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After the death of his mother, Albert "Shoe" Horn is left to provide for his alcoholic father and look after his younger brother Bobby - a teenager with the mind of a child. After Shoe inadvertently kills a man in a fight, he must try to balance the need to protect his brother and his desire to protect himself. Shoe's story unfolds against the 1922 union strikes in England, as he must choose between living his father's life, with his brother, or a new life in America, alone.
©2009 Ron McLarty (P)2009 Random House

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  • William
  • 24-11-2009

You can't pass McLarty by!

Ron McLarty is a talented writer and narrator. I was first introduced to his work in Memory of Running. If you haven't listened to Memory of Running, you need to listen to that audio book next. It's amazing. This book isn't Memory of Running, but it McLarty through and through. He establishes characters that you care about and he takes them through a journey that isn't very typical. You don't always know where he's going, but you enjoy the trip. The Dropper is a bit different because you're not sure what the title is about, but you eventually find out in a story that is very intriguing. I'm a McLarty fan, and I'll listen to everything he's does. He's a great writer, and I highly recommend The Dropper as well as his other books.

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  • SCOTT
  • 16-08-2013

Throat literally ached at the finish

If you could sum up The Dropper in three words, what would they be?

Wrenches warmed heart

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

To the tee, heart-felt, committed, engaged

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The finish

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Why can't I give it six stars? Ron, I want you to keep writing -- you are only getting better, and you started off aces...

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  • Bruce
  • 15-10-2010

Liked it alot

I liked it a lot while walking. Ron is a great narrator.Better than Art in America by far.

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  • S.
  • 14-03-2010

Don't bother -

Loved his first book, but not this one. I wouldn't bother - no character to like, and I am still not sure if there was a story.

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  • jim
  • 08-04-2021

It just never went anywhere

I kept hoping that this story would have more happy things happen but it just kept plugging along. Not a very uplifting or positive life.

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  • SuzD
  • 14-08-2015

Hmmmmm :?

I love Ron as a narrator...I've read so many of his books. So when I saw he'd written one, I thought; good for you and bought it straight away!
I begin with the fact that I couldn't finish it...my bad, but gosh it was brutal! Even as a narrator he didn't kick it-and that's a first from me.
I think perhaps I'll try and simply read it-but the audio certainly wasn't digestible for me! Still love his voice though :))

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  • paul
  • 19-10-2012

the best book i have listened to

has to be the best book i have listened to in a very long time.a must read.ron mclarty is at his best in this production

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  • I. McMillan
  • 12-06-2011

The Dropper

I am finding it hard to listen to- set in England but narrated by an American. Worse, the narrator cannot even pronounce Morecombe Bay properly. Even Barrow-in-Furness gets mangled. Sloppy narration!

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