Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

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 proved foolish.Five years after losing everything, he falls in love w...

Details Long Way Gone

TitleLong Way Gone
Release DateOct 4th, 2016
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Contemporary, Inspirational

Reviews Long Way Gone

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    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 was over, or so it seemed. He had plenty of money and he fixed up the old Ptarmigan Theatre his dad bought years ago but never did anything with it. Cooper made it into a ni...
  • Melissa
    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 think. This one combined two of my favorite things - a great love story and music. Music colors my world. I couldn’t imagine how gray and bland life would be without ...
  • Pamela
    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 review WILL EVENTUALLY COME, when I'm able to expound at reasonable length. I'm currently tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, visiting family, welcoming new g...
  • Ron
    ”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 music, and with the way music becomes the center of this one, I think it has to be counted. I like music, a lot, but I could not describe the way its made, how a guitar...
  • Judy Collins
    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 stood on the porch staring down the road. And to every loved on who's reached the end of that road, . . . and turned around. Charles Martin’s highly anticipated LONG WA...
  • Melissa
    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 help but be enriched and encouraged after completing the book. Cooper is an intricate character with an amazing story to tell, and the supporting cast is just as im...
  • Alice Carter
    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 who is atall musical, as there are many many musical references in this book, a lot of which went right over my head. At times I found these a little distracting, but no...
  • Donna
    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 then pulled me under. So it is with sadness that I wasn't as stunned by this one. I've read almost everything he's written, hoping to find another Wrapped in Rain: A N...
  • Rachael
    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 touching. This was my first by this author, but I don't expect it will be my last. This had a strong faith theme...and a bit of the unseen spiritual world.Recommend. Th...
  • Brent Soderstrum
    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 to a story and but then he ties them off as he works he way through the tale. There were countless times in which I read something and wondered where that came from hopi...
  • Rebecca
    "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 the mountains of Colorado and a life filled with tent revivals to the street corners of Nashville, Tennessee, where lots of people could play an instrument, but seldom o...
  • Heidi
    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 ultimately this novel points to God's unconditional love for us. No matter how ugly or painful our sin, Jesus redeemed it all. To me, that's the prevailing message of thi...
  • Victoria Bylin
    This book hit home. That's the best thing I can say. Loved it from start to finish.
  • Debbie
    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. And what about Daley Cross? What went on with her? The author just gets you so intrigued just how he wrote the book. I was mesmerized from the very first chapter.A bo...
  • Olya
    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 deep inside me, changed the way I see others and the way I see myself, and the way I think others (and God) see me. And it seems that all of them lead to the "Long way go...
  • Krista
    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 music and learned a few instruments when I was younger. Music is definitely a major part of this book, almost it's own character. Even for those who may not have a back...
  • Charlene Intriago
    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 musician. His father and lots of people around him recognize Coop's talent including a few folks from Nashville and it's those folks from Nashville that worry his f...
  • Lisa
    Long Way GoneCharles MartinMy Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Publisher Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio (Audio Edition)Publish Date October 4, 2016SUMMARYLong Way Gone is first and foremost a story about love and forgiveness. A father's unyielding and immeasurable love for his son. It's the modern day story of the prodigal son. Cooper O'Connor is eighteen and angry when he runs away to Nashville stealing his dad's most important possessions. His truck, h...
  • Iola
    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 writing is outstanding, the plot is excellent, the structure close to perfect.I was fascinated by the musical information—the Ryman theatre, the Nashville Notation System...
  • Pauline
    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 interpretations in the story keep you from this book. Jesus' story of the Prodigal Son has always touched my heart because we are all prodigals in one way or the other ...
  • Dana Michael
    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 patient father who forgives. This book Can only be described as a masterpiece. If you have been a prodigal, are a prodigal or a parent of a prodigal,or if you just lo...
  • Kirsten
    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 he hears and see what he sees.Sometime when I am reading that gets too monotonous, I will skim through it. I read every word of this book.I highly recommend this book !
  • Mary
    What are the chances of finding your long lost love by the side of the road, all beat up, 20 yrs later? I wanted to buy the happenstances of this story, but they were too unlikely. The Colorado scenery and mountains, I believe. The gift of music and the old hymns, I also believe. But the story as a whole seemed superfluous
  • Andi
    I liked the theme of the book, a new take on the parable, the Prodigal Son. It started out strong and I was enjoying every reading moment and then the book took a nose dive. I was really sad that it happened that way. Honestly, I was really looking forward to reading this and I hate that I didn't enjoy it more.
  • Robert Hazelwood
    Recommend: seriously folks, one of the best books I have ever read. Doesn't take long before you are taken in by superb character development. Wonderful storytelling.
  • Ayekah
    "Music cuts people free." "It silences the thing that's trying to kill us."What drew me to this book was the multi-layered combination of the musician as the prodigal son.Even the title spoke to me on a visceral level. This isn't a story written for the head, it's a story written for the heart. One that you take in and mold around your own life. The book, divided into three parts; starts in the present where Cooper is now living back in Colorado,...
  • Lizzy Bueckert
    I have never read this author before and decided to pick this up and try it. I am so glad I did! This story not only touched my heart, it spoke to my soul. If I had to use only one word to describe this book, that word would be 'special'.
  • Jessica Higgins
    A fantastic, fast paced, emotionally gripping read! I couldn’t put it down until I knew what was going to happen next!Cooper O’Connor knows how to make music. Not for personal gain or profit, but how to actually reach into people’s souls and touch them with his notes. But he also knows trials and tribulations. One day after playing an impromptu set up with an older man in Leadville, Colorado, Cooper sees a woman thumbing a ride down the roa...
  • Sara Miller
    From the very first page this book like all of Charles' other stories beats and thrums with this energy that is infectious and draws you right into the story. This is a story for anyone who considers themselves a music aficionado, a story for those who love enthralling tales, a story for those who love to feel a story long after you set the book down. Cooper is a musician in the truest sense of the word and the way Charles writes about the effec...
  • Stacy
    This beautifully crafted novel centers around Cooper O'Connell an itinerant preacher's (tent revival) son. He sought fame and fortune in the big city of Nashville, his life was hard and desperate which made it tug at my heartstrings. His story told by the uber-talented Charles Martin will leave you longing for more. I laughed, cried and stayed up way too late reading this book, you can say I fell in love with it. Thank you Mr. Martin for writing ...