The Last Tour

  • by Carolyn Day
  • Narrated by Carol Purdom
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is a true story of retired music manager Ron Eckerman's last few years of life. Ron was haunted for several years by a recurring nightmare about the date of his death. After his wife left him on their anniversary, he felt that his life was over and he would die alone. He then found true love and happiness through a strange twist of fate with Carolyn, 18 years his junior. He put the fears of his dream behind him and began his new life with his new love. Only a year and a half later, he was suddenly diagnosed with AML, acute myeloid leukemia, a fast growing bone marrow cancer. He was given a poor prognosis and a short life expectancy, and was faced with the possibility of his nightmare becoming a reality.
Written by his wife and caregiver, this is a heartfelt testament of love and sacrifice, and what two people endure when they know they have limited time left together.
Ron Eckerman's career included touring with and managing popular music acts of the 70's including Fleetwood Mac, Humble Pie, Loggins and Messina, Foreigner, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and many others. He was Lynyrd Skynyrd's tour manager during 1976-77 and was a survivor of their plane crash in 1977. He was the author of Turn it Up! Love, Life, and Death, Southern Style, released in 2011 and re-released in his memory in 2014, in which he chronicled his time with the band and described the guilt that he felt for many years because of the deaths of four friends in the crash.
During the most important "tour" of his life - his one year battle with leukemia - he was very close to death several times and bounced back miraculously. The odds were stacked up against him, but he continued to be optimistic and refused to give up hope. Ron and Carolyn learned to find joy in the simple things in life and made the best of being confined to a hospital room for almost a full year. This isn't just a cancer story with a sad ending. It's a story of dreams, destiny, living every second to the fullest, and never giving up hope.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Prepare to laugh, cry, and be in a zone.

Where does The Last Tour rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

#1 - This is an incredible story. I read the book, too, several months ago, but when you hear the audio book it makes you focus on details you may have missed while reading.

What other book might you compare The Last Tour to and why?

I can't think of one that comes close to comparing. I am excited to see the movie when it comes out.

What does Carol Purdom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did very well and it was very consistent. You can really feel the authors emotions and feelings. You feel like you know both the author and Ronnie by the end of the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

both laugh and cry, and made me feel like i was in a zone, very focused

Any additional comments?

I recommend it to anyone who has any feelings at all. It will bring out all your emotions and make you feel like you know the two main characters.

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- Tina Bee

Incredible story,poorly done unrealistic narration

What made the experience of listening to The Last Tour the most enjoyable?

Listening to it made me want to do more research on Ron Eckerman and I listened to many interviews on Youtube with Ron speaking. I found that he is a distinguished, intelligent sounding man. The silliness of the narration makes him sound like he is a grade school drop out from the deep south. He did not sound that way. Other than that it was a beautiful story and it made me buy the paperback so I could really enjoy it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ron the subject of the story was my favorite character. He simply refused to die until he was damn good and ready. Wonderful story of how love keeps someone alive.

Would you be willing to try another one of Carol Purdom’s performances?

Not at all. The audiobook should not take much longer than it would take a person to read it out loud. She reads way too slow and pauses awkwardly in the middle of sentences.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I read it all in one sitting but could not listen to the whole audiobook

Any additional comments?

All in all, one of the most heartbreaking and heartwarming stories I've ever read. Skip the audio book and purchase the paperback.

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- stephen alper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-17-2015
  • Publisher: Carolyn Day