The Memory of Running

  • von Ron McLarty
  • Sprecher: Ron McLarty
  • 13 Std. 10 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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.



"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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I picked this audio book because of its unusual storyline of Smithson Ide, going on a bike ride to find himself, and the whereabouts of his sister after their parents passed away. Unfortunately, I was not able to fully identify with any of its main protagonists, due to their language, their background and their naiveté. Smithson found himself in the most unusual and oftentimes dangerous situations. The story was interesting and I enjoyed listening to it, however, I was not overwhelmed. I was positively surprised when the narration continued after the (somehow abrupt?) end of the book, revealing an interview with the autor cum narrator. What a great bonus - I enjoyed this interview almost more than the book itself. Ron McLarty has an amazing voice which matched the characters very well. All in all, this story was original, but the book did not fully meet my expectations.
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Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 16.01.2004
  • Verlag: Recorded Books