"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.
When Nate cared for Nathan as his health was declining.
Nathan was my favorite character.
Nathan was such a fully realized character. He was both kind and loving.
I wasn't sure about this audiobook when I purchased it, but I am now so glad I did. I've read several reviews that complained about the narrator, but I have to say I think he did a good job. The narration sounded fine to me. The story was all about the opening up of a life, taking chances on someone, redemption and most of all, persistent and consistent love.
This book definitely improves as the story progresses. I struggled with the author's style of writing at the start but stuck with it because I liked the story line, which I'm glad I did because it got much better. The "old man" has some words of wisdom for Nat that I found myself wanting to remember for myself.
this story depicts a relationship between a man and boy that demonstrates what unconditional love can do for a child.
I loved this story and the heart and wisdom it portrayed while at the same time being very down to earth. I would love to see it made into a movie. Then again it might be disappointing since books are always so much better.
No! The reader was HORRIBLE!
I did not listen to the end. In fact, I could only tolerate about 2 hours before I had to stop listening.
Ralph Cosham. Jeff Cummings was so horribly boring. As a result, I could not get into the story.
Might try the print version to see if it is a story worth reading.
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