"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 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.
The narrator, when using his own voice, was good. When portraying the various characters, his affectations were horrendous. They all started to sound the same in one fashion or another. I will never again listen to a book narrated by him. It was literally painful for me to finish the story.
I can't really say enough about this story. The writing-Brilliant! The narrator - Brilliant! This is my second audible by this team and I hope I can find more. Catherine Ryan Hyde tells such a clear story without excessive detail. She holds your interest the entire time and makes you feel so close to every significant character.
The narrator, Jeff Cummings, further dimensionalizes the characters with the many diverse voices. The listener always knows who is speaking. This is one story I never wanted to end. Thank you Catherine and Jeff!
I wish I could give this six stars the depth of the story is boundless I own a lot of books and right now this is the top. Thank you to the author!
This was the second book by this author that I listened to on my Audible app. It's a great story about life and hardship and the blessings that come from perseverance - after years of waiting and working. True to life, the story of a man who finds meaning in something seemingly random that happens to him on a very cold October morning. The Audible version brings the story to life in a remarkable way. I drive a lot and this is a great book to listen to on the road. I highly recommend it - men and women alike will enjoy this one.
I normally listen to suspense or crime stories comma but thought I'd give that a break. I really enjoyed this book on several levels . First it was nice not to have sex and the complete description of sex in this book there also was not constant amount of bad words matter fact very few. if I had a complaint it was to be referring to God as a son of a b**** by 1 of the characters. I find this all very enjoyable and will continue to read her books.
I call this a "true story" because the author has the truth about the positive side of human nature and behavior down pat. In this story, she especially focuses on why humans do the right things they do. I realized, through reading this, that most negative things people do are actually simple to understand, hurt... leading to anger, self protection skewed. The heinous things people do: we best be glad we can't fathom it. And the awesome things people do to really make a difference? THAT is something interesting to ponder. if you are looking to read something thrilling with twists turns and bloodshed, pass this book up. I'd you want a nice read about people who feel real and a short trip back to the era of 60s to 90s, grab this book.
It was a an interesting listen although I thought that many actions taken by the characters were less than believable and the dialogue didn't always seem like what people would actually say.
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