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Friday, June 26, 2009

Review - The Way Home by George Pelecanos

Title: The Way Home (Audiobook Unabridged)

Author: George Pelecanos

Publisher: Hatchette Audiobooks

Buy The Way Home Here!

Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Val

Thomas Flynn has worked hard to make a good life his family. They have a nice home in a nice neighborhood - but all the good intentions in the world can't save his teenage son from making mistakes, decisions that cost him dearly and pain his father to the core. Ten years later, Chris Flynn has set his life on the straight and narrow, working for his father's carpet company, living on his own, falling in love with a girl who's good for him. He and Thomas still clash, but they're both trying to find a middle ground. When Chris and a friend from his old life, Ben, find a large stash of money hidden in the floor during a routine job, Chris knows the right thing to do, hard as it is to walk away from a life-changing windfall. But Ben isn't as strong. He makes a mistake that not only threatens to destroy Chris's hard-won security and the fragile peace between him and his father, but will also bring treachery and violence to all of their lives.

This was my very first audio book and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is narrated by Dion Graham who also narrates A & E's The First 48. His voice is intoxicating and a perfect match for this book. The Way Home is centered around a father, Thomas Flynn and his son Chris. It is the tale of a teenage boy who gets involved with the wrong group of friends and learns the hard way just how much he really does have. The characters in this book were genuine and compelled me to feel as though I was a part of the story. I could especially relate to how the mother felt throughout the book as I have three teenagers myself. There were some funny moments as well as some gripping and touching moments. The plot line was well developed and I was kept on the edge of my seat until the very last page. I enjoyed watching as Chris developed friendships with Ali and Ben. They would become a group of friends who could be relied on no matter what. The Way Home is an excellent story that shows the struggles between a father and his son as well as providing a thrilling peek into an excellent crime drama. The villain is constantly lurking in the background and has no regard for human life if it happens to stand in his way.

I look forward to reading more books by Mr. Pelecanos and am thrilled that the very first audiobook I ever hear was written by such a talented writer. Written with a dialogue that is intelligent, solid and laced with intrigue and suspense, I highly recommend you purchase this book.

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