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Traveler | [Ron McLarty]

Traveler

News of the sudden death of his childhood friend compels Jono Riley, an aging bartender and part-time actor, to return for a few days to the place where he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. Author McLarty weaves the story of Jono's return with that of his coming-of-age in the early 1960s, including the story of some mysterious shootings.
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Publisher's Summary

Jono Riley is an aging bartender and part-time actor in Manhattan who specializes in one-character plays, usually performed in front of an audience sized in the low one digit. He still lives by himself in an Upper East Side walk-up, and though he's got a great girlfriend, a firefighter named Renee, his life is stuck and his acting career is going nowhere fast. News of the sudden death of his childhood friend Marie D'Agostino, his first true love, compels Jono to return for a few days to the place he grew up, the working-class neighborhoods of East Providence, Rhode Island. McLarty weaves the story of Jono's return with that of his coming-of-age in the early 1960s, including the story of a series of mysterious shootings, one of which lodged a bullet in Marie's back when she was 12.

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.

©2007 Zaluma LLC; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books LLC. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"A crisply written novel." (Booklist)
"McLarty's prose remains convincing without crossing into treacly turf." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Hans Middlebury, VT, United States 11-29-11
    Hans Middlebury, VT, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2012
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    "If you love The Memory of Running..."

    ... and you should, then you will love this. Not only are both these books great stories, Ron McLarty is the best narrator of other people's books (check his readings of Richard Russo's classics), so you can imagine how well he can find the voice of his own characters in his reading of The Traveler.

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    Dale 09-16-11
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    "Another GREAT one!!"

    Ron McLarty has become one of my favorite authors. His writing covers pretty much of every emotion that we feel as people. I always feel like I'm right there in the story on the sidelines watching everything happen as he reads it. He is also as good as you get when it comes to narrating.
    Just solid all the way around.

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    "Top notch narration and content"

    Ron McLarty has the best of both worlds. Having already listened to Memories of Running after having spotted it in Stephen King review, and Art in America -both also read by the author- Traveler fell right in between in content with the same top-notch narrating McLarty never needs worry about future narrators. If you have listened to Memories of Running already then fear-not you will definitely enjoy this one. If you have not, then you are in for not only one treat, but two as you will be so entertained, Mr. McLarty's Memories of Running will probably be your next buy, and well worth it!

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    Jennifer West Des Moines, IA, United States 03-26-07
    Jennifer West Des Moines, IA, United States 03-26-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved It"

    Best audio of 2007 (so far!) I really likd MofR, but I liked this one better. McClarty has a way with with character that really pulls you in. Admittedly the ending was a little "cliche" but I so loved the telling of the story and the people, that the weak ending didn't really bother me. McClarty proves himself a worthy storyteller (and reader) in this audio. An excellent second novel. Most writers should be so lucky.

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    Chris Dallas, TX, USA 04-02-07
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    "Pleasant"

    I think Memory of Running is one of my favorite books I have ever listened to. Ron's reading is a delight. This book is written in a similar vein, with some of the same east Providence locales. It isn't a 5 star book. I have given it 4 stars to encourage, Ron, Audible, and Penguin to give this man a full time contract to write!

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    Andrea Danbury, CT, USA 03-27-07
    Andrea Danbury, CT, USA 03-27-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Small Short Stories Weaved Together"

    I found this audio book dissapointing. To me it sounded like alot of little short stories about Jono's past weaved into a "mystery" novel. There are ethnic slurs and strong language that some readers might find offensive. I did not feel that the strong language added to the story or to understanding or sympathizing with the main character...the language just made the story harsh. By the time the Jono starts to figure out the "mystery" he has added so much impertinent information (and not much information about the injured party) that I lost interest. I did enjoy the narration, it was well executed with different voices for each character.

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