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But then the phone rang. It seems the father he never knew has passed away, leaving him a tidy inheritance. To claim it, Dan is tasked with scattering his father's ashes, but under the most bizarre conditions and circumstances he could possibly imagine. This sends Dan on a wild, cross-country adventure of discovery - and self-discovery. As he comes to know his father, he is also forced to re-evaluate himself and all he holds dear. This is a heart-warming tale that redefines friends and family, and will leave you laughing with a tear in your eye.
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By Eddie Mittelstedt on 03-28-17
I didn't want this story to end...
It's rare I come across a book that connects with me so deep that I don't want it to end. My Father's Ashes is one of those rare gems. As someone who is estranged from my father, I connected with Dan Peterson in a deep and satisfying way.
The main character Dan discovers that the father he never knew has died. This leads him on a quest that helps him discover both who his father was, and as a consequence, discovers who Dan himself really is. The journey that Dan undertakes is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, and is spectacularly written.
There are times when the author goes into much detail about the actions: Dan opens the cupboard, takes out the bread, makes the sandwich, puts the bread back, etc. It seems at first way over the top, but then you realize that these little actions described in minutiae adds to journey itself. You are there for every single moment of Dan's discovery and it becomes a pleasant voyeuristic ride, like a fly on the wall.
The narrator was spectacular. I think Dave Cruse's folksy sing-song voice was perfect for this tale. Based on some irregular pacing and excessive mouth noise, it seems that editing was kept to a minimum, but overall I REALLY enjoyed his performance.
When the book ended I sat for a while contemplating what a masterful tale I had just listened to, and how I wished there were more content. I think another book could easily be written picking up right where this ended, but in a way, it's probably best to let your imagination envision what happened to Dan. Did he follow in his father's footsteps? Or did he pave his own way? It could have gone in either direction, and I'm still finding myself thinking of Dan wistfully, like an old friend I know I'll never see again, yet still wondering what became of him.
This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
By A. Lovell on 01-10-17
A Journey I would have loved to have gone on
What did you love best about My Father's Ashes?
My father passed away in 2009. I miss him every day. I knew my dad, unlike Daniel in this story. However I would have loved to have had a series of journey's to go on to learn my father, as he was beyond our family.
What was one of the most memorable moments of My Father's Ashes?
Daniel began to see similarities between himself and the father he never knew was nicely handled and I loved the transformation from going through the motions to living for the next adventure. I loved seeing the main character beginning to recognize his father in his own self along the way.
Which character – as performed by Dave Cruse – was your favorite?
David Cruse does a beuatiful job of narrating, although at the beginning I found the falsetto he employed for some of the female characters off putting, but by the end I no longer heard the falsetto but only heard the character. He was consistent throughout with the tonal shifts he employed for the various characters and did a very nice job overall.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I listened to this book over a series of days, although I would have liked to have had time for a one day listen. I have no doubt that I will revisit this at some point for a second listen. It is a book so full of detail that I am sure I will here new things every time I listen.
Any additional comments?
I was provided a copy of this audio book free of charge through a promotion. However, I would have purchased it because the description caught my attention.