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The Reason You're Alive

Narrated by: R. C. Bray
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
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Summary

After 68 -year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard - that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It might be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It might also help him finally recover from his wife's untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and goodhearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn't always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger's distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese-American who respects David's fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America's polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and ultimately loving man. The Reason You're Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in our supposed enemies.

©2017 Matthew Quick (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Absolutely brilliant!!!

For last year or so I haven't written any reviews on the great books I've read, prior to that I would write a review after each book. The books I've read have been good, but I just didn't feel bothered to write a review... until now.
This audio book was fantastic, the blase way in which the main characters story is portrayed is fantastic. The matter of factness of the characters words and the lack of pretence attached to his honest to god view of life gives the retoric blatent humour that will have you in stitches. RC Bray makes the words come alive! The dude, as always, is brilliant and any other narrator probably would not have done this book justice.
A most listen even if this is not your type of genere. If you're an RC Bray fan its a no brainer to spend 1 audible credit on this one. You won't regret it.

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Wow! Everyone should listen to this book!!!

What a thoroughly enjoyable book from the very start! Im not usually one to listen to military books but I am so glad I did.

A Vietnam war vet, telling his story , no need for another synopsis here as already done in the book summary.
Complex, Compelling, Awkward, Hilarious, Honest, Heartwarming is just some of the words I will say! Absolutely Brilliant from start to finish ! Thank you Matthew Quick for bringing this book into our lives, and Thank you R C Bray for the outstanding as always narration