"What do I have to do to make you wash your hands of me? There's nothing you could do. I will never wash my hands of you."
Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.
Fifteen years later, Nathan gets his wish when the boy and his grandmother show up on his doorstep. Named Nat and now an angry teenager with a criminal record, the boy is once again in need of rescuing. Nathan takes Nat in, swearing to never abandon him. Nathan believes that with love and patience anyone can change. And he just might be right.
From the author of Pay It Forward comes a poignant tale of love, pain, and trusting people to stay by your side in a world where leaving is easy.
©2013 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I would never expect to like a story about a boy who wants to become a boxer, but I couldn't put this book down. The character development is excellent.
I loved the relationship between the bitter young man and the man who found him in the woods as an abandoned baby. This story is about playing it forwards when someone does something kind for you.
He was able to change his voice with the change of characters so that you knew exactly who was talking.
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
and you'll be rewarded with a heartbreaking story of compassion and tenderness. The last couple of hours were so much better than the first 5. Too bad it took the narrator that long to warm up!.
I was Oh So Done with is novel by the 3rd hour and was complaining about it to a friend-who had recommended the book-she read the paper book. She couldn't understand I disliked it so. The narration was cardboard, stiff and toneless. I didn't give a $hit about any of these people- the boy was a total brat, the old guy was dull and his wife was Suzy Homemaker with passive aggressive issues. The girlfriend was so meek and quite you couldn't hear what the narrator said..in a book you could read the words.
On her recommendations, I finished the whole book and ended up being taken into the world of these people, Plus the narrator gets so much better
Only for patient people I guess.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I finished this audio book a couple of days ago, and I'm still thinking about it. This book was a simple one,really, a story that I would have written totally differently . . . but it wasn't mine to write . . . when Nathan found the tiny baby abandoned in the woods, and wanted to adopt him, my heart ached for the grandmother to allow the boy to be adopted by Nathan and his wife. I was secretly angered at every incident when Nat's grandma refused to tell him the truth, when she failed to "hear" him, to really share her life with him. When she told him that every kid has a man that finds them in the woods . . . Even at my age, a grandmother myself, I still ache as a child aches . . . going back to my own early years, a time when I, too, had no control over decisions that were made . . . decisions that, for good or bad, impact me to this day . . . To get the full benefit of this story, one must listen with their heart. You must sit back and take the story as it comes, as it is written and read . . . and then, it's full beauty comes full circle. Nathan said from day one that he wanted the boy he found in the woods. He meant it. Let that sink in and LISTEN. If only every child had a Nathan . . .
The writing was choppy. I often felt like I was listening to something written for a sixth grader. Also, the historical anachronisms were maddening. Spandex was not used in clothing until the 1980's, so the women at the refurbished gym would not have been wearing spandex to work out. Furthermore, steroids were not widely used in the late 1970's, and even if Nat had stumbled upon a body builder using steroids, I doubt he would have recognized this. Finally, the author herself seems to forget what she has written from one chapter to the next, often contradicting herself.
Never. He is dreadful as a narrator. Everyone sounds hateful and grouchy or whiny.
Disappointed that what could have been a compelling story was so dreadfully written and even more dreadfully performed.
Those who are considering this book should run, run, run to something else.
Say something about yourself!
Wonderful, your credits will be well spent. Well written and narrated story of unconditional love.
Possibly I would try another book by the author, Ms. Hyde. I was not fond of the reader, Mr. Cummings, however. I would not listen to another book by this reader. The voice characterizations he used were truly grating, especially for the female characters. I just could not imagine these as real people, they were so poorly voiced. They all sounded angry and whining, no matter what the context was.
Perhaps the book itself would be worth reading, but listening to this turned me off.
Grating, whiny voices for the women and children in the book (and some other characters too). These characters were not at all believable or sympathetic in this reading, even though the story sounded interesting, I just couldn't stand another minute of listening to it.
I seldom stop books before finishing, but I just couldn't take this one. Really, the story sounded interesting, and another listener said it gets better after 5 hours in - but I just could not stand to listen to it that long. Perhaps on the page it would be better.
I will definitely check reviews before making a snap purchase like this again - what a waste!
I absolutely HATED the narration; I almost stopped listening to the story because of it. I think a different narrator would be the only way I would be able to give it a higher rating.
The story itself was fine, it wasn't great but it was an easy listen for during the day at work. I wouldn't re-read it or recommend it to anyone as something they HAVE to read, but it was fine.
The accents and voices used were terrible. The kid in the book has the same voice even though he ages from a baby to a person in his 30s. The women all have the same annoying voice. Some people were given speech inflections that didn't seem to fit. I honestly wish he had just read the book without trying to give voices to people; his normal reading voice was pleasant.
There aren't that many characters so I don't know that I would cut any.
This narrator brings this book to life with assigning different voices to each character.
The young man's ability to love with devotion.
Thoughtful exploration of the emotional effects on an abandoned child carried through his adult life in tandem with the experiences, commitment and teachings of the man who found this abandoned baby. Not only is this a gripping story of the people involved, it also examines the psychological impacts of one life event and the history behind it, the ripples it causes throughout the years and how everyone handles it to the best of their abilities. It is a story of change, of growth, of secrets and truths and of obstacles that may or may not be overcome, depending on one's outlook on life. The characters in this book have been carefully and meticulously described and explained on many levels and from many points of view. I highly doubt I will forget those individuals or this book. Because of the basic human interest story aspect, I highly recommend this read.
Honestly, I didn't finish this book. I got to chapter 15. I may go back and read it for myself one day but I couldn't continue to listen to the audio version. The narration was okay until the narrator got the characters dialogue. The main characters was voiced to sound as if he was staining to pick up something heavy whenever he spoke and others sounded like Muppets. I really could not take the story seriously...I kept imagining furry hand puppets delivering the dialog for a book written for 5th graders. The narration just did nothing for the writing. The story was subtle but the narration with its silly voices was too heavy handed at best. So, as for something to change about this book...I'd get a narrator that didn't execute the copy as if they were reading a story for 5th graders.
It detracted from the story in every respect. Dialogue was silly and childish sounding.
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