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3.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 53.77 out of 5 3.77 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron McLarty Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780307704580
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Gutsy seventeen-year-old Albert “Shoe” Horn is an apprentice plumber and part-time boxer in 1920s England, but after the death of his mother he is left to provide for his alcoholic father and look after his younger brother Bobby—a teenager with the mind of a child. After Shoe inadvertently kills a man in a fight, he must try to balance the need to protect his brother and his desire to protect himself.

Shoe’s story unfolds against the 1922 union strikes in England, as he struggles to choose between living his father’s life with his brother and a new life in America … alone.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/15/2014

    " An amazing listen. McLartey brings incredible characters to life and draws you into the gritty world of Shoe Horn, his brother Bobby and many memorable characters they relate to. Very, very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 11/10/2013

    " AUDIO VERSION is worth it! (However, not with kids in the car...which is where I listen most) Ron McLarty reads his own work...and he is a great reader based on previous experiences...the characters in this book are unique and therefore worthy of having unique "voices." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ms.petra | 2/28/2013

    " I love Ron McLarty and he did not disappoint with this tender story of two brothers. Ron is an amazing narrator! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Suthons-hart | 11/2/2012

    " A good read but nowhere as touching as Memory of Running "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sheri White | 6/30/2012

    " It seems that I am one of the few who just didn't like it. I could barely get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 3/16/2012

    " I love McLarty's complex and endearing characters. His feel for people's struggles and ability to bring them to life with clarity about their shortcomings as he endears them to the reader is what draws me to his books and the Dropper is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/13/2012

    " Reminds me of Of Mice and Men in a way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vanessa | 2/11/2012

    " I picked this one up at the library and really enjoyed it. McLarty created the kind of characters I really like, flawed, but still likable - the ones who are supposed to be anyway. I also like that the end isn't all neat and tied up with a bow. Can't wait to read or hear more of McLarty's work! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Benoit | 8/30/2011

    " A novel about a teen in 1920s England (not a YA novel in any sense). Bare-knuckle fighting, plenty of sex, and an ending that was so beautifully sad that it left me crying hard. A brilliant novel and one of the best I've read in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 6/5/2011

    " The relationship developed between brothers in this story is heartwarming. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ncsherman | 5/23/2011

    " My first David Baldacci book, too. Really liked him and will read more of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veronica | 5/20/2011

    " Good mystery and the ending left me with questions enough for a sequel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/8/2011

    " I think I'm really liking the Camel Club! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 4/27/2011

    " This was awesome! I am going back to the first of the series and starting it out right! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Don | 4/19/2011

    " It was fun but not terrific. The characters were a little too "super" at what they did and the ending was not terribly satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 4/17/2011

    " Ear & mind candy or popcorn for the road. Just for fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 4/7/2011

    " Good mystery for me! Not to suspenseful. And does our government really cover up so much? Probably! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Academicsupport | 3/20/2011

    " Another suspenseful episode for the Camel Club and Oliver Stone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 3/14/2011

    " Not the best in the series, but good enough that I'll keep going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marla | 3/14/2011

    " A great espionage, spy thriller. This book is full of action with two story lines and characters that mesh at the end. The end of the book is a real cliff hanger! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 3/13/2011

    " Good action with some unexpected twists and turns. A bit unrealistic though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/9/2011

    " Another great book in the Camel Club series. I love all the characters in this series. "

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About the Author
Author Ron McLartyRon McLarty is the author of Art in America and The Dropper.