Award-winning actor and playwright Ron McLarty (http://www.ronmclarty.com) is well known for his performances of Recorded Books favorites like A Walk in the Woods and Travels With Charley. What fewer people realize is that he's also an accomplished author. In this wonderfully quirky novel-available exclusively as an audiobook-McLarty takes readers on a quest to find hope and redemption with an unlikely hero. Smithson Ide is 43 years old and weighs 279 pounds when his parents die in an accident. Lost in memories of childhood, Smithson uncovers his old Raleigh bicycle in the garage and begins a cross-country journey to find his beautiful, but tragically psychotic sister. Keenly aware of how ridiculous he must appear, Smithson nonetheless perseveres through a journey that is hilarious and horrifying. It is a trip, he soon realizes, that might provide his last chance to become the person he has always wanted to be.
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by Ron McLarty
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by Ron Clark
by Ron Suskind
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by Les Standiford
by Michael Palmer
by Laurence Shames
by Scott Turow
by Hunter S. Thompson
"It makes sense to think that the author of a book would make a great narrator of that book. But it's not always a great marriage. Happily, it is definitely the case in this work. McLarty has written, and narrates, a wonderful story--heartfelt and powerful--and he reads it with the pathos it so richly deserves. McLarty is able to endow his characters with warmth even though his voice doesn't change all that much. But best of all, and you'll have to listen to get the plot, by the end of the journey we've learned a lot about Smithy Ide and, probably, ourselves. R.I.G. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine"
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