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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he's barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it's up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he's his father's only hope.

With the help of three locals - a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills - he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan's world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he's been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.

From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature - the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father - if he finds him alive.

©2016 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Entertaining

A good story. Not great, but it kept moving and was entertaining. I liked the characters. This author's characters are always realistic, flawed people, which makes the story more believable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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loved it !

Really great book. I was sad to get home every day because I just wanted to keep listening!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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She did it again.

loved all the characters in this novel. The narrator had a lot to do with that i think. I enjoyed this book very much.

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Pretty good story and narration.

Good but the ending fell short for me. I liked the main character a lot.

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A Boy Becomes More Than His Parents Ever Will Be


Ryan Hyde- I don't know what to do with her. As an author, she walks the contemporary fiction tightrope and often falls into the Chic-Lit sea.Then, she delivers with novels like "Take Me With You" and now, "Leaving Blythe." She reminds me of Jodi Piccoult.. a great author when she doesn't let drama drive her writing.

This adventure is a coming of age story about a 17- year-old boy looks 12, and becomes a giant of a man.

Will Ropp does a fine job with narration.

Leaving Blythe is an easy read, but a great story, and well written. It has a young adult feel, but is well written and has depth. Hyde walks the tightrope and makes it across to the other side.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Should have labeled a YA book

Or specifically 10-13 yo. This author has done this to me before :) that's on me I guess!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-04-17

A great read for adolescents and adults alike.

A lesson in the fallacies of our judgement and expectations of others, at any age, and the ability to grow in the face of adversity.

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I love Catherine Ryan Hyde's books!!

I have been fortunate to read quite a few of her books and they are all very different, yet very well written. This was my first time hearing one read via Audible. The narrator/performer was Excellent. I will continue to read (or listen to) any Catherine Ryan Hyde book that comes my way!!!

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UNEXPECTEDLY USEFUL

Good description of narcissistic man and effect on family. Great story of a son's growth.

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If for adults, horrible

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Let me count the ways. First, if this was meant for young adults, it would have sufficed but it was not labeled YA. If meant for adults, write like an adult. Second, Every second word does not need an expanded explanation. Don't bog down the story with lots of unnecessary words between every action event. Third, in lieu of endless expansions of every second word, work on better descriptions of the landscape. Fourth, develop the characters, especially the main characters.

Would you recommend Leaving Blythe River to your friends? Why or why not?

No, for all the reasons above.

What three words best describe Will Ropp’s performance?

Read for youths

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I didn't read Pay It Forward, only saw the movie, but expected something better than this. Perhaps the movie covered up the terrible writing.

Any additional comments?

This really needs to be marked for YA so other adults are not as disappointed and aggravated as I was. Wasted a credit on this.