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Ragged Company

Written by: Richard Wagamese
Narrated by: Monique Mojica, J. D. Nicholsen, Benjamin Blais, Wesley French, Douglas Hughes
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Publisher's Summary

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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Wagamese came through again!

I have enjoyed every book of Richard Wagamese I have read so far, and this one may be my new favorite. Knowing a bit of his own story as he's written about it, one can imagine he pulls ideas and parts of stories from his experience and people he's met. Heartbreaking stories. He brings the people in this book to life, telling their stories in their voices. The audiobook performance also highlights the different characters. I listened to it any spare and quiet minute I could get.

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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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Whew

It’s a real doozie. It made me feel like a rounder, i think I’ll see the city a bit different now..

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Incredible Storytelling

Richard Wagamese has written a powerfully story of resilience, pain, and hope. It isn't a romanticized story of life on the street - it's at times brutal in its honesty. The narrators - Monique Mojica, J. D. Nicholsen, Benjamin Blais, Wesley French, Douglas Hughes - bring the characters to life in such a way that I realized I knew them - and I have known people like them. I cared about them. I cried for them. And I hoped for them. I wish everyone would listen to this selection. Maybe it would open eyes - and hearts.

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Ragged company

Was one of the most interesting stories I have listened to in a long while. The persons reading characters was in my mind very true. Excellent work!

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Uneven, but overall I liked it

Some of the narrative was hard to hear, both physically and emotionally. The first chapter was so grim I almost returned the book, I didn't realize "One For the Dead" was a character name! But after that, the characters and their stories engaged me.

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Transporting

This story/tale/teaching was truly transporting. I felt enlarged & enriched in some way every time I listened. The narration was perfect, each voice a country of its own.
Thank you to the readers/narrators for your gifts. And many blessings to Richard Wagamese ❤️

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Excellent!

A wonderfully written novel.
Beautifully performed. I enjoyed the different readers. This is an important, timeless story.

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Shear pleasure from start to finish

A wonderful journey. Storytelling at its best. Full range of human emotions felt during this listen. Well developed characters you can relate to even if you haven't experienced their depth of misfortune. Enjoyed every moment. Excellent production. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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The Street lived and loved

This story brought tears and laughter by capturing the Rounder world and briefly letting me be a square John! Moving and kept me enthralled! The voices were captivating and real. Don’t let this story not be part of your reading!

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