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Award-winning actor and playwright Ron McLarty is well known for his audiobook performances. What fewer people realize is that he's also an accomplished author. In this wonderfully quirky novel, available exclusively as an audiobook, McLarty takes readers on a quest to find hope and redemption with an unlikely hero.

Smithson Ide is 43 years old and weighs 279 pounds when his parents die in an accident. Lost in memories of childhood, Smithson uncovers his old Raleigh bicycle in the garage and begins a cross-country journey to find his beautiful, but tragically psychotic sister. Keenly aware of how ridiculous he must appear, Smithson nonetheless perseveres through a journey that is hilarious and horrifying. It is a trip, he soon realizes, that might provide his last chance to become the person he has always wanted to be.

©2002 Ron McLarty (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Ron McLarty's The Memory of Running is the best novel you won't read this year. But you can experience it, and I'm all but positive that you'll thank me for the tip if you do....What I hope is that you'll order a copy and experience it for yourself....It's bighearted and as satisfying as one of your mom's home-cooked Sunday dinners." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

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    4 out of 5 stars

The Memory of Running (Unabridged)

I picked this audio book because of its unusual storyline of Smithson Ide, going on a bike ride to find himself, and the whereabouts of his sister after their parents passed away. Unfortunately, I was not able to fully identify with any of its main protagonists, due to their language, their background and their naiveté. Smithson found himself in the most unusual and oftentimes dangerous situations. The story was interesting and I enjoyed listening to it, however, I was not overwhelmed. I was positively surprised when the narration continued after the (somehow abrupt?) end of the book, revealing an interview with the autor cum narrator. What a great bonus - I enjoyed this interview almost more than the book itself. Ron McLarty has an amazing voice which matched the characters very well. All in all, this story was original, but the book did not fully meet my expectations.

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Eine lebendige Geschichte über Leben und Tod

Ein road movie in Buchform, bei demder Protagonist sich mit der Vergangenheit versöhnt, sich von seiner geliebten, geisteskranken Schwester verabschiedet und ein neues, eigenes Leben beginnt.

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hörenswert

Mir hat das Hörbuch sehr gut gefallen. Die Hauptperson wurde Dank den subtilen Beschreibungen und der eindrücklichen Art des Vorlesens richtig lebendig. Zwischendurch blieb die Geschichte mal ein wenig stehen. Ansonsten kann ich dieses Hörbuch aber wirklich nur empfehlen.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eva Falk
  • Hasselroth, Deutschland
  • 15.05.2008

The Memory of Running

Sehr gut verst?ndlich,Sprecher excellenter Schauspieler,nicht langweilig!

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