like yourself.
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!
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