• The One-in-a-Million Boy

  • By: Monica Wood
  • Narrated by: Chris Ciulla
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (2,524 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness records-obsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for one of his son's unfinished Boy Scout badges. For seven Saturdays Quinn does yardwork for Ona Vitkus, the spry 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for oldest licensed driver. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood.

©2016 Monica Wood (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Loved it

Wow! This book is both powerful and quiet. There is a stillness that runs throughout the text, but small moments culminate in a very powerful theme. The book explores the life of Ona Vitkus through the eyes of her young helper, often just called The Boy. Like real life, the large is made up of the small, both beautiful and tragic. The boy is gone, leaving his semi involved father to "inherit" his responsibilities with Ona. Though reluctant, the father, Quinn, learns much about himself and his son through his relationship with Ona. Like much of literary fiction, the emphasis is on character development and theme, but there is enough plot to keep the reader's attention. Well worth the read.

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Wow!

After a slow start, The One-in-a-Million Boy took hold of my heart and mind. I escaped into the pages and traveled back into the memories of Ona. The book is a reminder of how much a child can impact the lives of many. I found myself laughing and crying throughout as I felt the passion of the characters that lived through the voice of Chris Ciulla. He did a terrific job narrating the story that Monica Woods authored.

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Caution... Swearing

I'm sure this book had a good story, but when the first F word came I couldn't do it anymore.

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Rare, riveting & heart-warming w/superb narration

This is a rare story, uniquely told and superbly narrated, about an unusual boy, a centenarian Lithuanian immigrant, and the dreams and friendship they shared. It is an honest, if at times sobering, look at life, love, and what gives us meaning. If i were left on an island with only a few books, i would like this to be one of them. THE ONE-IN-A-MILLION BOY is so special and original, it's nothing short of a miracle. If you love heart-warming stories, you will love this one. Kudos to Chris Ciulla who brings every character fully alive!

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Beautiful and memorable

Although it was packed with sadness (and hope born of the sadness), the truth it reveals is poignant: we often can't see how we impact others until there's damage or loss. At times, the list reading annoyed me, but I imagine it would be like real life with a boy like this one (that's to say often sweet but sometimes annoying). The way the final chapter was delivered, however, was perfect and I admit I got teary. This story made me want to know someone 104 and actually hear their stories!

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Good story that's difficult to follow

There was a great idea for a story here but some of it gets lost in the writing devices the author uses. Many great books jump back and forth in time - but it was so heavily used in this story that at times you had to work to figure out if it was present or past and which character was speaking. Because of all of the back and forth it was hard to tell where the story was going - or if it had a direction at all. I do think the story is good but it was just too much work to get there.

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Hope, Loss, Growth

This is a wonderful story that balances loss, survival, growth, and hope. The narration is outstanding, and I am picky about narrators. Very well done!

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Very moving, thought provoking,

I read true crime. I chose this book on a whim. I am so glad I stepped out of my genre. This book is powerful. It's a thought provoking exploration of relationships between friends, husbands and wives, parents and children, rekindled friendships and loss. The author tells the story from different perspectives, rotating back and forth, past and present in a way that she artfully weaves a tale that draws you in to the point that you don't want to stop listening. I love a book that really delves into how others think and why they behave the way they do and this book is all of that. Don't even get me started on the narrator. How many ways can I say he is INCREDIBLE. I would say that he really "makes" the book but that isn't true because the book is already made. The story and the narrator make a great combination. He did such incredible justice to the voices of each of the characters. Can't think of anything I could say that needs changing about any of this work. I loved it!

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This is the first book that I've listened to twice. It is very well written, it is humorous, addresses issues of older age and the feelings of older age people. It is also about loving, about young people who are outside of the norm and about grieving. I think the characters are very well developed and the story line unique. Wonderful book!

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Great story!

Very well written. Fantastic narration! This one will not disappointed. May have to listen again.

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