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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Loved it!

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

5 of 5 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.

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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.

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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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The Raw Everyday and Eternal Beautifully Collide

Words in this book are so beautifully arranged, the images make a beautiful piece art.

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excellent story

I enjoyed this story from the beginning to the last word. The author quickly develops a sense of expectation and wonder and maintains that throughout the story.

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  • 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.

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Fabulous!

I loved this book! It's beautifully written. What a captivating story! I would recommend this book to anyone!

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Mesmerizing book with a beautiful lyrical style

I love this book! It was a wonderful combination of lyrical writing style, engaging plot, and characters that are well developed and relatable. The element of the of the higher power adds just the right touch of the mysterious in the same vein as “Second Hand Lions” and “August Rush”. This doesn’t require a suspension of disbelief for me as there is element of the unexplained in our lives and it is an integral part of the story.
I would recommend this book to anyone – very enjoyable and time well spent! I cannot wait to read more from this author. His writing quality and style is a bonus on top of the actual storyline and makes him stand out from other authors.