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Ordinary Grace Audiobook

Ordinary Grace

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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

What the Critics Say

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

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    S. Conaghan Olathe, Ks 01-08-14
    S. Conaghan Olathe, Ks 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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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.<br/>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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    Jim Hall 11-22-13
    Jim Hall 11-22-13

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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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    Lucy 08-12-13
    Lucy 08-12-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Cortney L Waterman 08-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book all around"

    We listened to it in the car with the family, great message and good family lessons

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    G-Mom 07-30-17
    G-Mom 07-30-17
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    "Great story, great performance"

    I don't usually care for coming of age time frame books. I did however much enjoy this story. I couldn't put it down. I loved all the characters. The performance was amazing. Rich Orlow somehow made me feel the Indian character reads were different people speaking.

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    birdbrain 07-27-17
    birdbrain 07-27-17
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    "Excellent and unusual murder mystery with massages of faith"

    Wonderful characters fill this book. An exploration of how different families survive the grief after the loss of a child. It can get a bit preachy. Watching the two young brothers develop as the story unwinds is an excellent portrayal of boys becoming men. The characters are very usual and how they intersect is compelling.

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    susie 07-17-17
    susie 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Mystery with soul"

    Frank Drum could easily become the way the best of us is referred to. The souls of Krueger's characters will long stay with readers as will the story. Great summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kim Monument, CO United States 07-09-17
    kim Monument, CO United States 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just a great book"

    Want a good book, get this. I personally hate long reviews. I just want to know if it's good or not. And this is good, very good in fact

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Malcolm WINDSOR, CT, US 07-03-17
    Malcolm WINDSOR, CT, US 07-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderful story"

    I enjoyed this story from start to finish. There is a captivity of words that the author possesses to keep the reader excited for the next chapter. I felt close to the characters and began seeing them throughout the story as real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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