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Ordinary Grace

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Rich Orlow

11 Hours 2 Minutes

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March 2013

Audio Book Summary

From 'New York Times 'bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961. New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson's Drug Store soda counter, 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 summer in which death assumed many forms. When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal. On the surface, 'Ordinary Grace' is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter and sister. At heart, it's the story of what that tragedy does to a boy, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a 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.

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  • J Mahoney

    Loved this book. I read it along side of my teenage son. It truly makes you think about life and how fragile it is and the presence of a higher being.

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  • Jackie Scherry

    Easy listening, enjoyed the book. It was a book that was easy to listen to, narrator was easy to listen to, very relaxing, good book to listen to before bed.

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  • Patricia C.

    I enjoyed this book. It was suspenseful until the end. There are not many books told from the viewpoint of a 12 year old boy. In spite of that fact it kept me interested. The narrator did an amazing job taking on the many characters in the book. He was excellent.

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  • Amber L.

    An easy listening book that does not require you to spend 100% of your time concentrating, although it throws in a little bit of a mystery as you have to decipher who done it as the story concludes. Written in the voice of the oldest son, it flows and ebbs easily and resonates about choices we must make in the crossroads of life.

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  • Kathie H.

    This book reels you in from the very beginning. The story is told through the eyes of a boisterous and sometimes rebellious 13-year-old, but the themes are universal…what is normal, God, love, death, redemption? I didn’t want this book to end.

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  • Mary C.

    This was an excellent book. It was a very thought provoking book and the characters were easy to fall in love with.

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  • Carrie K.

    Well-developed and believable characters. A human story with a mystery woven in (as opposed to the opposite). It really made me ponder things in my own life. Highly recommend.

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  • Heather D.

    Fantastic narrator. Great story! Interesting characters and details in a simpler time. Surprise ending. What more can you ask for?

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  • carolcali390@gmail.com

    Loved the book even though it was somewhat predictable—a good portrayal of how people deal with tragedy. The author did a wonderful job with family dynamics showing that love and understanding help heal all wounds.

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  • Daniel W.

    Well done mystery that subtly includes powerful life lessons.

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