"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.
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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.
I loved this book. It carried the message that in giving our lives away we find meaning and purpose and joy.
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.
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 . . .
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.
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Nathan found the newborn infant boy, when out hunting with his dog Sadie. Sadie guided him to a small pile of leaves where Nathan could see a small foot wiggling.
Nathan had no children and his marriage was an unhappy one. Flo, Nathan's wife, had never wanted children. Nathan saw this as an opportunity to do something that he had always wanted to do, have a child. He offered to adopt the child but this was not to be. The infant had a grandmother who would raise the child.
Nathan was present when the infant was picked up from the hospital and Nathan asked what his name would be. The grandmother asked Nathan his name and said that would also be the infant's name, Nathan.
Nathan made a request that if there was ever a time that the grandmother needed something, not to hesitate and contact him. In any event, he would want to see the child that he and Sadie had saved, sometime in the future.
Nat was 15 years old and impossible to manage. His grandmother packed his belongings and took Nat to Nathan's home and presented him to Nathan. She explained that Nat was out of hand and she was no longer capable of raising him. She held Nathan to the promise that he had made 15 years ago and turned and left Nat at Nathan's door. Nathan was surprised but more than willing to raise Nat.
The story was about the coming of age for Nat. His struggles were many but Nathan did as he had promised Nat, when he had arrived. Nathan had promised Nat that he would never turn his back him.
The story was a very good listen. The character development was excellent. The book was an easy listen and did hold true with the plot. The story took place starting in the 1960's. Those years were the same years I had experienced growing up and I was able to contrast and compare my year's to Nat's. The narrator made the book even better. I could recognize the voices very easily. I would listen to another book with the same narrator, Jeff Cummings. In my estimation, Jeff Cummings, made the story come alive. His intonations were just right. I have had this book in my library for quite some time and my happy to say that I am glad that I found it while scrolling through my library. Purchase this book if you enjoy listening to stories related to the coming of age.
This story reads like a fable, meditatively, simple and straightforward yet heavy with metaphor and intertext. It certainly is forthcoming! I don't want to give any of the story away, though the story is kind of timeless and yet secondary to the experience, so I will just say that there is much tragedy and disappointment, many questions and surprises, to the point of being quite heartbreaking at times, which makes it all the more beautiful.
The performance was excellent. The voices of some minor characters were annoying, but meant to be, and only briefly. I must also praise the production and engineering - this was non-fatiguing, never left me needing to rewind to catch too-quiet sections, and didn't have any of the glitches that often pop up in audiobooks. The recording process was totally transparent, which, unfortunately, has not been the case for any of the last 10 or so audiobooks I've listened to. So, Bravo!
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!
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