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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,752 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leif Enger Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A stunning successor to his best selling novel Peace Like a River, Leif Enger’s new work is a rugged and nimble story about an aging train robber on a quest to reconcile the claims of love and judgment on his life, and the failed writer who goes with him.

In 1915 Minnesota, novelist Monte Becket has lost his sense of purpose. His only success long behind him, Monte lives simply with his wife and son. But when he befriends outlaw Glendon Hale, a new world of opportunity and experience presents itself. Glendon has spent years in obscurity, but the guilt he harbors for abandoning his wife, Blue, over two decades ago, has lured him from hiding. As the modern age marches swiftly forward, Glendon aims to travel back to his past--heading to California to seek Blue’s forgiveness. Beguiled and inspired, Monte soon finds himself leaving behind his own family to embark for the unruly West with his fugitive guide. As they desperately flee from the relentless Charles Siringo, an ex-Pinkerton who’s been hunting Glendon for years, Monte falls ever further from his family and the law, to be tempered by a fiery adventure from which he may never get home.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2008 Christian Science Monitor Book of the Year for Fiction

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dana Perkins | 2/11/2014

    " I do love the way Leif Enger writes. I enjoyed Peace Like A River More, but still enjoyed this book. The storyline is not always believable, but it was still a great story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Laurel | 2/5/2014

    " Main character seemed weak (not in writing, but just as a person). Adventure was interesting, but unrealistic (traveling from MN to TX to CA, they kept running into the same people). I did appreciate the redemption storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara Truog | 2/4/2014

    " Enjoyable frontier-sy novel about an author at the end of his five minutes of fame who follows a reformed train robber on a quest to find and apologize to the girl he left behind. I'm a big fan of Enger's previous book, Peace Like a River, and I liked this one too. Great, vividly drawn characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tish | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed reading it, but after a while it didn't seem to have much of a point? or maybe I am just past cowboys... "

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