Raft of Stars: A Novel Audiobook, by Andrew J. Graff Play Audiobook Sample

Raft of Stars: A Novel Audiobook

Raft of Stars: A Novel Audiobook, by Andrew J. Graff Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Lincoln Hoppe Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063031937

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Longest Chapter Length:

55:37 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

43 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

32:03 minutes

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Publisher Description

“A rousing adventure yarn full of danger and heart and humor.” —Richard Russo

An instant classic for fans of Jane Smiley and Kitchens of the Great Midwest: when two hardscrabble young boys think they’ve committed a crime, they flee into the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten-year-old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about.

One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them.

Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own. Fish’s mother Miranda, a wise woman full of fierce faith; his granddad, Teddy, who knows the woods like the back of his hand; Tiffany, a purple-haired gas station attendant and poet looking for connection; and Sheriff Cal, who’s having doubts about a life in law enforcement.

The adults track the boys toward the novel’s heart-pounding climax on the edge of the gorge and a conclusion that beautifully makes manifest the grace these characters find in the wilderness and one another. This timeless story of loss, hope, and adventure runs like the river itself amid the vividly rendered landscape of the Upper Midwest.

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“About two ten-year-old boys on the lam on a river raft…With its sublime constellations of images, offers brutal beauty, the glinting edge of truth, and the possibility of redemption for the fifth-grade boys and also for the adults chasing them.”

— Boston Globe 


  • “An adventurous tale of misfit characters and a humble riverboat.”

    — Parade
  • “Graff writes exquisitely about the wilderness...to deliver a gripping adventure tale.”

    — Washington Post
  • “A clarion call to the wild softness in all of us.”

    — Country Living
  • “Highly recommended, whether you want literate thrills or thoughtful, affirming meditation.”

    — Library Journal (starred review)


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick
  • A New York Times Book Review pick of Best Books Now in Paperback
  • A Parade Magazine Pick for Spring

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About Andrew J. Graff

Andrew J. Graff is the author of novel Raft of Stars. His fiction and essays have appeared in Image and Dappled Things. He grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, he earned an MFA degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Ohio and teaches at Wittenberg University.

About Lincoln Hoppe

Lincoln Hoppe is an accomplished actor of stage and screen with several films, plays, television shows, and numerous audiobooks to his credit. His audiobook narrations have earned him nine AudioFile Earphones Awards. His diverse voice characterizations can be heard on animated films, video games, and commercials across the globe. He is a member of the Lost Angeles Comedy Sportz Improv Company.