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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,804 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron McLarty Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781436101448
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Stephen King called this "the best book you'll never read" when it started out as an audiobook. Travel with obese, 40-something loser Smithson Ide. Taking a hilarious, horrifying journey after his parents die, he rides cross-country on his old bicycle to Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Funny [and] poignant.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Winter | 2/11/2014

    " A beautiful and melancholy tale of family, self-discovery and second chances while the main character Smithy moves back and forth between his epic bicycle ride and memories of his younger days. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Buck Swindle | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic book. Just read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milad | 1/29/2014

    " nice book, not for everybody, most people will either love it or hate it, but when compared to the other books that sit next to it on this genre's shelf it is original and refershing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie Jo | 1/25/2014

    " 3 1/2 stars. Enjoyable but sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It's about an overweight man searching for his sister and riding his bike across United States "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy Ludlow | 1/17/2014

    " Couldn't finish it.... First time that's ever happened!!!!! "

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

    " Smithy, what a loser!! a good read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 1/4/2014

    " A rich evocation of the human spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 11/25/2013

    " Description: An overweight, hard-drinking man takes a bike trip across U.S. after finding out that his parents and mentally ill sister are dead. In the process of this ride ,he becomes a new person. This book was rec. by Stephen King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/23/2013

    " Good story telling here. This is an interesting read on many levels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/28/2013

    " This was such a believable fictional story....I wanted to meet the main character on his journey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Passey | 3/21/2013

    " Although it did become an engaging book, I had some difficulties with the writing style. The characters just did not seem believable and it was a touch melodramatic. Sometimes it just made me feel weird. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Harrihei | 2/25/2013

    " Don't remember how I got this book; have read it two or three times; quick to read and gives good mood in the end. Almost plausible change and (de)growth of main character. Light fun pretending to be more meaningfull than really is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 9/25/2012

    " Such a good book. Made me cry, what more is needed to say? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy Wall | 6/15/2012

    " One of the stupidest books I've ever wasted my time on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nichole Leonard | 5/26/2012

    " An easy yet slow read. I recommend it but not a favorite.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 5/8/2012

    " This is another one panned by the critics, but I loved it, really loved it. Perhaps as one whose bike was my soul for many years, and who misses the time I spent astride it, I'm more tolerant of this first novel, but I really connected with McLarty's protagonist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 5/1/2012

    " Made me happy and sad all at the same time. A really good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony Cohen | 2/17/2012

    " Creepy for really good and sad "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 11/25/2011

    " Although this book started slow for me and was depressing as I read on it drew me in and towards the end I could not put it down. A very good read. It is the perfect book club book, because I think it will lead to many great discussions at our meet up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trinity | 9/14/2011

    " It is kind of manipulative emotionally, but it is a good story. I have no problem seeing Wally Lamb endorsing this one. Unlike Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone, I could sleep without reaching the end of the story, but like Lamb's book it was satisfying to conclude. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 6/7/2011

    " Read the Audible version -- great narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Warrior | 5/23/2011

    " Quote: "'Goddamn it to shit. Fuck,' he explained softly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 5/2/2011

    " Loved this book. A little graphic in some places/profanity, etc. But well crafted characters you really cared about. This made me energized, ready to ride my bike this summer! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 4/21/2011

    " I listened to this story on audio-book. Although it was somewhat depressing at times, I also found it quite engaging. It was read by the author, who did a great job. It was a very long recording, but fit well with my commute schedule. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/11/2011

    " A very good story. It was a little confusing to put it down & then pick it up again because of all the flashbacks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiswood41 | 3/30/2011

    " Liked this book and recommend it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Adam | 3/28/2011

    " More like The Memory of Sucking! "

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

    " Smithy Ide is such a great character and one you'll not likely forget. I thought about this quiet book for days after reading it. Although he is a hard-drinking, chain smoking misfit, you completely root for him feeling his inner goodness and his love for his family. "

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