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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grogan Narrator: John Grogan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Finding your place in the world can be the longest trip home . . .

In the highly anticipated follow-up to Marley & Me, John Grogan again works his magic, bringing us the story of what came first. Before there was Marley, there was a gleefully mischievous boy growing up in a devout Catholic home outside Detroit in the 1960s and '70s. Despite his loving parents' best efforts, John's attempts to meet their expectations failed spectacularly. Whether it was his disastrous first confession, the purloined swigs of sacramental wine, or the fumbled attempts to sneak contraband past his father, John was figuring out that the faith and fervor that came so effortlessly to his parents somehow had eluded him.

And then one day, a strong-willed young woman named Jenny walked into his life. As their love grew, John began the painful, funny, and poignant journey into adulthood—away from his parents' orbit and into a life of his own. It would take a fateful call and the onset of illness to lead him on the final leg of his journey—the trip home again.

With his trademark blend of humor and pathos that made Marley & Me beloved by millions, John Grogan traces the universal journey each of us must take to find our unique place in the world. Filled with revelation and laugh-out-loud humor, The Longest Trip Home will capture your heart—but mostly it will make you want to reach out to those you love most.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Every now and then a memoir is so well written that readers are able to find elements of their own life story in the chronicle of the writer’s life. So it is with this eloquent, tender, witty memoir.”

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • The Longest Trip Home takes Mr. Grogan from a boyhood as Mom’s ‘little daffodil’ into the shadow of somber, adult grief. And it honors his parents, perhaps not in the way they would have chosen but in a way that suits his talents: by bringing them to life on the page. He does what he did with Marley. His loss becomes our loss too.”

    New York Times

  • “As he did in Marley, Grogan makes readers feel they have a seat at the family dinner table. He’s now a nonpracticing Catholic, but here-to wonderful effect-he confesses all.”


  • “Wry and witty…full-hearted and worthy.”

    Washington Post

  • “Grogan provides heartfelt and evocative narration to his touching coming-of-age memoir. His speaking style may not necessarily convey polish, but his friendly lilt and natural enunciation perfectly fits the essence of the autobiographical material. Grogan’s vivid anecdotes of Catholic schoolboy mischief…come to life with wistful charm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2008 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martin Klaver | 2/10/2014

    " By no means for just Catholics. For everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kirsten | 2/1/2014

    " This was an easy to read, very funny and heartbreaking book. We are taken on a tour of John's life before he had Marley ... what it was like to grow up Catholic ... and to lose touch with the church and question your faith. John is a phenomenal story teller who pulls you into his childhood antics and makes you laugh throughout, even during the sad parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan Colchin | 1/31/2014

    " One of my favorite books! A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill | 1/26/2014

    " Good read. This book is by the author of Marley and Me. It was written after Marley and Me but takes place before the story of Marley and Me. I guess it's the "prequel" and not the sequel! "

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