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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James King Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455198078
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This insightful novel follows Bill Warrington, an elderly Korean War veteran and widower, on his quest to reconcile with his three grown children before he succumbs to Alzheimer’s. When his fifteen-year-old granddaughter, April, runs away from home, Bill obliges her wish to drive from Ohio to San Francisco, where she hopes to become a rock singer. As the unlikely pair head west, he leaves clues intended to force April’s mother and uncles to overcome their grievances and mutual distrust and work together to find them. A rich multigenerational saga, Bill Warrington’s Last Chance soars with humor, compassion, and unflinching insight into the pain and joy of all family life, while the promise of a new generation shines bright against the ravages of aging in a man who does not go gently…anywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perhaps one of the best things you can say about a novel is that the story lingers after you finish it. I have gone on thinking about this one without trying.”

    Sue Monk Kidd, New York Times bestselling author

  • “My sympathies were engaged throughout and I was invested in the outcome. As far as I’m concerned, this is what reading is about and what a good book is supposed to do.”

    Sue Grafton

  • “James King’s debut novel is a mature, nuanced, and insightful story; a family drama that will resonate with so many readers.”

    Tim McCall, Penguin’s vice president of online sales and marketing

  • “Everything about this novel is sharp—the angular prose, the twisty plot, the keenly etched details of place and person, the barbs characters fling at one another. Yet the reader comes out the back of this book with his eyes tearing up and his mind opened to the possibility that resentment, regret, and anger can yield to understanding and hope, even in the most dysfunctional families.”

    Eamon Dolan, vice president and editor-in-chief, The Penguin Press

  • “[A] nicely tuned road trip novel from 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award–winner King…The spirited interplay between the gruff but wounded Bill and the perhaps too precocious April provides the most sensitive scenes in this enjoyable first novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Joe Barrett narrates with a gravelly tone that’s a perfect match for the gruff Bill’s voice and thoughts. With only a small shift, Barrett gives April a cynical teen voice. Along the way, Bill’s disintegrating mental state and April’s increasing concern for him are brought to life in Barrett’s voice. The dysfunctional characters feel familiar at times, but Barrett and King keep the interest going in this family drama.”

    AudioFile

  • “Part road odyssey, part coming-of-age tale, King’s novel achieves the exact right balance of humor, redemption, and reconciliation.”

    Booklist

  • Bill Warrington’s Last Chance turns out to be quite a ride for all the characters involved—and it proves that taking a chance may not turn out exactly as you had planned, but it’s darn worth a try.”

    BookPage

  • Winner of the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/4/2014

    " A unique story line--not the kind you can't put down, but a slower read that really makes you think. The author did an excellent job, I think, of portraying the teenage girl's thoughts and emotions. The grandfather's oscillation between present and past realities was well done. I found myself having moments, away from reading, imagining what it must be like to experience alzheimers, and occasionally wondering if I am experiencing it myself from time to time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solkon | 1/30/2014

    " I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 1/16/2014

    " I adored this book. I would put it in my top 3! The story and the characters felt so real to me! The dynamic between the siblings and how the tragic loss of their mother affected them rang true. For those who have ever suffered the loss of an immediate family member as a child, you may be better able to relate to this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 1/3/2014

    " Well-written story about a broken family being pieced back together. I liked how the author was able to write from so many points of view: old man, teen-aged girl, and middle aged men and women. Family drama plus road trip; what more could you ask for? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/1/2014

    " I really enjoyed this story. It was not profound or earth-shattering, but in spite of the cantankerous or annoying personalities of some of the characters, it was endearing and actually heart-warming. It's the story of a grandfather/granddaughter relationship. It is also the story of a father who wanted to do a better job but didn't, and it tells how he comes together with his grown kids in the end. Both pieces of the story were compelling, but I enjoyed the granddaughter part the most. I listened to this book on my ipod, very enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jim Pozenel | 12/16/2013

    " I didn't care for it at all. It was a very boring read with shallow characters. I feel like reading it was time wasted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luna kisser | 12/8/2013

    " wass a cute story.. makes you think about all the older folks and if and when was the last time you hugged your grandparents "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth B | 12/7/2013

    " I gave 3 stars because I like the message and basic storyline. However, I almost gave only 2 stars because I think there were a lot of meaningless parts in the book. It dragged on and on for me. I am glad I pushed myself to finish, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 3/7/2013

    " An entertaining read about a dysfunctional family. Several flawed but very likeable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/15/2011

    " Good story about a girl and her grandfather. Author does a good job of describing dementia through the mind of the victim; what things might seem like to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda Blake | 8/4/2011

    " James King has a definite talent for capturing the stream of consciousness of a wide range of characters, especially a wide range of ages, from 16 to 80. This is a unique disfunctional family story told with humor and pathos. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 7/21/2011

    " While this was a good depiction of someone with Alzheimer's, like the disease, it has too many gaps. We learn about the characters in bits and pieces and never get the whole story. Threads are left unfinished and the ending is abrupt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lois | 3/17/2011

    " I just started it. I'm reading it for a book discussion group so I have a month to read it. The premise looks really good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/11/2011

    " well written and makes you think of how your actions affect other people, regardless of your intentions. really enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 2/4/2011

    " A first novel by the author - it really is between really liked it and amazing. Great characters - I read it straight through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 1/19/2011

    " Bill Warrington is a sad and angry widower with Alzheimer’s. He is practically estranged from his 3 grown children when he embarks on a cross-country odyssey with his 15 year old grand-daughter. It took e a while to get into this book but by the end I was enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/15/2011

    " Good story about a girl and her grandfather. Author does a good job of describing dementia through the mind of the victim; what things might seem like to him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solkon | 1/2/2011

    " I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/19/2010

    " James King has a definite talent for capturing the stream of consciousness of a wide range of characters, especially a wide range of ages, from 16 to 80. This is a unique disfunctional family story told with humor and pathos. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 11/26/2010

    " Very enjoyable, funny, poignant without being trite. Recommend you read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/14/2010

    " I liked it very much, but for me the ending was a bit disappointing. This is Mr. King's first novel, and I look forward to reading more of his work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 10/7/2010

    " An entertaining read about a dysfunctional family. Several flawed but very likeable characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luna | 9/27/2010

    " wass a cute story.. makes you think about all the older folks and if and when was the last time you hugged your grandparents "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Delta | 9/12/2010

    " Bill Warrington is taking his grandaughter to San Francisco, while on this trip he looks back on his life. He thinks about where he went wrong as a father in his childrens lives. I really enjoyed this book, makes you wonder if ever parent does this when they get older. "

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About the Author
Author James King

James King, a corporate communications specialist, has wanted to be a writer since he was a child. Born in Ohio, he currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and children. He wrote most of Bill Warrington’s Last Chance in 2008 while earning an M.A. degree in creative writing from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, Don Winslow, and James W. Huston.