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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 (4 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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
  • 31-05-2016

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
  • 30-05-2016

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
  • 15-08-2016

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
  • 12-08-2016

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-2016

Pretty good story and narration.

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

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  • Sue An
  • 28-07-2016

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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  • Natalie Hunter
  • 13-12-2018

Great Story

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

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  • MelodyJ
  • 26-09-2018

love her stories

KRH's stories are so varied. Always tough subject matter with difficult struggles to a satisfying end. i didn't think I'd love Ethan and his story so much!

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  • Ed
  • 25-08-2018

leaving Blythe river

Really enjoyed this book. Very entertaining and no need for bad language. I would recommend this book to my friends.

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  • beverly shilling
  • 04-06-2018

A page turned from the start

We have enjoyed many of this author's books. And narrators did a great job with voices, emotion and reflection of characterization. And this story runs the gamut. From fear to raw courage to love and exuberance.
To grappling with life's deep issues of forgiveness and parenting.
It's a book we hated to see end. But so glad we ventured to the Blythe River. Highly recommend for an absorbing read.