Leaving Blythe River: A Novel Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he's barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it's up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he's his father's only hope.
With the help of three locals - a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills - he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan's world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he's been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature - the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father - if he finds him alive.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 30 minutes|
|Author||Catherine Ryan Hyde|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 24, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#62,148 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#621 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,977 in Literary Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,109 in Coming of Age Fiction (Books)
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Catherine Ryan Hyde is one of my favorite authors and I think that this is her best work yet! She has such a gift and is so very talented. She transported me right into the scenes. When Ethan ate a breakfast burrito, I could almost taste it and wanted one too! I felt Ethan’s exhaustion and physical pain.
I experienced deep emotions…elation…and tears. Catherine always imparts wisdom and life philosophies in her work. And this book does not disappoint. I loved this book! If you aren’t familiar with Catherine Ryan Hyde, this is a wonderful introduction. I highly recommend Leaving Blythe River. You’ll be glad you had this adventure and know this Best Selling, Award Winning author!
The next morning, still no sign of Noah. Ethan walks to his nearest neighbor's house...Sam. Ethan's not sure what to do. A professional search is launched but is abandoned after two days because the park ranger finds evidence that Noah might have just abandoned his son. Ethan isn't surprised at this revelation but feels in his gut that his father is still in the wilderness.
Sam, neighbor Jone (the 70-year-old widow Sam has a crush on) and artist-surfer Marcus join Ethan in forming another search party. Weather conditions become poor, the group's will and physical and emotional endurance is tested quite a bit, and eventually one member of the search party abandons the search.
I'll stop here to save the best part of the book for you to discover for yourself. I'll just say that so many emotions coursed through my body...from sadness to happiness to fear to anger to relief to disbelief to sheer joy! This is one of those rare stories I know I'll read again. Don't let this treasure go undiscovered.
The next thing we read is that Ethan the 17 yr old had to go and stay with his father in Wyoming while his Mom assumes caring for her mother who has had a stroke and her father who has dimensha. His summer in the tiny Wyoming town becomes a growing up for him when his father doesn’t return from a run into the wilderness. The authorities give up the search quickly and so Ethan decides to search on his own and then with the help of a couple of older crusty neighbors. A wonderful story very well written that puts you in the wilderness with them as they search.
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Hyde not only paints well-layered characters, even the animal’s personalities are impressive as well.
Lovely read, would try more from her.