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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (500 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: January 2007 ISBN: 9781429589529
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When Ron McLarty’s debut novel, The Memory of Running, appeared, the publishing world sat up and took notice. Now, McLarty is back with another reason to cheer the arrival of his distinctive new voice. Jono Riley is an aging part-time actor and bartender trying to make ends meet in Manhattan when he receives a letter from a childhood friend telling him that Marie, the first girl Jono ever loved, had just died in her sleep. As Jono makes the trip back home to the working-class neighborhood of East Providence, Rhode Island, McLarty deftly travels between Jono’s adolescence in the early 1960s and the present story of his return. Woven throughout are Jono’s endearing and funny memories of his coming of age with his three best friends—including a series of mysterious shootings that occurred back then, one of which lodged a bullet in Marie’s back when she was twelve.

When Jono’s girlfriend, a gritty New York City firefighter named Renee, joins him in East Providence, they find themselves drawn into an attempt to find the person responsible for the shootings so long ago. As the surprising truth unravels, Jono is forced to come to terms with a past that is not quite what he remembers, even as he makes new resolutions in the present. Traveler is a fine-tuned and riveting novel that will further affirm McLarty’s place in American fiction.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaeli | 2/8/2014

    " A wonderful book that shares the joy of boyhood friendships in 1950s-1960s. Also reenters the world of immigrant families: Dagos, Micks, Portagee... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shar | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting read -- the protagonist is about my age. The story goes back and forth between significant events during his school years and his life today. Several "mysteries" are answered at the end, but not in neat and "happily ever after way," which would out of sync with the story (and life). Well written and I will definetly watch for other books by him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Art | 2/7/2014

    " I did not think this was as good as his first novel but an entertaining read nonetheless. He's more of a story teller than a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 2/4/2014

    " Ron McLarty's (of East Providence) second book following The memory of running (which I didn't read). The main character is an actor/bartender who returns to EP after the death of a childhood friend. Through some confusing flashbacks, the reader finds out all about the close group of friends and how they grew up (or didn't). The thing that really bothered me was that he called what is really Slater Park Goddard Park. Why would he confuse Pawtucket with East Greenwich? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riem | 1/25/2014

    " Great characterisation and narrative voice, as in 'The Memory of Running', less-than-great plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lkgallop | 1/24/2014

    " Great read...all takes place in East Providence, Rhode Island (where i lived once). Really stays with you and I couldnt put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 1/19/2014

    " I like Ron Mclarty's writing, that's why after finishing his first book, I borrowed this one immediately. He didn't disappoint me. The style is still similar, but more interesting with a mystery. Nevertheless, the main character having almost similar background (grew up in East Providence, joined the army, sent to and wounded in Vietnam) kind of bores me a little bit. And I don't like the ending very much, may be he had not gone in depth in the feeling of Bobby's, not sure exactly how to explain. Anyway, it's still a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Umlaut James | 1/19/2014

    " I believe this book was not as great as his previous book "The Memory of Running: A Novel", nevertheless is was ok, nothing special. Once you are done reading you have this empty feeling as something was missing from the story. This book could have been a short story Definitely not a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Ross | 12/26/2013

    " I listened to this on CD. I thought it was very interesting and enjoyed the mystery. The "traveler" is a bullet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 12/24/2013

    " Easy read. A bit of mystery, a bit of love story. Full of east coast Irish,Italian friendships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 12/7/2013

    " This was another audiobook. I liked this story better than 'The Memory of Running' by the same author. I still think his narration is what I like best though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garth | 11/29/2013

    " Another gentle McLarty protagonist relives his vivid childhood and adolescence while trying to come to terms with who or what he has become. A compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Schnell | 10/12/2013

    " I just love this guys writing! It takes me back to Rhode Island every time. He is about 10 years before me, but it had not changed much from his time to mine. This is not as good as MEMORY OF RUNNING, but it keeps you entertained and interested. I look forward to more from him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mlmusick | 9/17/2013

    " Listen to it. Really liked the author reading his own work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 9/7/2013

    " A good mystery, interesting characters, flashing back to the 50's and 60's, my era! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 7/14/2013

    " Sometimes disturbing but often intriguing and always entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianne | 3/13/2013

    " Enjoyed the book - great plot with several surprises; uses the flashback tool to tell the decades-old story of the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamie | 3/5/2013

    " listened to this on audio book on the way to Iowa, I took "Naked Lunch" out to listen to this,good thing I rented two from the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mum | 7/27/2012

    " The audio version is not listed here, I listened to the book that was narrated by the author. I'm not usually a fan of author/narrators, but McClarty is a narrator turned author and his reading of his books is usually spot on. I really liked this book, I usually like his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 5/28/2012

    " I loved this book, almost more than In the Memory of Running (which I didn't think was possible). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherwestonstec | 4/21/2012

    " another good book to read by the pool! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 H R Koelling | 2/9/2012

    " This wasn't as good as The Memory of Running, but I still liked it. The author is a very good writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth Cook | 6/3/2011

    " Enjoyed this one so much, I read it twice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 5/29/2011

    " Aging not so successful NY actor/bartender returns to the working class Providence of his youth seeking answers to the shooting that belatedly killed his first love. Well written, evocative of a time, place, and boys and girls of the early 1960's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/14/2011

    " I absolutely LOVE Ron McLarty as a narrator. If you're going to "read" his works, better to listen to him narrating his stuff. I really enjoyed this story, with the flashbacks to his childhood friendships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collette | 4/7/2011

    " Next Maynard Book Club read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riem | 12/4/2010

    " Great characterisation and narrative voice, as in 'The Memory of Running', less-than-great plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/11/2010

    " A good mystery, interesting characters, flashing back to the 50's and 60's, my era! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/22/2010

    " This book started out slow but it was one of those that I was glad I stuck through it for. Great ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dayne | 10/12/2010

    " I love coming of age stories. This was mainly about the guys, but very insightful and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 8/24/2010

    " McLarty is a great narrator. I liked the authentic voice of his character Jono and the descriptions
    of childhood friends & memories. The plot took an odd twist that I wasn't sure I liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chamie | 5/29/2010

    " listened to this on audio book on the way to Iowa, I took "Naked Lunch" out to listen to this,good thing I rented two from the library. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katy | 4/27/2010

    " The story was alright, but it moved along rather slowly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/7/2010

    " Lots of father/son stuff. altho not w/out a bit of humor, quite sad. Growing up's sometimes hard. Good descriptions, esp of the pumpkin head "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/1/2009

    " Sometimes disturbing but often intriguing and always entertaining. "

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About the Author
Author Ron McLarty

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning eight Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.