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Sebastien Ranes’s single mom and her feckless boyfriend can’t be bothered to take care of a stuttering 12-year-old. Banished to live with his grandmother on the far side of the country, the boy can barely understand a bus schedule when he gets dumped at the Greyhound station in Stockton, California. Given $35 and a one-way ticket to Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sebastien must cross the country - alone, without a clue how to fend for himself.
Filled with youthful anger and naïveté, Sebastien heads out into the "Morning in America" of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s, encountering temperamental bus drivers, charming, shifty, and downright dangerous strangers, the music of Daryl Hall and John Oates, and an ex-con named Marcus, who takes the boy under his wing. In an unforgettable trek that evokes Oliver Twist and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the unlikely pair lurch from one misadventure to another, tumbling toward an elusive understanding of where and how, in a troubling world, to look for light.
©2012 Steffan Piper (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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By Gillian on 06-29-16

Warm Story of Fragility and Friendship

That "Greyhound" is based on a true story is both tragic and wonderful. Cold and fragile, young Sebastien is a lonely boy shunted off to live with his grandparents. And apparently it's not the first time his unloving mother (and absent father) have tossed him aside. Through his journey and his friendship with the ex-con but also grieving Marcus, he learns about life, he learns about how to live with the hand that was dealt him, he learns what it is to be a man.
This is a great little book, filled with spicy tacos in Albuquerque, a man who defecates on himself in Phoenix (oh, the joys of bus riding...!), hijackings, and Hall and Oates. Plus, no spoilers but, there's an action taken, a choice made, and possible consequences that add suspense to the latter half of the book.
Mostly it's the wisdom of the warmhearted Marcus to the note-taking Sebastien.
I see no similarities really to "Huckleberry Finn" and the like, but it's a sweet tale and Nick Podehl, who sometimes falters when he does nonfiction, narrates this really, really well, capturing everyone from Sebastien and Marcus, to a grouchy waitress, to the loudspeaker at the bus station.
Sometimes you just need a nice, good book about broken people reaching out, reaching within. "Greyhound" is it...

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By Sara on 01-08-18

Growing Up In The 1980's

If you've ever traveled around the country by bus or really even by train you will find this based on true events novel extremely relatable. So much about life has changed since this early 1980s setting that the story feels like something out of history. I found myself listening every chance I had to this story about an 11 year old boy and his cross country trip of discovery. The book spoke to the amazing kindness of strangers and the importance of looking out for people at risk as they cross our paths in life.

The narration was absolutely excellent. Two or three times I had to pause and double check to see if this was just one narrator or a group of narrators voicing all the characters, it was that good. Podehl really brought these people to life and kept the book moving forward in a positive way.

There is so much to like about this story, but do be prepared as there's also a fair amount of ugly too. I'm glad that I stumbled upon this book and gave it a chance.

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By Jacky Pratt on 08-11-15

A wonderful story which works very well as audio

Would you listen to Greyhound again? Why?

Probably not - it is a great story but there are too many books around to repeat read/listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Greyhound?

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Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favourite?

Marcus - I wish he was someone I could chat with often, perhaps over dinner... a wise and fun person to know.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A delightful journey into friendship, wisdom, life.

Any additional comments?

Read the Amazon reviews as they sum this book up well. I wanted to add that it makes a great audio book, especially if being used as I do - accompanying my daily walks. I skipped a few weeks whilst on holiday and it was like a friend to return to, with no issue about remembering where the storyline had reached.

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By MrsTeece on 05-19-16

Loved it

Narration brilliant!
Story just perfect!
Had me hooked from the start!
Listened to the last 6 hours in one evening!

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