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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

©2013 William Kent Krueger (P)2013 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

“Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a stand-alone novel that shares much with his other work.” ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Great author and Great reader

Where does Ordinary Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is up there at the very top.

What did you like best about this story?

It revolved around a family and the people in the town and also it had mystery in it too.
I really liked the family.

What does Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh Rich Orlow's voice! This was a great story, but with Rich Orlow reading it, I was mesmerized. I stayed up all through the night listening to him. I could not quit listening to him. Now I am reviewing other books he has narrated. Just listen to him and you will also be addicted to his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was. It was approx 10 hour book. I have never listened to a book that long. It was an all nighter and part of the morning. I had the luxury of not working today so I could finishing listening to Rich Orlow's engaging voice.

Any additional comments?

Be sure to listen to this book. You won't regret it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A gem of a story, extremely well told

If you could sum up Ordinary Grace in three words, what would they be?

Engrossing, nostalgic, and well-written. But just three words don't really do this fine novel justice.

What other book might you compare Ordinary Grace to and why?

I chose Ordinary Grace because I thought it sounded a little like Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon, which is another absolutely wonderful novel. It is like that, at least on the surface – a story about a 13-year-old boy who lives in a small town in Minnesota, and how several deaths, including a murder, affect him and his family. But it’s a much larger story than that; it’s about family, love, life, God, and “God’s awful grace” (a quote from Aeschylus), plus ordinary grace as referred to in the title. It's not a story about religion, though.

What does Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Rich Orlow was the perfect choice as narrator; his flat, Midwestern accent is perfect, and he gives each character – males, females, and a wide variety of ages – distinctive and very believable voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It's possible that a movie could be made of this book, but I'm doubtful any film would be anywhere as good, so I'm content if no one makes one.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this Audible title -- perhaps more than if I had simply read it -- and I will definitely listen to it again at some point.. Highly recommended.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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So much sadness!

What did you love best about Ordinary Grace?

I really liked this book and LOVED the narrator. It was a book with soooo much sadness but ultimately was a satisfying read. I'd recommend it as long as the overarching sadness isn't too much for you. I have a friend who hated the book but I enjoyed it. Go figure.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Here You Go... One You Won't Want To End


In the library of your mind, if you browse through the nostalgic coming-of-age shelf, you will find Ordinary Grace somewhere between "A River Runs Through It" and "Stand By Me."

William Krueger's writing style is true to the title, as he rewards his readers with graceful prose and stunning imagery in this "slice of life" as told through the eyes of a man looking back 40 years on the timeline of his life.

The story is one of a small town pastor and his family as their love is challenged by loss, personal secrets, and a murder mystery that serves as the overall catalyst for peace among them.

The narrator was born to read this story.

This is a smooth read that kind of just floats along. It's not thrilling or suspenseful, and it's not a page turner..but you will keep turning the pages.


5 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Extraordinary!

Cannot say enough great things about this book! At times felt like I knew what was going to happen, but was fooled. By the time I figured it all out I didn't mind at all. It still kept me, almost like living inside the book & its characters.

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Extraordinary characters

enjoyed the mix of characters. so much packed in this story. Liked listening to the story from the boys point of view.

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 12-31-17

Good but too male-centric for my taste

This is a coming-of-age book with a mystery component that I can see why people love, but I wasn't quite as in awe of it. This my personal preference but it was too male-oriented. Nearly every character is male, and the female characters are stuck in very confining roles: mother, wife, sister, girlfriend. Admittedly, some of this is because the book is told from a boy's point of view around 1960, but it was written now so there's not an excuse for having no women who are really fully developed people with lives and thoughts outside the plot, especially when the males are so richly described and filled with hidden depths. I found myself easily pulled away by other books during the reading of this, even though I enjoyed it while reading it. Your mileage may vary. Grade: B

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Best book I’ve read in a long time

This is a quality story with quality characters. It’s the best story I’ve listened to/read in quite a long time. Seems like years ago books were so much more well written and this one is of that caliber.

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Understanding forgiveness and healing

I appreciate how the author has a person being able to forgive the person who jut murdered his mother. I enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end.

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  • Tim
  • United States
  • 11-27-17

Open Discussion

I was asking my book club if Ordinary Grace was a good read and a few members in the club highly recommend it. This book is a coming to age story, mystery, and belief on a spiritual power. The book is written well and I can see why my friends enjoyed it. I've read it over Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe I read it too fast or maybe I should had an open discussion with the book club that I belong to, but I didn't really get it. The story was just too ordinary for me to catch on what is going on.

I understand the moral compass and the small town feeling. Maybe I enjoyed the book more than I thought because I kept on reading it for the past three days. I enjoyed the ending. It was something that I didn't expected. I should had waited to talk to my friends to go more in depth.