Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfathers Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction Audiobook, by Dave Kindred Play Audiobook Sample

Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction Audiobook

Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfathers Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction Audiobook, by Dave Kindred Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Dave Kindred Publisher: PublicAffairs Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549155895

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Longest Chapter Length:

30:45 minutes

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04:36 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

15:30 minutes

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Publisher Description

Dave Kindred's extraordinary investigation of the death of his grandson yields a powerful memoir of addiction, grief, and the stories we choose to tell our families and ourselves

Jared Kindred left his home and family at the age of eighteen, choosing to wander across America on freight train cars and live on the street. Addicted to alcohol most of his short life, and withholding the truth from many who loved him, he never found a way to survive.

Through this ordeal, Dave Kindred's love for his grandson has never wavered.

Leave Out the Tragic Parts is not merely a reflection on love and addiction and loss. It is a hard-won work of reportage, meticulously reconstructing the life Jared chose for himself--a life that rejected the comforts of civilization in favor of a chance to roam free.

Kindred asks painful but important questions about the lies we tell to get along, and what binds families together or allows them to fracture. Jared's story ended in tragedy, but the act of telling it is an act of healing and redemption. This is an important book on how to love your family, from a great writer who has lived its lessons.

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“Searing, terrifying, and brilliantly written…I believe that the greatest art can come from the greatest pain and love, and this book is pure art.”

— David Sheff, New York Times bestselling author 


  • “Kindred tells the story truly and with love.”

    — David Maraniss, New York Times bestselling author
  • “A rageful lullaby of love and regret, and a wonder to behold.”

    — Jane Leavy, New York Times bestselling author

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About Dave Kindred

Dave Kindred, author of several books, received the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing for “his riveting storytelling and spare language and a quarter century of contribution to the canon of sports writing” He has been a newspaper and magazine columnist for thirty-seven years. His newspaper work for the Washington Post and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earned three nominations for the Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the 1991 Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement in sports journalism.