Marnie is just 35 when her boyfriend, Brian, drops dead of a sudden heart attack. Stunned by his death, Marnie finds her greatest grief is for Troy, Brian’s son whom she has raised as her own since he was a kindergartener. When he is reclaimed by his train wreck of a birth mother, Troy’s departure drives Marnie to a grief group at the local rec center. There she finds unexpected allies, three strangers who join her in an impulsive road trip from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to reconnect with Troy. Along for the ride are fifty-something Rita, prim and ladylike on the outside, seething with rage on the inside over the murder of her daughter; Laverne, Marnie’s introverted landlady who is crippled by grief for her late husband; and Jazzy, a psychic driven to the grief group by an unseen voice. Together they embark on the adventure of their lives, a journey toward healing, friendship, and love.
©2012 Karen McQuestion (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
Full Disclosure: While I love nonfiction, military history and genocide and such all... I've gotta admit it. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for some good chick lit.
The description of the book makes it sound as though this would be a grittier read, what with murder, death, etc. involved, but actually, it's a sweet and easy listen.
Like "Enchanted April," "The Long Way Home" is a story of four very different women who come together on a whim and wind up finding parts of themselves that they thought they'd never find. The characters are well fleshed-out, likable, and have different strengths and weaknesses.
It's a delightful listen, especially as I just finished a couple of audiobooks on Cambodia and was in the mood for something light, but touching. "The Long Way Home" did not disappoint. The only quibbling I have is that the narrator falls into the female narrator trap of: man's voice—better make my voice low and growly, but it wasn't too bad.
Also, and this is just the writer in me, I thought there were opportunities for a little bit more tension to be thrown in, twists, anything except such neat bows tied onto problems faced and problems solved.
Other than that, I really enjoyed my time with the characters.
Oops! One more thing: I listened to it at 1.25 speed as I felt that there were far too many pregnant and ponderous pauses (Alliteration!) in the narration
Four women who barely know each other decided to drive from Wisconsin to Las Vegas to check in on Marnie's not really stepson. Rita is grieving over the unsolved murder of her daughter, Marnie is grieving over the death of her fiance of ten years and losing his 14 year old son to the boy's mother, Laverne a shut-in and Marnie's never seen neighbor and landlady, and Jazzy, a free spirit who speaks to the dead.
This is a really good story, although it drags a bit in the middle.
This is very, very light reading. The characters are caricature, the plot is light and predictable. But sometimes that's just what you want to read. The narrator was perky, which was the right tone for this book. I can't recommend it as literature, but as chick lit escape, it was enjoyable.
She gave a clear picture of each character. I listened while driving so I often felt like I was in the car with them.
I enjoyed the book. I thought it would be even better with a sequal but it ended in such a way another wasn't needed. It was about stretching and developing friendships and how important they are. I enjoyed it. It was just what I needed at the time. Light hearted, thought provoking but in a reflective way.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story, with a few comments to note:
Nice, mindless entertainment.
Nice story, GREAT performance by narrator.
There were a few times some of these characters annoyed me to death! The oldest crotchedy old woman was my favorite. Jazzy was next, and it made me wish I had a friend like her, despite her constant optimism. The other two were so narrow minded, it drove me nuts! I was rooting for them all, though, and they did feel a little like old friends at the end.
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There are many people in this world who are not happy with their life. If given an opportunity to try and find one thing that could make your life better, would you attempt to find it?
Four women have made plans to travel from Wisconsin to LasVegas. These women met at a grief group. Marnie is there because her boyfriend, Brian, has died from a heart attack. She had been raising Brian's son, Troy, for ten years. He is now fourteen and his mother came to Wisconsin and has taken him back to LasVegas, to live. Marnie has taken a leave of absence from the elementary school where she is a teacher.
Rita is a fifty something woman, who lost her daughter to murder. She has never been able to resolve this because the murderer has never been caught. She and her husband, Glenn, think that this is a good idea, get away for a week and have a good time.
Laverne is an elderly woman, who has become a recluse since the death of her husband. She is also the landlady of Marnie. The trip will get her out into the world again, start talking to people again and maybe she can get back to living again.
Jazzy met Marnie and Rita at a grief group at the local rec center. Jazzy is psychic and suggests that they take the trip to LasVegas to get Troy and try and get him back to Wisconsin where Marnie has raised him as her son. Marnie feels, after talking to and meeting, Kimberly, Troy's mother, that she is isn't the one to be raising Troy, Marnie should be. Jazzy agrees with this and that is why she has suggested this trip. Oh, and of course, Laverne needs to re-enter life again.
The book was well written and a pleasure to listen to. I giggled and even laughed. The women are all different but do make it to LasVegas intact. Learning the value of friendship is also integrated into this novel. The language is good, I actually can't remember any foul language but maybe once. The plot is followed throughout the novel. The narrator, Tanya Eby, did a good job. Emotions were done well, the female voices were well done and she did a good job with male voices. If you're looking for a light and fun read, purchase The Long Way Home.
Not a terrible story, just very childish and predictable. More of a story for an older teen than for someone who enjoys a more complicated, intriguing read.
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