The Last Runaway

The Last Runaway

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"New York Times "bestselling author of"Girl With a Pearl Earring "Tracy Chevalier makes her first fictional foray into the American past in "The Last Runaway," bringing to life the Underground Railroad and illuminating the principles, passions and realities that fueled this extraordinary freedom movement.
In "New York Times "bestselling author Tracy Chevalier s newest historical saga, she introduces Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker who moves to Ohio in 1850, only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape.
Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.
However, drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, Honor befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
A powerful journey brimming with color and drama, "The Last Runaway "is Tracy Chevalier s vivid engagement with an iconic part of American history."
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2013
ISBN: 9781611761412
Branch Call Number: CD BK CHE
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (10 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate

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IV27HUjg
Mar 23, 2015

This is not a review that comments on exactly what the synopsis & every other review states, that's redundant. I've usually liked all TC books & I'd actually read it when just on the shelves, so chose the audio instead. Kate Reading used a 'voice' I could hardly tolerate & one very different from my idea of Honor's voice. It was not the least bit compelling or interesting. If a person had no previous knowledge of this subject it might be of interest. Had this been my first read by TC, I'd never read another of hers.

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SuzeParker
Dec 28, 2013

Chevalier delivers a pleasant, quick, light read. A story that highlights the Underground Railroad makes for an interesting topic, although it doesn't take much research to see that Chevalier takes a lot of liberties with historical fact. As a story that requires little effort and reveals a bit of what Ohio life was like in the mid-1800s, The Last Runaway succeeds. As a work of well-researched, memorable, enduring fiction, not so much.

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FVReader
Sep 01, 2013

I've enjoyed a couple of Chevalier's other works many years ago. They are light, interesting, fun books to read/listen to. This story, however, seems to miss all the marks. The characters seem flat. Honore is too naïve, despite her sheltered upbringing. She is acting on convictions that we, the readers, can't believe she has...or, if she has them, where she got them from.
Also, the historical aspects of this book, although in the forefront, seem rather like a background story. They are a cheap cover-up for a romance story that doesn't seem plausible.
This story does not pull the reader in or connects in many ways. I suppose Chevalier is trying to say that Honor had to decide about her life and how to be happy. The story of the runaways and the friendships Honor made were filler; they brought nothing to the story, which is sad. There are some interesting characters in this book but their story doesn't come out.
A fluff of a story. Chevalier's other books were enjoyable and fun. This one missed the boat.

JCLMargaretO Jun 04, 2013

Although not as good as her other titles, I thought this was a good read. More depth into Honor Bright's motivation for many of the things she did would have been helpful. Interesting to see Quaker values, lifestyle, and moral challenges in regard to the Underground Railroad and American way of life which was so different from that of England.

The leisurely pace of this story perfectly fits the 19th century time period and the reader's voice evokes the Quaker cultural traditions as well as the sweet and steady personality of the main character. A delight to listen to!

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