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Leaving Blythe River

A Novel
Narrated by: Will Ropp
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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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.

©2016 Catherine Ryan Hyde (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Jennifer
  • 31-05-16

Entertaining

A good story. Not great, but it kept moving and was entertaining. I liked the characters. This author's characters are always realistic, flawed people, which makes the story more believable.

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  • Jan
  • 30-05-16

A Boy Becomes More Than His Parents Ever Will Be


Ryan Hyde- I don't know what to do with her. As an author, she walks the contemporary fiction tightrope and often falls into the Chic-Lit sea.Then, she delivers with novels like "Take Me With You" and now, "Leaving Blythe." She reminds me of Jodi Piccoult.. a great author when she doesn't let drama drive her writing.

This adventure is a coming of age story about a 17- year-old boy looks 12, and becomes a giant of a man.

Will Ropp does a fine job with narration.

Leaving Blythe is an easy read, but a great story, and well written. It has a young adult feel, but is well written and has depth. Hyde walks the tightrope and makes it across to the other side.

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  • Pam Gasdaska
  • 15-08-16

loved it !

Really great book. I was sad to get home every day because I just wanted to keep listening!

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  • janet glenn
  • 12-08-16

She did it again.

loved all the characters in this novel. The narrator had a lot to do with that i think. I enjoyed this book very much.

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  • Sue An
  • 28-07-16

Should have labeled a YA book

Or specifically 10-13 yo. This author has done this to me before :) that's on me I guess!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-16

Pretty good story and narration.

Good but the ending fell short for me. I liked the main character a lot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-09-19

Leaving Blythe River

A young mans journey from scared boyhood to adventurous teenager. Through unexpected events he becomes a hero and while doing so, develops character and strength. Amazing story of rescue and growth.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-09-19

Enjoyed the book immensely and the narrator.

I didn't want this book to end! Wish it could have gone on longer. Narrator captured the characters perfectly.

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  • Bibbitty
  • 19-05-19

Good book

Good story. I liked the characters. It was an uplifting coming of age story of a boy who learns what he is made of through the difficult situations he manages to face. Good character development. Four solid stars.

The narration was very good except for the character voices. There is almost no voicing to the characters, which distracts from the story. Even the female voices sound like the same male. There is one voice that stands out as different, which is the voice of Jone. Jone is supposed to have a husky female voice. She has a husky male voice, making her the most manly sounding of all the characters, and also the only really distinct character voice. Apart from this failure regarding character voices, the narration is quite good. And the story is still listenable.

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  • Natalie Hunter
  • 13-12-18

Great Story

Great story about courage and making your own way Through tough choices and the decisions you have to make.