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Ragged Company

Written by: Richard Wagamese
Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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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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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!

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great story

a bit stereotyped but long and deep, comforting and touching. A story worth listenning to.

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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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Wagamese at His Best

Bought this Audible Book last month for Indigenous Peoples History Month (June). 5 stars all around. Four homeless people find a cigarette package with 4 cigarettes, 3 $20 bills, and a lottery ticket. They discover they have won 13 million $! But they need ID to claim the prize. Enter their new friend, a retired, cynical journalist who they met at the movies while trying to keep warm. Heartwarming and insightful. Who are these 4 and how did they become homeless, and how will this money change them? For better or worse.

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so so emotional but so incredible

The narration is perfect, so realistic, so suspenseful, so wonderfully protrayed. This is the second book I've listened to by Richard Wagamese. I can't wait to read more of his!!!