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Peace Like a River (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Peace Like a River - Audio Cassette - Unabridged
Author: Leif Enger, Chad Lowe (Narrator)
Dead for 10 minutes before his father orders him to breathe in the name of the living God, Reuben Land is living proof that the world is full of miracles. But it's the impassioned honesty of his quiet, measured narrative voice that gives weight and truth to the fantastic elements of this engrossing tale. — From the vantage point of adulthood, Reu...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780694525836
ISBN-10: 0694525839
Publication Date: 9/1/2001
Edition: Unabridged
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4.2 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed Peace Like a River (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 331 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
I have both the print and the audio versions of this book, and cannot believe that it took me until now to read either copy of this wonderful book that was published back in 2001! How to describe it? Adventure? Mystery? Fantasy? It is all of those, but mostly, a quest.
Set in the Midwest in the 1960's, this tale is told by 11 year old, asthmatic Reuben, starting with his own stillbirth, and miraculous resurrection by his father. An ordinary man, a school janitor, divorced and doing a fine job of raising his 3 children, who just happens to walk on air when he prays. The story moves to the Badlands when the father takes Reuben and his 9 year old sister Swede out of school to search for their 16 year old brother who has broken out of jail after being convicted of murdering the young men who were harassing the family. Here, moving from Jetstream & the FBI, to horseback and posse, it appears we are reliving a western, and indeed, in comes a relative of Butch Cassidy, and we learn what really happened to him and The Kid.
All the characters are entertaining, but none as much as Swede, who even at that young age is destined to be a marvelous writer, whose epic, rhyming poem of the Old West's Good Guys vs. Bad Guys is interspersed throughout the script. A delight, indeed.
A tragedy for sure, this is still a story of hope, love, and a belief in magic and family. A real page-turner.
reviewed Peace Like a River (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I heard rave reviews about this book. Overall, I was pleased after reading it. I thought it was very good. But it was one of those books that started out great, slowed and dragged in the middle and ended great. It wasn't a waste of time, that's for sure, but it wasn't one of the best books I've ever read, like I heard it would be.
reviewed Peace Like a River (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 188 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
I know the book got rave reviews, but I didn't think it was so great. Parts of it were tiresome.
reviewed Peace Like a River (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Humorous, devastating, spiritual -- what more could one ask for in a book? We read this in book club and most of the ratings were 7's, 8's and 9's (highest is 10). Highly recommended.
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Helpful Score: 4
The narrative voice of the boy in this novel is stunning! Well written, compulsive-to-read...a friend recommended this to me to read right away, ahead of all my other books, and I do not regret it. Great fiction!
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reviewed Peace Like a River (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged) on + 33 more book reviews
This audio book was totally fascinating to listen to. I fell in love with the charachters and even though the father for example could have become a caricacture of his religious beliefs but he is portrayed as such a kind and nurturing man that he doesn't seem nuts at all. The end came out of nowhere and it leaves you satisfied somewhere. A total gem.
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I have both the print and the audio versions of this book, and cannot believe that it took me until now to read either copy of this wonderful book that was published back in 2001! How to describe it? Adventure? Mystery? Fantasy? It is all of those, but mostly, a quest.

The audio version is read by Chad Lowe, and if he is to ever receive an award for his work, this should be it. He is an outstanding narrator for this book. One of the best I've ever heard.

Set in the Midwest in the 1960's, this tale is told by 11 year old, asthmatic Reuben, starting with his own stillbirth, and miraculous resurrection by his father. An ordinary man, a school janitor, divorced and doing a fine job of raising his 3 children, who just happens to walk on air when he prays. The story moves to the Badlands when the father takes Reuben and his 9 year old sister Swede out of school to search for their 16 year old brother who has broken out of jail after being convicted of murdering the young men who were harassing the family. Here, moving from Jetstream & the FBI, to horseback and posse, it appears we are reliving a western, and indeed, in comes a relative of Butch Cassidy, and we learn what really happened to him and The Kid.
All the characters are entertaining, but none as much as Swede, who even at that young age is destined to be a marvelous writer, whose epic, rhyming poem of the Old West's Good Guys vs. Bad Guys is interspersed throughout the script. A delight, indeed.
A tragedy for sure, this is still a story of hope, love, and a belief in magic and family. A real page-turner.

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