The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • by Monica Wood
  • Narrated by Chris Ciulla
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yardwork for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for oldest licensed driver. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood.

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Very moving, thought provoking,

I read true crime. I chose this book on a whim. I am so glad I stepped out of my genre. This book is powerful. It's a thought provoking exploration of relationships between friends, husbands and wives, parents and children, rekindled friendships and loss. The author tells the story from different perspectives, rotating back and forth, past and present in a way that she artfully weaves a tale that draws you in to the point that you don't want to stop listening. I love a book that really delves into how others think and why they behave the way they do and this book is all of that. Don't even get me started on the narrator. How many ways can I say he is INCREDIBLE. I would say that he really "makes" the book but that isn't true because the book is already made. The story and the narrator make a great combination. He did such incredible justice to the voices of each of the characters. Can't think of anything I could say that needs changing about any of this work. I loved it!
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- Kelli Stone

Beautiful and memorable

Although it was packed with sadness (and hope born of the sadness), the truth it reveals is poignant: we often can't see how we impact others until there's damage or loss. At times, the list reading annoyed me, but I imagine it would be like real life with a boy like this one (that's to say often sweet but sometimes annoying). The way the final chapter was delivered, however, was perfect and I admit I got teary. This story made me want to know someone 104 and actually hear their stories!
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- Angela Dieckman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-18-2016
  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC