The Memory of Running

  • by Ron McLarty
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Award-winning actor and playwright Ron McLarty is well known for his audiobook performances. What fewer people realize is that he's also an accomplished author. In this wonderfully quirky novel, available exclusively as an audiobook, McLarty takes readers on a quest to find hope and redemption with an unlikely hero. Smithson Ide is 43 years old and weighs 279 pounds when his parents die in an accident. Lost in memories of childhood, Smithson uncovers his old Raleigh bicycle in the garage and begins a cross-country journey to find his beautiful, but tragically psychotic sister. Keenly aware of how ridiculous he must appear, Smithson nonetheless perseveres through a journey that is hilarious and horrifying. It is a trip, he soon realizes, that might provide his last chance to become the person he has always wanted to be.

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What the Critics Say

"Ron McLarty's The Memory of Running is the best novel you won't read this year. But you can experience it, and I'm all but positive that you'll thank me for the tip if you do....What I hope is that you'll order a copy and experience it for yourself....It's bighearted and as satisfying as one of your mom's home-cooked Sunday dinners." (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

What an enjoyable 15 hours

I've just finished listening to this book and feel bereft.
It was lovely.
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- A. Wolff

Just Fantastic

I cannot recommend this enough to everyone, it's the most heartwarming book I've ever listened to. You will take Smithy close to your heart and be upset when it's finished.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books