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3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Patchett Narrator: Peter Francis James Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780061554476
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Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive and ambitious father. As the former Mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all his children, safe.

Set over a period of 24 hours, Run takes us from the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard to a home for retired Catholic priests in downtown Boston. It shows us how worlds of privilege and poverty can coexist only blocks apart from one another, and how family can include people you've never even met. As in her best selling novel Bel Canto, Ann Patchett illustrates the humanity that connects disparate lives, weaving several stories into one surprising and endlessly moving narrative. Suspenseful and stunningly executed, Run is ultimately a novel about secrets, duty, responsibility, and the lengths we will go to protect our children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patchett is more hammer and nails than glue and lace; small wonder, then, that her books tend to be such solid, weight-bearing constructions. The wonder is that they so often manage to be transportingly beautiful too.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A lavishly gifted writer apparently hitting full stride…[An] intricate, humane novel.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Engaging, surprising, provocative, and moving…a thoroughly intelligent book, an intimate domestic drama that nonetheless deals with big issues touching us all: religion, race, class, politics, and, above all else, family.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Patchett’s finest work…Run is dazzling from the start.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “A page-turner in the very best sense. Patchett’s terrific ability to create characters [is] so compelling that it becomes impossible to lay the book down.”

    Seattle Times

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year
  • A Washington Post Best Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meredith | 6/28/2011

    " surprised me. excited to read more of her stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 6/27/2011

    " Run seemed to me to start a bit slowly, but then picked up as I got deeper and deeper into it. I liked the premise and I liked the charactgers, but the book did not grip me the same way Bel Canto had gripped me a few years earlier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/21/2011

    " interesting story but very predictable. A widowed man with his biological and adopted children in Boston work on family relationships.

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anna | 6/18/2011

    " Interracial families through adoption, death, parental sacrifice ... some of the themes of the book but somehow it just didn't strike a chord as being dreadfully believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 6/9/2011

    " It took me quite a while to get into this one, but the twists that occur midway are intriguing. Overall, a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnene | 6/7/2011

    " between a 3 and 4 but could have been a 5, almost brilliant but not quite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/3/2011

    " Loved the book found it hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/2/2011

    " I like the authors style of writing. Similar to Bel Canto, the prose in this story flows in a way that makes me want to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Solmaznabipour | 6/2/2011

    " I love all of ann patchett's books. This was a great book, yes some may be right that it was a feel good sort of a book but hey what's wrong with feeling good once in while. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 5/29/2011

    " This book offered good character develoment even though the story was unlikely. "

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About the Author
Author Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett is the author of several previous novels including The Patron Saint of Liars, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Taft, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and The Magician’s Assistant. She has written for many publications including the New York Times, Atlantic, the Washington Post, and Vogue. She lives in Nashville.

About the Narrator

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was a prominent Nigerian writer who is famous for his novels describing the effects of Western customs and values on traditional African society. His satire and keen ear for spoken language made him one of the most highly esteemed African writers in English. He published novels, essay collections, poetry, short stories, and juvenile fiction. Among his works are Things Fall Apart, Anthills of the Savannah, A Man of the People, Arrow of God, and the notable collections Morning Yet on Creation Day and Hopes and Impediments. A recipient of the Man Booker International Prize, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.