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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (906 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elisabeth Hyde Narrator: Mark Deakins, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Meet Peter, twenty-seven, single, and looking for a quick hookup; Evelyn, a fifty-year-old Harvard professor; and Ruth and Lloyd, river veterans in their seventies. There’s Mitchell, an overeager history buff with no qualms about upstaging the guides with his knowledge. There’s Jill from Salt Lake City, wanting desperately to spark some sense of adventure in her staid Mormon family; and seventeen-year-old Amy, so woefully overweight that she can barely fit into a pup tent, let alone into a life jacket.

Guiding them all is JT Maroney, who loves the river with all his heart and who, having made 124 previous trips down the Colorado, thinks he has seen everything. But on their first night, a stray dog wanders into their campsite, upsetting the tentative equilibrium of this makeshift family. Over the next thirteen days, as various decisions are second-guessed and sometimes regretted, both passengers and guides find that sometimes the most daunting adventures on a Colorado River trip have nothing to do with white-water rapids, and everything to do with reconfiguring the rocky canyons of the heart.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura Greenfield | 2/18/2014

    " Great characterization. I felt like I was with them on the whole trip. The end a bit contrived but slighlty surprising. Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Becky Youman | 2/15/2014

    " I probably gave it a higher score than I would have normally, but it reminded me a lot of the fun trip I had last year down the canyon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/12/2014

    " Enjoyable story and cast of characters, and having rafted the Grand Canyon some years ago, I appreciated the memory jog. Makes we want to do it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol | 2/1/2014

    " Great book. One of those can't put it down ones. About a white water rafting trip down the Colorado River. The characters are all very real people. Makes me realize I will never do one of those trips! "

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