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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...
90 of 97 people found this review helpful
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.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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?
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.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Story just perfect!
Had me hooked from the start!
Listened to the last 6 hours in one evening!
0 of 1 people found this review helpful