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Four chronically homeless people - Amelia One Sky, Timber, Double Dick and Digger - seek refuge in a warm movie theater when a severe Arctic front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world and, once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing “the same story over and over again” in favor of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck.

A found cigarette package (contents: some unsmoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed.

Ragged Company is a journey into both the future and the past, told by an accomplished full cast which includes, in order of appearance: 

Monique Mojica as AMELIA ONE SKY
Benjamin Blais as DIGGER J.D.
Nicholsen as TIMBER
Douglas Hughes as GRANITE
Wesley French as DOUBLE DICK 

©2009 Richard Wagamese (P)2019 Anchor Canada

What the critics say

“Wagamese writes with brutal clarity…. [and] finds alleviating balance through magical legend and poetic swells of sensate imagery.” (The Globe and Mail)

“[Ragged Company] has...melancholy tenderness and spiritual yearning. Wagamese evokes each character’s consciousness and history with compassion, deep understanding and a knowledge of street life.” (Vancouver Sun)

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An unforgettable read

I liked this audio book from the very beginning to the very end. I haven’t read all Richard’s Books but the once I did were amazing stories . This one in particular, it will make me look at the homeless in a different but understandable way. This story is so insightful about the soul’s that lost their way and the glue that holds them together in tuff times as well in good ones. I felt with each one of the characters and they touched me all big times. This is an unforgettable read for me in the summer of 2019.

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Absolutely loved this book!

A book about four homeless people and one lonely upper middle class man, and about love and friendship, and above all —about connection. Richard Wagamese has a wonderful way of teaching us love and compassion to even the most wary of us. I kept thinking I knew what would happen next, and yet I was almost always wrong. A wonderful read!

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I LOVED this book! Amazing story.

I listen to books at work while performing my tasks and this book made me excited to go to work. It is an amazing story that tells the lives of people we often walk by or ignore. Everyone has a story. I cried and I laughed and I celebrated and mourned alongside all of the characters. You will not be disappointed in this book - except the fact it ends!

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Highly Recommended

What a engrossing emotional and human story! Love the performance and each character. Would highly recommend this one!!

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Loved this!

I absolutely loved this story! And the narration was awesome! I would love to see this made into a movie.

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loved this book

What a great read different than what I'm used to but you'll laugh you'll cry you'll give a lot of things a lot of thought and sometime you'll roll your eyes but in the end you'll be glad you read this book

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Loved it!

Wonerfully narrated story of struggle, loss and ultimately love and triumph in the lives of four street people. A worthwhile read.

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Unforgettable listening experience.

I can’t remember the last time I was moved to tears by a book. This is the second book by this author and both were exceptional. It’s a book that those who ignore or demonize street people should read to understand some of the circumstances that brought people to lose hope but it’s also a book about the power of love and friendships that makes this book so memorable. Fantastic author.

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love it!

Usually this isn't my kind of book but I loved it!Well written, amazing performance. I would definitely listen to more books by this author.

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Fantastic Story.....Fantastic Narrating!

For me when I listen to an audiobook, the narrators voice has to grab me from the beginning - this book did just that, with different voices for each character, it made them come alive! I loved the story and it moved me to tears in sections; everyone has a story to tell and sadly, most people are too busy with their own lives to listen. It also reminds us of what it's like to be human and to love unconditionally - well done!