• The Last Tour

  • Love, Laughter, and Tears: In Memory of Ron Eckerman
  • By: Carolyn Day
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 06-17-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Carolyn Day
  • 4.1 (8 ratings)

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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.
©2014 Carolyn Day (P)2015 Carolyn Day
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Customer Reviews

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By Tina Bee on 08-15-15

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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By gizwiz9 on 08-20-15

Touching heartfelt love story

This book keeps the readers attention. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to know the meaning of true love..this book is very in formative! I give it 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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