When Renee joins Jono in East Providence, they find themselves drawn into an attempt to find the person responsible for the shootings so long ago. As the truth emerges, Jono is forced to come to terms with a past that is not quite what he remembers.
What both readers and critics alike celebrated in McLarty's first novel - the main character you come to root for, the funny, pitch-perfect dialogue, the writing that is so full of warmth and drama and authenticity - is here again in this fine-tuned and riveting new novel.
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"A crisply written novel." (Booklist)
"McLarty's prose remains convincing without crossing into treacly turf." (Publishers Weekly)
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I loved McLarty's book, Memory of Running, so I had high hopes for this book as well. It was okay, but for me this story just didn't have that special quality. It is a fine solid book, I don't regret listening, but oh the other. I suppose this is an author's curse, having readers compare. McLarty delivers the feel and character of Jono's neighborhood perfectly, the story-line just didn't keep me so engaged this time though.
I have listened to "Memory of Running" several times, and found it inspiring. I got "Traveler" because I liked Ron McLarty's reading voice, but the book was surprisingly deep and the voice was just as good. I have already listened to is twice. One of the best books ever.
Mclarty does it again. Using the tale of the present with moments of the past. He spins a great tale with a surprise ending. It is easy to associate with his tales of growing up and having best friends. He does a great job of weaving a store , that shows how what has happened in the past effects what is happening today.
Mclarty also is one of the best readers today in the audiobook business.
Traveler is as good as memory of running. I really enjoyed it
Ron Mclarty is back again with another easy listen. Although the novel is probably classified as drama. humor can be found in every chapter. The story is quick and easy to follow.
Although The Running Man, also by Ron Mclarty is still the best the Travler should not be ignored.
The rich beauty of this book is in the characters and the place McLarty offers, and the 'natural' story of their lives. The mystery and its resolution is a bit of a contrivance that doesn't quite hold with the bulk of the story (and specifically I did not get how Kenny Snowden apparently pieced it together and what he must have said in his call to Jono).
I was entranced with the characters, 1960s East Providence, and McLarty's narration. Perhaps it falls short of the extraordinary Memory of Running, but not by much.
Sure, I'd love to hear your story....
I loved Mr. McLarty's Memory of Running so much I was afraid to read this one. My fear eased after about 10 minutes into the story. This book (like the previous one) has the ability to make the characters feel like old acquaintances whose lives are suddenly brought into focus. I am always amazed when a writer can make the everyday person's life fascinating. While this novel is slightly less unique than his previous work (how could it NOT be?), it does work at many different levels. I can hardly wait for novel number three.
I was excited to read this new offering from McLarty as I really enjoyed Memory of Running. Traveler definitely stands up on its own – deeply engaging characters, great dialogue, and endlessly interesting scenery descriptions. There’s a lot from MofR in here as well .... subtle references such as the Ide retirement home etc. that reference his first book … not to mention the same location, time period, Vietnam War injuries etc. But where MofR excelled – a slow, beautifully timed reveal combined with the compelling transformation of the main character – this book falls way short. In the end, Traveler just doesn’t travel very far. The story starts with great promise, then fizzles into an embarrassingly clich? ending (yes, the villain insists on telling all at the height of the final conflict.. what a surprise). The last third of this book needed more time to write, and a much better ending. McLarty’s narration, as always, is absolutely top notch. Hopefully McLarty’s next book will live up to the promise of his first.
I was first introduced to Ron McLarty with "The Memory of Running" which I loved and still go back and listen to again from time to time. This one is a different story with a similar feel. It all takes place in Rhode Island, near where I live, so this really great story has a special "hook" for me. Give it a listen, you won't be able to put it down. I have listened to this one several times and it still has appeal to me, like a favorite movie.
The Memory of running
Yes, just as good, very engaging
Don't screw with Bobby
Yes. Enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend "Memory of Running" first.
Yes. I've read two so far and really like his style. I always feel that he is truthful and honest and willing to share his vulnerabilities as well as his characters. I'd say that he finds nobility in the common life.
Ron's performances are sincere and subtle. They gently invite you into the character's world.
Hmm... probably Bobby.
The plot was unique, with views of current and past.
It was a very good story line, but having heard a prior interview with the author/narrator, I enjoyed the times in which he referenced the characters he actually played on Law and Order and Cop Rock. Very fun.
I loved the ensemble - but had a soft spot for the caring policeman.
I love the writing and narrating style of Ron McLarty. I want MORE! Also enjoyed The Memory of Running.
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