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Peace Like a River

Narrated by: Chad Lowe
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,210 ratings)

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Born with no air in his lungs, it was only when Reuben Land's father, Jeremiah, picked him up and commanded him to breathe that Reuben's lungs filled. Reuben struggles with debilitating asthma from then on, making him a boy who knows firsthand that life is a gift, and also one who suspects that his father is touched by God and can overturn the laws of nature.

The quiet 1960s midwestern life of the Lands is upended when Reuben's brother, Davy, kills two marauders who have come to harm the family. The morning of his sentencing, Davy (a hero to some, a cold-blooded murderer to others) escapes from his cell, and the Lands set out in search of him. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and they cover territory even more extraordinary than the Badlands, where they search for Davy from their Airstream trailer.

Sprinkled with playful nods to Biblical tales, beloved classics such as Huckleberry Finn,, the adventure stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, and the westerns of Zane Grey, Peace Like A River is at once a heroic quest, a tragedy, a love story, and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.

©2001 Leif Enger (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Actor Chad Lowe reads with a warm, deliberative voice perfectly suited to Leif Enger's meditative and melodic story of a family's search throughout the West for its outlaw son. Lowe doesn't attempt any verbal flourishes, nor does he try to give specific voices to different characters. Instead, he simply and beautifully reads aloud - slowly enough for Enger's evocative prose to shine and with just enough emotion to magnify this tale of the redemptive power of love." ( AudioFile)

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Poetic Coming Of Age Story

This book is captivating, poetically written, and the rings true. A coming of age story on par, in my opinion, with such greats as "To Kill A Mockingbird," "Catcher in the Rye," and "Tom Sawyer." Yes, it is THAT good. Kept me involved from the first moment to the end. Chad Lowe does a fantastic job narrating - very believable as the voice of the main character and transitions well to the voices of other characters. I'll recommend this book over and over.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

Chad Lowe does an amazing narration of an absolutely lovely book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Donald
  • Stratford, PE, Canada
  • 07-13-07

Uplifting

This is an imaginative, well written, well read, easy to listen to book. It presents what I guess the atmosphere in the mid west to be like mid 20th century.
I found it uplifting emotionally and spiritually.
Its Christian and family oriented.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • HR
  • 11-05-16

I've been waiting for a book this good for a long time.

This is my first review of an Audible book. It is by far one of the best books I have purchased. The writing, the story and the performance are all great. I'm sure I will listen to it again in years to come.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Wb
  • 02-19-18

This just wasn't my kind of story.

I think this story was a bit sensational for me. Just not my favorite. Maybe it was because of the in your face religion. I'm a religious person, but this wasn't my style.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Loved it from beginning to end!

Many books start slow and struggle to get their footing before you really start to enjoy them. This one started strong right out of the gate and stayed strong throughout.

I read several reviewers before purchasing this book and I have to say that I have no idea what they were complaining about. Those that felt that a preteen protagonist wouldn't use the language and feel the emotional insights the main character explains must not have read many first person coming of age stories. I just finished Treasure Island and am now listening to David Copperfield and both are similarly written with a vocabulary and insight that the young protagonist could not have been able to express at the age they are in the story. Stephen King's the Body (the movie Stand by Me) is also in this category. So, it seems that Enger is in good company here.

As far as this book goes, it was nice to see characters who were led by their faith. It was also nice to listen to a book that had such a serious, adult matter at its center (the killing of a young man by another young man and the repercussions felt) but didn't have to resort to "adult" language. I really loved this book!

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Great story, terrible music

The story is engaging and quite good. The narrator war excellent, but the musical interludes were terrible and quite annoying.

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lovely! Very heartfelt and warming.

this book was required reading for my high school daughter. She liked it and recommended it to me. I loved the book!

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3.5 stars

Long & sometimes meandering; yet an enjoyable & wholesome story of faith and the power of the unconditional love of family.

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Beautifully written, excellently narrated

A wonderful, gripping story. The reader was sooo good. I didn’t want it to end!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful