Ordinary Grace

  • by William Kent Krueger
  • Narrated by Rich Orlow
  • 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.


What the Critics Say

“Krueger aims higher and hits harder with a stand-alone novel that shares much with his other work.” ( Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Far from an Ordinary Thriller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would happily recommend this novel. It's extremely well written with good quality characterisations that hold your interest and really make you care about what happens to each of them.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ordinary Grace?

The over-whelming impact on the Drum family of the various incidents that unfold. Tremendous writing.

What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

Sensitively read and nothing 'over the top' which would have ruined the delicate balance of this novel

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The burden put onto the father of the Drum family. I'm not a believer in the religious sense and at times it could have been so easy to feel an edge of impatience taking over, but it's so well written that finally I just couldn't fail to be moved by his stoicism.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this novel. The descriptive passages devoted to both the locations, era and characters made it a memorable experience. There are no particularly gripping moments or shocking revelations here but taken as a 'whole' this is a murder mystery that will not fail to grip you and will stay with you long after you've finished it. For me, that's the test of a good book.

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A coming of age story

The narration of this story was very good. I could clearly picture in my mind thirteen year old Frank Drum and his younger brother Jake ambling along together during the summer of 1961 in the small community of New Bremen, Minnesota. Then tragedy strikes and touches the lives of pretty much everyone, changing everything. A book to be savoured, with well drawn characters. I especially liked how the author worked the title into the story towards the end, a nice touch.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-03-2013
  • Publisher: Recorded Books