"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.
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 . . .
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about When I Found You?
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.
What was one of the most memorable moments of When I Found You?
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.
What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?
He was able to change his voice with the change of characters so that you knew exactly who was talking.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. It carried the message that in giving our lives away we find meaning and purpose and joy.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this book immensely. The story line brought so many of my own emotions to the surface, unconditional love, caring for another human being for no other reason than a gut feeling that it's the right thing to do.
The narration was excellent. The reader brought each character to life.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does When I Found You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the top in its category.
What did you like best about this story?
The story really was we written and exceeded what I expected it to be.
Which character – as performed by Jeff Cummings – was your favorite?
Nathan was my favorite, so sweet, caring, kind.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The end was sweet :)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you try another book from Catherine Ryan Hyde and/or Jeff Cummings?
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.
Would you recommend When I Found You to your friends? Why or why not?
Perhaps the book itself would be worth reading, but listening to this turned me off.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
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.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
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.
Any additional comments?
I will definitely check reviews before making a snap purchase like this again - what a waste!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about When I Found You?
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.
Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Ryan Hyde again?
Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Cummings’s performances?
Never. He is dreadful as a narrator. Everyone sounds hateful and grouchy or whiny.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointed that what could have been a compelling story was so dreadfully written and even more dreadfully performed.
Any additional comments?
Those who are considering this book should run, run, run to something else.
8 of 10 people found this review helpful
Wonderful, your credits will be well spent. Well written and narrated story of unconditional love.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful