- Title: Ordinary Grace (audiobook)
- Author: William Kent Krueger
- Narrator: Rich Orlow
- Genre: Fiction; Mystery
- Published: Recorded Books – March 2013
- Source: purchased
Synopsis: New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family— which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother— he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. (publisher)
My brief take: I highly recommend the audiobook edition of this novel. The narration by Rich Orlow is superb.
Just read the synopsis above. If that doesn’t grab you, well, never mind. I think it will. And, in the end, you’ll probably be glad you read (or listened to) it. I don’t want to say much more than what I posted on Goodreads:
. . . A coming of age novel where ordinary grace meets the awful grace of God in a small town in Minnesota during one summer in the early 1960s.
It’s one of my 2013 Favorites.
12 thoughts on “Audiobook: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger”
This sounds great Mary – Thanks for sharing
This sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.
I loved Ordinary Grace. It stands as one of my favorite books of all time. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, too!
Sounds like a fascinating read. I love audio books, especially when I’m in the car so much. Thanks for the recommendation.
I read this in print and loved it. I passed it on to my mom and she loved it too.
Sounds like an emotional read, and intense. Glad you liked it.
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Still haven’t gotten around to this one but TBG and I both love WKK’s mystery series. His sense of place is fabulous! Glad to know you enjoyed this one so much.
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I’ve seen this one everywhere. I’ll see if I can get the audiobook at my local library.
I really liked this book too. I have read his newest, Tamarack County. It was good as well.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy the first full week of 2014.
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