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The Dropper | [Ron McLarty]

The Dropper

After the death of his mother, Albert "Shoe" Horn is left to provide for his alcoholic father and look after his younger brother Bobby - a teenager with the mind of a child. After Shoe inadvertently kills a man in a fight, he must try to balance the need to protect his brother and his desire to protect himself. Shoe's story unfolds against the 1922 union strikes in England, as he must choose between living his father's life, with his brother, or a new life in America, alone.
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Publisher's Summary

After the death of his mother, Albert "Shoe" Horn is left to provide for his alcoholic father and look after his younger brother Bobby - a teenager with the mind of a child. After Shoe inadvertently kills a man in a fight, he must try to balance the need to protect his brother and his desire to protect himself. Shoe's story unfolds against the 1922 union strikes in England, as he must choose between living his father's life, with his brother, or a new life in America, alone.

©2009 Ron McLarty; (P)2009 Random House

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    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 11-24-09
    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 11-24-09 Member Since 2015
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    "You can't pass McLarty by!"

    Ron McLarty is a talented writer and narrator. I was first introduced to his work in Memory of Running. If you haven't listened to Memory of Running, you need to listen to that audio book next. It's amazing. This book isn't Memory of Running, but it McLarty through and through. He establishes characters that you care about and he takes them through a journey that isn't very typical. You don't always know where he's going, but you enjoy the trip. The Dropper is a bit different because you're not sure what the title is about, but you eventually find out in a story that is very intriguing. I'm a McLarty fan, and I'll listen to everything he's does. He's a great writer, and I highly recommend The Dropper as well as his other books.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    "Liked it alot"

    I liked it a lot while walking. Ron is a great narrator.Better than Art in America by far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. 03-14-10
    S. 03-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't bother -"

    Loved his first book, but not this one. I wouldn't bother - no character to like, and I am still not sure if there was a story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SCOTT 08-16-13
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    "Throat literally ached at the finish"
    If you could sum up The Dropper in three words, what would they be?

    Wrenches warmed heart


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    To the tee, heart-felt, committed, engaged


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The finish


    Any additional comments?

    Why can't I give it six stars? Ron, I want you to keep writing -- you are only getting better, and you started off aces...

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    8/14/15
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    "Hmmmmm :?"

    I love Ron as a narrator...I've read so many of his books. So when I saw he'd written one, I thought; good for you and bought it straight away!
    I begin with the fact that I couldn't finish it...my bad, but gosh it was brutal! Even as a narrator he didn't kick it-and that's a first from me.
    I think perhaps I'll try and simply read it-but the audio certainly wasn't digestible for me! Still love his voice though :))

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  • paul
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    10/19/12
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    "a great great book"

    what a fantastic book.ron mclarty is fantastic and realy draws you into the characters he has created.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • India
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    "The Dropper"

    I am finding it hard to listen to- set in England but narrated by an American. Worse, the narrator cannot even pronounce Morecombe Bay properly. Even Barrow-in-Furness gets mangled. Sloppy narration!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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