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The Memory of Running | [Ron McLarty]

The Memory of Running

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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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning actor and playwright Ron McLarty is well known for his audiobook performances. What fewer people realize is that he's also an accomplished author. In this wonderfully quirky novel, available exclusively as an audiobook, McLarty takes readers on a quest to find hope and redemption with an unlikely hero.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Lech WarszawaPoland 09-24-07
    Lech WarszawaPoland 09-24-07
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    "Brilliant"

    A fabulous writer, a fabulous narrator. Enough said! Those characters are so real...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Valeri Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-26-05
    Valeri Rock Hill, SC, United States 07-26-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Memory of Running"

    I did not find this story particularly compelling. The development of the main character however was good.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 07-08-05
    Nancy Northbrook, IL, USA 07-08-05
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    "Good but not Great!"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd South Elgin, IL, USA 04-25-05
    Todd South Elgin, IL, USA 04-25-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Vivid!"

    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!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Martha rapid city, SD, USA 04-19-05
    Martha rapid city, SD, USA 04-19-05
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    "I am surprised I liked it!"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Westport, CT, USA 04-16-05
    Denise Westport, CT, USA 04-16-05
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    "An Odyssey"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyman hilo, HI, USA 01-16-05
    Lyman hilo, HI, USA 01-16-05
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    "The Memory of Running"

    A worthy and entertaining story of finding one's self but a little too jumpy for me. Great reader helped to keep me listening.

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    Carol melbourne, VIC, Australia 03-14-10
    Carol melbourne, VIC, Australia 03-14-10
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    "Annoying Voice"

    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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    Sheryl Centerville, UT, United States 05-23-07
    Sheryl Centerville, UT, United States 05-23-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Disgusting"

    I couldn’t even finish this book. It was an insult to my intelligence, crude, base and so boring. I had to “fast forward” many parts because they were so vulgar. I can’t believe it was rated so high! I will NEVER trust those ratings again! I finally just quit listening, I don’t have to subject myself to that. I’m just disgusted I wasted time and money on it. I had to give it one star because it wouldn't let me save it without giving it one.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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