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Run

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Publisher's Summary

Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all of his children, safe.

Set over a period of 24 hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from one another, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her best-selling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

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©2007 Ann Patchett; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Run is a book that sets out inventively to contend with the temper of our times, and by the end we feel we really know the Doyle family in all its intensity and with all its surprises." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    kim brookline, MA, United States 04-09-17
    kim brookline, MA, United States 04-09-17 Member Since 2013

    I love to be read to!

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    "Needs a performance update"
    Where does Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Story is good but the reading/performance was distracting in its unrelenting force and music between chapters? How many times have I said that audiobooks rise and fall on the performance and this is a fall for sure.


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    Bonedale, CO 04-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Musical discord"

    The music between the chapters was off sequence, sometimes it would play during the narration of the book. Pretty annoying. Other than that, I enjoyed it greatly.

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    Meghan E. Hood 01-02-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Torn"

    I really enjoyed parts of this, I really disliked parts of this. But I'm mostly writing to say how horrible the inserted music was in between parts of the book. It was jarring, annoying, and complete distracting and unnecessary. Take it out if this production!

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    sis 12-16-16
    sis 12-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Musical interludes"

    I found the musical interludes and the music chosen very irritating and jarring. While I understood the purpose, still I did not feel that they worked.

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    Michelle L Marin County, California USA 12-11-16
    Michelle L Marin County, California USA 12-11-16 Member Since 2016

    mom/chief bug hunter

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    "Another great story from Ann Patchett"
    Where does Run rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Run is in the top third of my favorite stories, had good and bad issues with the audiobook but overall a very good audiobook.

    The audiobook's storytelling was very well done, especially the political/historical orations recited throughout this book. The music in the audiobook, to me, was unnecessary and sometimes jarring... but still thought it was great.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kenya was my favorite character - she brought an unexpected hope & brightness to this story.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Francis James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Very deep voice!


    If you could take any character from Run out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The uncle - would love to hear what he was feeling, experiencing, seeing, when he was having his visions and causing miracles.


    Any additional comments?

    At the end of the story, a conversation between Ann Patchett and the publisher is on the audiobook, which gave great insight and depth to the story (and at times, to all her books). She explains how all of her stories are the same - they all begin with a group of strangers thrown together and then a story evolves out of the chance meeting, just as in the 3 Patchett books I've read. She explains the multiple meanings behind the title, and shares how she doesn't generally include children in her stories - Kenya being an exception.

    Will continue to look forward to more tales from this great storyteller.

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    Deirdre Barber USA 12-11-16
    Deirdre Barber USA 12-11-16

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    "Bad narration"

    The narrator never seemed to connect with the text. Combine that with incongruous bits of music in random places and it adds up to a bad experience.

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    TERESA United States 11-11-16
    TERESA United States 11-11-16 Member Since 2010

    Renaissance woman

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    "Annoying performance"

    Dated mechanical sounding music interrupts the weird narration. The voice sounds like a radio announcer, "In a world ..," completely inappropriate to the story. Not a performance, but a reading. Yes he tries to affect various accents, but the emotional tone just feels disconnected from characters.

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    Alabama Mom Fredericksburg, VA United States 08-14-16
    Alabama Mom Fredericksburg, VA United States 08-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Distracting music on audiobook"

    It's not the type of book I would usually pick up, but I needed an audiobook for a long drive. This book was recommended by a friend. The story is good. The narrator is engaged and easy to listen to. The characters are well-developed and believable. However, the audio has this weird "Seinfeld"-like music that is distracting and, at times, completely inappropriate. I was completely turned off. If I hadn't been trapped in a car, I wouldn't have finished it.

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    Karlyn Keller 04-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Story that is intriguing and humanizing"

    Read this one for a book club I am in. It's not typically part of my reading fodder. Having said that, I did enjoy the book. It was a bit convoluted, true. But it still retained a story line I was willing to go along with. The coincidental nature of some happenings was a bit beyond my scope of suspending disbelief but not enough that I quit reading or hated the read like some.

    I liked the characters. I could appreciate both their self centeredness as well as their desire to support the family unit. The author did a great job of keeping the story to a flow that was both forward steps and look backs that explained the relevant information. I did not have a personal paradigm for much of the story but that didn't bother me.

    In my opinion, the weakest point of the book involved the statue but I get the allegory that was at play. I just didn't feel like it forwarded the story as much as the author probably thought it did. I felt it was a bit of the author attempting to display how clever they were

    Having said that, I'd say this book will probably do best with those who like angsty story lines where there are clashes of class and privilege.

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    JoelleLeah AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-06-15
    JoelleLeah AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-06-15 Member Since 2012
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    "boring...."
    What would have made Run better?

    half way thru I was still bored. too slow, found myself getting irritated -


    Any additional comments?

    I loved State of Wonder so much, this was a snore, not even going to finish it

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