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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: October 2008 ISBN: 9780061769436
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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doneen | 1/25/2014

    " Really fun and poignant book. Now I need to read "Marley and Me." Hope it's half as good as this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila | 1/22/2014

    " I really wanted to love this book as much as I loved Marley and me. I love the style of John Grogan's books and did like the way this was written. My problem is that I am just too far removed from the people. His parents aren't just religious, they are extreme. He would describe situations that were horrifying to me and then spend a paragraph trying to convince you that his parents weren't nearly as crazy as you must think. The book was very bipolar in that manor. It's obvious that he loves and respects his parents and that they were very good people it just feels a little Jekyll and Mr Hyde. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/6/2014

    " Just a regular old memoir. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie Stamas | 12/24/2013

    " Liked this one even more than Marley & Me...related to both his Catholic upbringing and his childhood in Michigan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 10/24/2013

    " You know you've read a John Grogan book when you laugh and you cry from reading the same book. This is a moving, sometimes sad book about John differentiating from his parents (to use a psy word). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 7/18/2013

    " I usually don't like memoirs and I didn't read Marley and Me but this man can write. I soooo enjoyed it. He was raised Catholic and so was I (somewhat) so I could relate to some of his stories. This book was funny, understandable, poignant, and sad. I would give it 4 and a half stars if I could. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 6/3/2013

    " A personal memoir by the author of "Marley Me." The three sections of the book enable it to apply to the lives of all of us and all of our children: Growing Up, Breaking Away, and Coming Home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie Eizensmits | 5/28/2013

    " I love reading this man's books! Its funny, its sad, its romantic and its a joy to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/26/2013

    " One of the best books I have read!! I literally could not put this down and finished it in one day ( about 4 hours total reading) There was so much I could relate to in the book and definately gave me food for thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Kenney | 5/22/2013

    " Bittersweet story about John's relationships with his family, especially his father. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/7/2013

    " Really lovely family story. Enjoyed it all, and cried like a baby at the end. John Grogan can pull at those heart strings like no other! Quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 1/25/2013

    " Most people can probably find a glimpse of their life in the life of these characters. By the end, I was laying in bed in the middle of the night bawling--a very touching and heartfelt memoir "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 1/24/2013

    " A good book, but nothing really amazing or life changing. He is a great writer and the stories were interesting that he told. Much of it is about his relationship with his parents as well as their very very strong Catholic faith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 11/25/2012

    " he grew up outside detroit - i was sold immediately. and i cried! i rarely cry when i read. and i laughed - A LOT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/5/2012

    " A heartwarming book that shows how hard it can be to grow up and apart from your parents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joleen Griffin | 4/11/2012

    " John Grogan is such a wonderful writer. His memories of his childhood brought me back in time and made me laugh out loud. Also the end of the book brought back vivid memories of my mom's last days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 12/20/2011

    " I listened to this book in my car - it was great for that... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Kayden | 7/26/2011

    " This was a nice memoir, easy to read and really spanning his life. Growing up Catholic and going to Catholic school, I could really relate to some of his stories. I look forward to more books by Grogan, both non-fiction and maybe some fiction as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gigi Ann | 6/25/2011

    " It was an OK read, but not my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy | 5/21/2011

    " This was a really entertaining and touching story! If you have any parental friction this story speaks to you as a child growing up not quite as your parents had planned. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 4/24/2011

    " darling book. michigan, large family, catholic...great combo ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 4/14/2011

    " John Grogan wrote "Marley and Me". This book is a memoir about growing up in a Catholic family in the midwest, in the 1960's. All interesting subjects to me, and it was written well. He's quite witty. I liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 3/31/2011

    " I expected a lot more after Marley and me. Just ok.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/27/2011

    " If you were raised catholic - a must read!! The book does a great job portraying a lot of the catholic traditions with a comedic twist.

    Ultimately a very but heartwarming story about a son's relationship with his parents and how it evolved over time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/26/2011

    " I love John Grogan. Marley and Me was so funny and heartwarming. Love this memior about his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joelle | 3/10/2011

    " I had a hard time getting into the book, but once I did there were lots of funny moments and insight into someone who was raised by very faithful Catholic parents. Interesting too because the author grew up locally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 3/7/2011

    " Felt like I was reading about my life, straight from childhood into current adulthood! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 3/1/2011

    " Amazing. I swear the author was writing the last couple years of my life as my Dad went through the same sickness. I couldn't put it down and the ending blew me away. It started a bit slow but then the pace picked up and got more interesting. If you like memoirs, this is a definite must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/22/2011

    " Just discovered that I read this already. Can't remember what I thought of it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/19/2011

    " This is a memoir by the author of Marley. There were some amusing anecdotes, but it was mostly predictable.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharlene | 2/18/2011

    " I'm really liking this book by the guy who wrote Marley and me....he writes like I think ... plus all the references to growing up catholic are cracking me up! Has the same attitude about it we all did! Really liking this! "

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About the Author
Author John Grogan

John Grogan is the author of the #1 bestseller Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, which inspired the bestselling middle-grade memoir Marley: A Dog Like No Other and the #1 bestselling picture book Bad Dog, Marley!, as well as a feature film starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston. Grogan is also the author of the bestselling A Very Marley Christmas, Marley Goes to School, and Marley and the Kittens. He lives with his wife and three children and their new dogs, Gracie and Woodson, in the Pennsylvania countryside.