Smithson Ide is 43 years old and weighs 279 pounds when his parents die in an accident....
Dexter County, Maine, and specifically the town of Empire Falls, has seen better days, and for decades, in fact, only a succession from bad to worse....
Art in America tells the story of unknown writer Steven Kearney, an aging man whose lifelong commitment to his art finally brings him to homelessness in NYC....
In this slyly funny and moving novel, Richard Russo follows the unexpected operation of grace in a deadbeat, upstate New York town, and in the lives of the unluckiest of its citizens.
New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history....
After the death of his mother, Albert "Shoe" Horn is left to provide for his alcoholic father and look after his younger brother Bobby - a teenager with the mind of a child....
One of the most widely read novels of the 20th century, W. Somerset Maugham's masterpiece, Of Human Bondage, gives a harrowing depiction of unrequited love....
In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect....
Sports agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big-time....
Jenny Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor....
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening....
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly....
When Renee joins Jono in East Providence, they find themselves drawn into an attempt to find the person responsible for the shootings so long ago. As the truth emerges, Jono is forced to come to terms with a past that is not quite what he remembers.
What both readers and critics alike celebrated in McLarty's first novel - the main character you come to root for, the funny, pitch-perfect dialogue, the writing that is so full of warmth and drama and authenticity - is here again in this fine-tuned and riveting new novel.
"A crisply written novel." (Booklist)
"McLarty's prose remains convincing without crossing into treacly turf." (Publishers Weekly)
I have listened to "Memory of Running" several times, and found it inspiring. I got "Traveler" because I liked Ron McLarty's reading voice, but the book was surprisingly deep and the voice was just as good. I have already listened to is twice. One of the best books ever.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I loved McLarty's book, Memory of Running, so I had high hopes for this book as well. It was okay, but for me this story just didn't have that special quality. It is a fine solid book, I don't regret listening, but oh the other. I suppose this is an author's curse, having readers compare. McLarty delivers the feel and character of Jono's neighborhood perfectly, the story-line just didn't keep me so engaged this time though.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
Mclarty does it again. Using the tale of the present with moments of the past. He spins a great tale with a surprise ending. It is easy to associate with his tales of growing up and having best friends. He does a great job of weaving a store , that shows how what has happened in the past effects what is happening today.
Mclarty also is one of the best readers today in the audiobook business.
Traveler is as good as memory of running. I really enjoyed it
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Ron Mclarty is back again with another easy listen. Although the novel is probably classified as drama. humor can be found in every chapter. The story is quick and easy to follow.
Although The Running Man, also by Ron Mclarty is still the best the Travler should not be ignored.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Traveler to be better than the print version?
I was first introduced to Ron McLarty with "The Memory of Running" which I loved and still go back and listen to again from time to time. This one is a different story with a similar feel. It all takes place in Rhode Island, near where I live, so this really great story has a special "hook" for me. Give it a listen, you won't be able to put it down. I have listened to this one several times and it still has appeal to me, like a favorite movie.
What other book might you compare Traveler to and why?
The Memory of running
Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, just as good, very engaging
If you could rename Traveler, what would you call it?
Don't screw with Bobby
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Traveler?
The plot was unique, with views of current and past.
What did you like best about this story?
It was a very good story line, but having heard a prior interview with the author/narrator, I enjoyed the times in which he referenced the characters he actually played on Law and Order and Cop Rock. Very fun.
Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?
I loved the ensemble - but had a soft spot for the caring policeman.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I love the writing and narrating style of Ron McLarty. I want MORE! Also enjoyed The Memory of Running.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The rich beauty of this book is in the characters and the place McLarty offers, and the 'natural' story of their lives. The mystery and its resolution is a bit of a contrivance that doesn't quite hold with the bulk of the story (and specifically I did not get how Kenny Snowden apparently pieced it together and what he must have said in his call to Jono).
I was entranced with the characters, 1960s East Providence, and McLarty's narration. Perhaps it falls short of the extraordinary Memory of Running, but not by much.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was excited to read this new offering from McLarty as I really enjoyed Memory of Running. Traveler definitely stands up on its own – deeply engaging characters, great dialogue, and endlessly interesting scenery descriptions. There’s a lot from MofR in here as well .... subtle references such as the Ide retirement home etc. that reference his first book … not to mention the same location, time period, Vietnam War injuries etc. But where MofR excelled – a slow, beautifully timed reveal combined with the compelling transformation of the main character – this book falls way short. In the end, Traveler just doesn’t travel very far. The story starts with great promise, then fizzles into an embarrassingly clich? ending (yes, the villain insists on telling all at the height of the final conflict.. what a surprise). The last third of this book needed more time to write, and a much better ending. McLarty’s narration, as always, is absolutely top notch. Hopefully McLarty’s next book will live up to the promise of his first.
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
This was another great book by Ron mclarty. The plot is great and the characters are wonderful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes. Enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend "Memory of Running" first.
Would you be willing to try another book from Ron McLarty? Why or why not?
Yes. I've read two so far and really like his style. I always feel that he is truthful and honest and willing to share his vulnerabilities as well as his characters. I'd say that he finds nobility in the common life.
What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?
Ron's performances are sincere and subtle. They gently invite you into the character's world.
If you could take any character from Traveler out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Hmm... probably Bobby.