This was a wonderful reading by Michael Chabon of his novel. In it, he spins not only an imaginative and exciting story but he introduces his readers to several unforgettable characters whose charm, depth, and struggles reach beyond the conclusion of the novel. I will never forget Ethan Feld, his fear of baseball, and the weekly breakfasts he shared with his father of badly made flannel cakes; Jennifer T. Rideout, with her three gigantic, recliner-entrenched grandmothers, her baseball cap with her shiny black ponytail pulled through the hole, and her insistence on being called Jennifer T.; and Taffy the Sasquatch whose forlorn but wise voice first rises from a pile of black fur inside a giant's birdcage and who bemoans the misnomer of "Big Foot" for her species as she points out that her feet are of proportional size for her body. Chabon's descriptions leads us through his story with such clarity that I felt as if I saw for myself the ferishers' tiny, flying buses hurtling across the beach carrying the farisher baseball teams toward the field and Ethan Feld's father's great invention—the Zepalina-as it meandered through the cloudless sky above Summerland. This is book exemplifies a truly North American myth and fantasy drawn from Native American mythology as much as from actual history of the U.S. and baseball and combining them into a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar to our own.
My wife read this book first and fell in love with it. So, I gave it a try (even though it's not my favorite genre). It was love at first listen. I took a month to finish it because I didn't want it to end.
The author gives a simply amazing narration. He is among the top narrators I have ever heard. He perfectly captured each of the wonderful characters and instilled in them their unique personalities (as possibly only an author could do).
Summerland is filled with love and wisdom. And on top of that, it's an incredibly fun read.
My highest ratings.