Long Way Gone

Long Way Gone

?No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.? At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O?Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon ?No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You...

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Title:Long Way Gone
Author:Charles Martin
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Genres:Christian Fiction
ISBN:0718084713
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:296 pages pages

Long Way Gone Reviews

  • Melissa
    Mar 23, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

  • Brent Soderstrum
    Oct 17, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

  • Ronie
    Jun 29, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

  • Victoria Bylin
    Mar 02, 2017

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

  • Charlene Intriago
    Apr 25, 2017

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

  • Varina Denman
    Mar 20, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

  • Iola
    Feb 24, 2017

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

    Long Way Gone Charles Martin My Rating ????? Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition) Publish Date October 4, 2016 SUMMARY Long Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for hi...

    Long Way Gone is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son, set in high-country Colorado and among the ups and downs of the Nashville music industry. It?s written in first person from the point of view of Cooper O?Connor, an evangelist?s son with a gift for music. The writ...

  • Pauline
    Oct 12, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

    Long Way Gone Charles Martin My Rating ????? Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition) Publish Date October 4, 2016 SUMMARY Long Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for hi...

    Long Way Gone is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son, set in high-country Colorado and among the ups and downs of the Nashville music industry. It?s written in first person from the point of view of Cooper O?Connor, an evangelist?s son with a gift for music. The writ...

    Charles Martin is fast becoming one of my favorites! Gripping book. Solid story. Emotional ride. I love music so it made me doubly interested. Some of the religious views made me pause and say, "what????" But don't let the fact you may question or differ with some of the religious inte...

  • Joleen
    May 07, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

  • Elle
    May 31, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

    Long Way Gone Charles Martin My Rating ????? Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition) Publish Date October 4, 2016 SUMMARY Long Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for hi...

    Long Way Gone is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son, set in high-country Colorado and among the ups and downs of the Nashville music industry. It?s written in first person from the point of view of Cooper O?Connor, an evangelist?s son with a gift for music. The writ...

    Charles Martin is fast becoming one of my favorites! Gripping book. Solid story. Emotional ride. I love music so it made me doubly interested. Some of the religious views made me pause and say, "what????" But don't let the fact you may question or differ with some of the religious inte...

    How have I never heard of Charles Martin until now? I will definitely be reading more by him - excellent! https://elleisforliterature.blogspot.... ...

  • Jocelyn Green
    Mar 09, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

  • Oceana
    May 03, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

  • Heidi
    Sep 13, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

  • Melissa
    Sep 22, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

  • Krista
    Dec 25, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

  • Rebecca
    May 01, 2017

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

  • Judy Collins
    Oct 02, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

  • Debbie
    Dec 16, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

  • Donna
    Oct 19, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

  • Lisa
    Feb 02, 2017

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

    Long Way Gone Charles Martin My Rating ????? Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition) Publish Date October 4, 2016 SUMMARY Long Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for hi...

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Nov 04, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

  • Pamela
    Nov 10, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

  • Rachael
    Mar 13, 2017

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

  • Olya
    Oct 08, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

  • Dana Michael
    Dec 02, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

    Long Way Gone Charles Martin My Rating ????? Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition) Publish Date October 4, 2016 SUMMARY Long Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for hi...

    Long Way Gone is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son, set in high-country Colorado and among the ups and downs of the Nashville music industry. It?s written in first person from the point of view of Cooper O?Connor, an evangelist?s son with a gift for music. The writ...

    Charles Martin is fast becoming one of my favorites! Gripping book. Solid story. Emotional ride. I love music so it made me doubly interested. Some of the religious views made me pause and say, "what????" But don't let the fact you may question or differ with some of the religious inte...

    How have I never heard of Charles Martin until now? I will definitely be reading more by him - excellent! https://elleisforliterature.blogspot.... ...

    As Stradivarius with a violin, as Elvis with a song, so is Charles Martin....with words. The words in this book resonated feelings deep inside me. Drawing emotions causing me to feel pain only a parent can understand. Hurt from a son that caused the pain. Love that only comes from a pa...

  • Kirsten
    Oct 01, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...

    "Music is a gift. We make it to give away." It took Cooper "Peg" O'Connor decades to learn what his father had been faithfully demonstrating for years; "(when you play a song)you're giving them something that no amount of money can buy . . . . . . hope." His journey took him from t...

    Phenomenal read! Long Way Gone examines an age-old dilemma in a modern setting: dealing with the ramifications of one's poor choices and our determination as humans to try and outrun our mistakes. Charles Martin pens a beautiful love story, not only between Cooper and Daley, but ultima...

    Long Way Gone by Charles Martin Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Romance Format: Audible Three main characters: Cooper O?Connor: Musical prodigy Daley Cross: Vocal prodigy, love of Cooper's life Big-Big: Protector, friend One word: Phenomenal. No wonder it was a Christy Award ...

    This book really spoke to me as a writer, especially when he says that "music isn't something you HAVE to do, it's something you GET to do it." Long Way Gone was a beautiful story, but I'm not terribly surprised as I don't think Charles Martin knows how to write a bad story. Maybe that...

    This is the most beautiful story I?ve ever read. There?s nothing else I can say. Read it if you?ve ever felt like you?re too far gone to be saved or to come home. ...

    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish. ...

    I loved this book! It wasn't in chronological order, but I think the author did an absolute great job in telling the story. The way he broke it up, you just kept wondering, what happened to Cooper that he gave it all up. The author doesn't tell you until like the middle of the book. An...

    I usually don't write reviews. I don't know what to say other than whether I enjoyed or not a book, and that's what the stars (rating) are for. But this one... I have to try and say something. I've read all the Charles Martin novels. Each one was unique. Each one touched something de...

    This was my first Charles Martin book. Thanks to the Fiction Guild for sending it to me. The story took a little while to get going, which is the main reason this was 4 instead of 5 stars for me. But once I got to know the characters a bit I liked it better. I am someone who loves ...

    Cooper O'Conner's father is one of those "tent preachers". No mother in the picture as his mother died a long time ago and it's just been him and his father and sitting up tents, taking them down, listening to his father preach, and Coop (nicknamed "Peg") developing into a pretty good ...

    Long Way Gone Charles Martin My Rating ????? Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition) Publish Date October 4, 2016 SUMMARY Long Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for hi...

    Long Way Gone is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son, set in high-country Colorado and among the ups and downs of the Nashville music industry. It?s written in first person from the point of view of Cooper O?Connor, an evangelist?s son with a gift for music. The writ...

    Charles Martin is fast becoming one of my favorites! Gripping book. Solid story. Emotional ride. I love music so it made me doubly interested. Some of the religious views made me pause and say, "what????" But don't let the fact you may question or differ with some of the religious inte...

    How have I never heard of Charles Martin until now? I will definitely be reading more by him - excellent! https://elleisforliterature.blogspot.... ...

    As Stradivarius with a violin, as Elvis with a song, so is Charles Martin....with words. The words in this book resonated feelings deep inside me. Drawing emotions causing me to feel pain only a parent can understand. Hurt from a son that caused the pain. Love that only comes from a pa...

    Higher than 5 stars for me This book is so good that I don't know how to put it into words. My feeble review will not adequately describe how good this book is. This is one of the top five books I have ever read!!! The narrative descriptions are astounding, you can hear what ...

  • Alice Carter
    Oct 01, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

  • Ron
    Sep 30, 2016

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

  • Missy
    Apr 16, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

  • Jill
    Mar 21, 2018

    Wow, I had no idea I would like this book so much. It touched me in so many ways, it's taken me a bit to figure what I'm even going to say. I laughed and I cried and I loved. When Cooper finally made his way home to Colorado he was a changed man in many ways. His music career w...

    Charles Martin?s writing is truly something special. It feels different somehow. Like the few others of his I?ve read, this story touched my soul on a deeper level. His words, throughout the entire story, had such substance and profound meaning. Things that made me sit back and th...

    I've been chomping at the bit to get a review written for Long Way Gone - which I was blessed to receive complimentary from the author via the publisher. I truly wish to honor both the powerful message of the story and the extraordinary talents of Charles Martin. In which a more worthy...

    ?Robert Johnson wasn't the only man with a guitar to stand at a crossroad and talk with the devil. Every man with a guitar crosses that same street, and the conversation is always the same. So are the promises.? The heart of this story involves three people, four if you count mus...

    A special thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Also purchased the audiobook narrated by Adam Verner - an epic performance. Top 50 Books of 2016 "To everyone who's ever known the pain of watching a loved one walk away and then...

    Another stellar novel from Martin. His fabulous gift for characterization is evident on each page. Layers of the story are peeled back to show the spiritual truth underneath the gripping plot. This is a reimagining of the prodigal son story from the Bible, and the reader's faith can't ...

    What a powerful read. This was the most profound retelling of a parable that I've ever enccountered. The three-part structure really worked for this story, and though there was lot of telling versus showing in Part Two, even that worked because it was told through the first-person lens...

    A moving and emotional tale, based loosely on the parable of the prodigal son. You know there's good storie and then there's great stories. This is a great story and one that I know will stay with me for a very long time to come. I highly reccomend this story, especially to anyone w...

    This is a solid 4.5 stars. I will just put this out there, this was my lunch read and I sometimes added extra salt to my food because of this book. My grandpa and his brothers were big singers, they sang at church in the choir, at church dinners for entertainment while you waited, and ...

    I enjoyed Martin's descriptive writing style, and the story of Long Way Gone is gentle and compelling. The way he describes music and musicians is beautiful, and I kept feeling the urge to sit down at the piano or break out in song. The last chapters drag with long stretches of dialogu...

    My first Charles Martin book was Wrapped in Rain: A Novel of Coming Home which I absolutely loved. Granted it was almost 10 years ago, I may feel differently about it today, but I don't know. I still carry that story in my heart. I loved how that book reached out and grabbed me and the...

    Really enjoyed this read. The writing style is so different, and the storyline is incredibly well done. Giving this five stars because it touched my heart and brought a tear or two. Very few books do that. The characters seem so real, and the plot ( though not original) is so very ...

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program. I had never read any book written by Charles Martin and, quite frankly, had never heard of him. I was blessed with having won his book and then having read it. Martin has a way of bringing up items that you think are loose ends t...

    A true 5* book if I have ever read one! I am stunned at this book and will remember it for a very long time. This book defies description. It reaches in and touches your soul. Charles Martin hasa true gift with words. He uses words and imagery as the main character Coop uses music. I ...