Awhile ago, I decided to spent a few Audible credits, and knew for sure one of the books I wanted to buy -- I couldn't quite remember the title, but it had something to do with fireflies, and was written by P. T. Deutermann, who's thrillers I've loved. So -- I found the book, bought it, downloaded it, and then a few days ago clicked on it to listen.
It started out a little odd, but as the minutes ticked away, the whole thing seemed a little strange -- this wasn't anything at all like Deutermann's previous books -- I was enjoying it, but this was very different from what I'd been expecting. Only then did I check to see who the author was -- had I made a mistake? Indeed I had: this wasn't Deutermann's "The Firefly", this was "Chasing Fireflies" by an author I'd never heard of.
Well? Good mistake! By that time I was hooked.
"Chasing Fireflies" is a thoroughly enjoyable book, one I probably never would have set out to buy but which I enjoyed enormously. Wow, these southerners can tell stories! From Faulkner to Flannery O'Connor to Pat Conroy to Grisham to those southern writers who weren't quite as prolific -- Margaret Mitchell, Harper Lee, Katheryn Stockett, John Berendt, on and on, The one thing they all have in common is consummate storytelling. These are not, for the most part, white-knuckle books, where danger, tension or fearsome acts of derring-do reign supreme. These are books about life, about the strange and wonderful world in which amazing things happen to regular, ordinary people -- or so these authors would have us believe. Listening to Charles Martin's tale of two "lost" boys, I couldn't help but marvel at how little was happening -- and how much I couldn't bear for the book to end. There are momentous moments -- of course. But played down to the point that they become the stuff of every day -- which makes them all the more interesting.
I really loved this book. Narrator Andrew Peterson -- apparently not the same man as the author of the Nathan McBride books, which are also very good -- is perfect for the voice of the young journalist who tells the story. Parts of the book are very sad, other parts very funny, but nowhere does Martin veer away from just recounting the story as it happened. Nowhere does he feel the need to prove his writerly abilities, of which he appears to be abundantly blessed. "Chasing Fireflies" comes across as a simple tale, which has to be one of the very hardest things for a writer to do -- and one in which southern writers, in particular, seem to excel.
I highly recommend "Chasing Fireflies" -- as for me, my next purchase of a Charles Martin book won't be by mistake. I'll be seeking them out.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
A great mystery wrapped in a wonderful story. What an excellent surprise, I was not prepared for such a special book; not what I expected. This is an endearing story with a truly amazing historic back story. The author made it so easy to have feelings for each character that ranged from love, anger, pity, sorrow, admiration, wonder, idolization and respect. Laughter and tears were just a few emotions this story evoked. The hysterical metaphors and colloquialisms used by "Unc" are priceless. Good narrator, I did not spend a credit but it is well worth one. Highly recommend.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This is the first audio book that I have listened to twice. The narration is great, the story is better. I don't know another tale that quite "strips" all the layers of one's soul down to the core, the way this one does. And really when it comes right down to it, our character and those we hold most dear, are all we truly have on this earth. But few ever come to realize this truth. Abandoned, neglected, and abused children find trust, acceptance and love in this amazing story . . . don't miss it . . . it is a clear picture of all that is WRONG in our world, unvarnished . . . and a little tiny window into just a few things that are still right.
I ended up listening to this book from start to finish. The ending is quite a surprise!
I will be looking for more books by this author. I think he is also did the narration. If he ever stops writing I think he could have a great vocation as a narrator.
How refreshing to read an inspirational book that kept my interest. Mr. Martin discusses the issue of the role of fathers while weaving a web of mystery. Well done.
I'd say this is my second favorite audiobook. I've listened about 20 so far and the story is excellent and the narrator does a great job.
The most memorable moment for me was during the funeral of one of the main characters. The emotion that was conveyed in the writing and in how it was read was very moving. It also is a major turning point in the book.
I liked that his performance didn't get in the way of the book but rather enhanced it.
Probably the main character's grandfather. He doesn't have a huge role in the book but he is described as being a very decent man and one who built an empire out of nothing but his hard work and smarts.
This was an excellent read! It tells the story of how we can love with everlasting results. I found it refreshing and sometimes spine tingling. This is one book which is off the beaten track.
If you're looking for a good, southern author, Martin's your man. Martin's descriptions can be over-the-top; however, he skillfully created a character (Uncle Willy) whose bungled southern metaphors were endearing. We always enjoy Martin's ability to weave stories about everyday life.... he usually shows a human side to villains....which is important to his overall themes of mercy and justice. Our least favorite of Martin's books was, The Mountain Between Us.... so we were surprised to see it rated higher in popularity. Maybe we didn't enjoy it because it was set in the Rockies and we live in Southern Appalachia. :)... southerners love to read about their own beloved homes and schools. Go Dogs!
Several different characters and their individual stories are intertwined in this enjoyable story. Some of the discoveries in the lives of the characters came a little too easily, too coincidentally, but otherwise it kept me guessing.
The sensitive way the author handled the subjects of adoption and fatal disease..
Uncle Willie, with the wide-open mind and heart.
Peterson narrates a bit too fast at the beginning, but once he slows down, his narration of all characters, was excellent.
Martin's books takes me away from the disappointments of life....even though a bit unrealistic sometimes, they still spring hope eternal in human nature....and where would we be without that.