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.
©2002 Ron McLarty; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
"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)
Love his voice and his ability to give each character their own sound, engaging story, I felt it was a little abrupt at the end but overall I'm glad I bought it.
I listen while I drive and I love to drive
I really enjoyed all of the characters Smithson meets in his quest. The book made me want to get of my old fat butt and put some miles on my bike.
I enjoyed this book, but the flashbacks bothered me. I understand that they were an important part of the book, but the way they were written made it difficult for me to keep track of the story. Ide would begin a flashback of his sister but wouldn't finish that part of the story until much later in the book. This jumping back and forth was annoying to me.
I found this book to be wonderfully descriptive and imaginative. The simple optimism of Smithy in spite of all his hardships was very refreshing. Great job of narrating as well!
I kept thinking the main character was kind of wierd, but at the same time I really liked listening to his thoughts. Without treating them as victims - it gives a unique point of view on how mental illness affects family members.I did not want it to end - and when it did I wanted a sequal.
Wonderfully written and read by McLarty - this Odyssey takes a tragic character and follows him as he finds meaning and value in his life. A great listen. Long but unstoppable - with a great ending.
The story of this book is quite interesting but the narrators flat voice just droned on with almost no change in inflection, that it got to the stage where i couldnt stand it any longer. Poor Smithy had to be left somewhere along his ride as it became impossible to listen any more. A shame really because the story was good. Maybe i will buy the book!
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