Smithson Ide is 43 years old and weighs 279 pounds when his parents die in an accident. Lost in memories of childhood, Smithson uncovers his old Raleigh bicycle in the garage and begins a cross-country journey to find his beautiful, but tragically psychotic sister. Keenly aware of how ridiculous he must appear, Smithson nonetheless perseveres through a journey that is hilarious and horrifying. It is a trip, he soon realizes, that might provide his last chance to become the person he has always wanted to be.
In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.
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"Ron McLarty's The Memory of Running is the best novel you won't read this year. But you can experience it, and I'm all but positive that you'll thank me for the tip if you do....What I hope is that you'll order a copy and experience it for yourself....It's bighearted and as satisfying as one of your mom's home-cooked Sunday dinners." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)
I don't normally object to a book full of unlikable characters, if they are complex and realistic, or if I can even find some common ground for empathy. But nearly all the characters in this book are not only unlikable and vaguely offensive in their cluelessness, they are also boring. I thought perhaps the story would take them somewhere, that the characters would develop through their experiences. They did, somewhat, but ultimately were as unlikable and boring at the end as they were in the beginning.
Their is nothing exciting about this book. It?s about the every day types of trials and tribulations many of us go through. If you want to escape from reality this is not the book. I normally do not write reviews but in this case I felt compelled to give my opinon. I purchased this book based on others opinions and reviews. This is the first time I have been disappointed in my purchase. I am far from being qualified to write reviews, BUT I know what I like, and don?t like. I am sure other may find this book intriguing I found it uneventful
If you are down on yourself, this book may change your perspective. I especially like the way the various episodes are broken up and intermingled with each other. Experience shows that books narrated by the author are usually a good bet, and this audiobook is no exception. Ron McLarty puts all of himself into the rendition. A great story and Highly recommended.
This was a tedious book and I would not recommend it for the reader who expects the author to 'get to the point.' The story might have been good except for the endless ramblings of seemingly inconsequential information.
I normally will finish a book just to make sure I don't miss anything. This book never really gets started and all the jumping around did not draw me in. Simple sentences and observations by the main character like "Bananas are really easy to chew and they fill you up." and "I was happy to discover bananas again, they are really good." just could not hold my attention for another four hours.
I must be missing something here, to judge from the other reviews! But this book is unpublished for a reason: it's deadly dull. Endless tedious details in a story that moves along like molasses, and seems to have nothing much to say. Out of more than 200 Audible books downloaded, this is only the second title I couldn't stand to listen all the way through (gave up after 3 extremely boring hours). Maybe it gets really interesting later on... but I doubt it. Nicely read, though.
I loved this story of this humble man, especially as the pieces slowly came together that suggested why his life was in a holding pattern (based on my limited knowledge of early trauma and family dynamics). The character reminded me a little bit of the main character in The Shipping News. Hats off to Audible for pointing out the genious of McLarty. He's an author with a deft yet subtle, retrained hand. And an excellent reader of his own work.
I kept hoping the book was going somewhere, and while it was an interesting journey, it was an anti-climatic book. I couldn't even like a single character no matter how much I tried.
At first I wondered where this story could go, but was intrigued and couldn't 'put it down'. Little by little I was drawn into Smithy's story. At first I though the narrator's voice was a little ordinary and unemotional, but soon I realized it was perfect for Smithy! I have passed this on to other Audible readers in the family, and continue to think about it after finishing. I recommend it, definitely. It ranks pretty high for me for this year, so far!
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