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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Hope, Loss, Growth

This is a wonderful story that balances loss, survival, growth, and hope. The narration is outstanding, and I am picky about narrators. Very well done!
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- Mary Anne Mong Cramer

Loved it

Wow! This book is both powerful and quiet. There is a stillness that runs throughout the text, but small moments culminate in a very powerful theme. The book explores the life of Ona Vitkus through the eyes of her young helper, often just called The Boy. Like real life, the large is made up of the small, both beautiful and tragic. The boy is gone, leaving his semi involved father to "inherit" his responsibilities with Ona. Though reluctant, the father, Quinn, learns much about himself and his son through his relationship with Ona. Like much of literary fiction, the emphasis is on character development and theme, but there is enough plot to keep the reader's attention. Well worth the read.
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- Justin

Book Details

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