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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: July 2009 ISBN: 9780739383674
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana Higgins | 1/30/2014

    " This was a quick, fun read but not the best-written or most complex book I've read. It was a page-turner, though, and made me feel as if I were on a raft trip! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/28/2014

    " An interesting character driven book with plenty of action to keep you turning the pages. It made me want to go on a river rafting trip. Although I wouldn't want this much drama on my vacation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marybeth | 1/26/2014

    " This was a book with an interesting premise...almost like going along on the trip without getting we! While I enjoyed the desciption of rafting the river (since I have never done it) I found the book to be predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy McC. Mc.C | 1/24/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. It was just not my cup of tea. But, I gave it three stars because the descriptive writing and the vocabulary is marvelous. The plot just didn't strike my fancy. It is one of those books that I think you have to be in the right frame of mind to read. I will keep it on my To Read list and perhaps come back to it in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/16/2014

    " Good book for a rainy public holiday read. A real page turner that tells the story of a group of strangers thrown together on rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and what happens to them during their 13 day adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 11/28/2013

    " Improbable combination of problems on the rafting trip but an easy fast read. A good change of pace after a more tedious book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed reading this book, it is a simple story focusing mainly on the different characters, although i did find part of it a bit far fetched. I think the main reason I enjoyed it so much was because of all the memories it brought back for me of my trip through the canyon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marta | 11/2/2013

    " Not great literature, but if you've ever dreamed of rafting the colorado through the Grand Canyon, this is a very interesting fictional account of a 2 week excursion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 10/14/2013

    " I have never read a book so fast. One of my definite all-time favorites, if not my MOST favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie | 10/3/2013

    " Fun little armchair adventure. Easy, breezy summer read. The river tale thoroughly wet my appetite for our Arizona vacation later this summer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/2/2013

    " Really enjoyed this. Very accurate portrayal of river guides, great character development / voice, enough tension to keep it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggymsu Valentine Colombo | 5/22/2013

    " I loved this book. One of the best I have read in a while and I didn't figure out what was going on until the author told me. That's a good book in my world! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 laura | 4/20/2013

    " good escape book that is finished before you know it... flirts with your yearning for a summer adventure despite the seemingly unlikley course of events that unravel in a short time span. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/28/2012

    " Couldn't put it down!! Best book I have read in a long time!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellison Kuhne Andert | 11/17/2012

    " A very easy read, and a little vicarious exploration of the Grand Canyon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lona Pinkall | 8/8/2012

    " Interesting story. Makes me want to take a raft trip. Exciting and unexpected plot twist at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 7/23/2012

    " This was written by a Colorado author so I wanted to read it this summer. It was a bit slow paced and predictable but was entertaining while driving to Missouri. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amandajane | 6/6/2012

    " Not amazing literature by any means, but a easy, fun read. Though this particular trip down the Colorado had some (a lot) of mishaps, it's still a trip on my bucket list! The character study was interesting, and I definitely know people that fit most of these roles. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 12/24/2011

    " Gripping enough character studies to keep one reading, but predictability wins out in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tenna | 10/2/2011

    " Best book I've read in a long time...I couldn't put it down. And, it made this city girl really want to take a rafting trip! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Niki | 8/2/2011

    " I really liked the idea of this story and getting to know the characters, not so much the language and content. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellison | 5/4/2011

    " A very easy read, and a little vicarious exploration of the Grand Canyon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/26/2011

    " Good book for a rainy public holiday read. A real page turner that tells the story of a group of strangers thrown together on rafting trip through the Grand Canyon and what happens to them during their 13 day adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/31/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book also. Interesting collection of characters and observe their interactions and how the trip affected them. The descriptions of the canyon and rafting the river were excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/23/2011

    " An odd assortment of characters raft the Grand Canyon in this thrilling adventure. The author makes you feel each twist of the river. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/3/2011

    " I liked it. It is thought provoking. It made you think about your own life choices and relationships. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/27/2011

    " I have never read a book so fast. One of my definite all-time favorites, if not my MOST favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harriet | 2/25/2011

    " I liked this book even more than I liked The Abortionist's Daughter, by the same author. I read the book in one day. Just couldn't put it down. Some of the plot twists I saw coming, others caught me completely by surprise. Can't wait to discuss this with my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 2/5/2011

    " This was an adventure book about the Grand Canyon. I enjoyed the book so much I could not put it down. Lots of turns and twists that were unexpected. Good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 2/4/2011

    " Wow - I really enjoyed this quick and easy read. Makes me want to raft down the canyon . . . a lovely surprise of a book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caryn | 1/4/2011

    " It was quite the adventure white water rafting down the Colorado. I am sure some of us have been on trips or at least wished we had not been on trips with some of the people like these. I think that reading this book cured me from taking this two week long trip. "

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About the Author
Elisabeth Hyde is the author of four previous novels. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she has since lived in Vermont, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle. In 1979 she received her law degree and practiced briefly with the U.S. Department of Justice. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.
About the Narrators

Mark Deakins is an actor whose television appearances include Head Case, Star Trek: Voyager, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. His film credits include Intervention, Star Trek: Insurrection, and The Devil’s Advocate. He recently wrote, directed, and produced the short film The Smith Interviews.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.