A trilogy. Say it in three. Done.
A murder mystery, with strong characterization of central characters. The author writes around varied themes: Overcoming anger, long-term ostracism, parental love, second chances, redemption, faith, child abuse, the foster care system, and the ravages of HIV and hepatitis.
Set in Brunswick, Georgia, near the Atlantic coast and in the Buffalo Swamp marshlands. Takes place in current time and in the past. Told in first person POV, by Chase, a journalist.
This story is heartwarming. The portrayal of Uncle Willy's devoted fatherly love for little lost orphan boys -- and girls -- is beautiful. I loved seeing joy come to the little mute boy, so badly abused. However, his trust came too soon, I felt. After so much abuse at the hands of a man, he'd be slow to hold another's hand.
There are several references to the Bible, but the characters didn't feel preachy at all.
I liked the car, a snorkeling Land Cruiser named Vicky. I liked the funeral scene. Enjoyed the midnight hunt through the streets of Atlanta. Interesting resolution to the stolen diamond necklace.
But the story is also frustrating. Some plot holes. Some long info-dumps about the history of St Simons island and Sea Island. There's an info-dump on how terribly painful it is to die of aids.
As for the villain, this plot has a very disappointing resolution.
Also, I sometimes couldn't tell whether the author was describing a past or present scene. The story kept hopping around in time. This time-hopping drew me out of the characters, away from the story. It reduced the emotional impact.
Narration: Anderson portrayed the character voices quite well. He's not in the same league as Simon Vance, but slightly better than average, except for some poorly placed pauses and a few mispronounced words. Dulcinea, the whore esteemed by Don Quixote, for example. Easy enough to find out how to say it. Listen to the soundtrack or watch the movie, Man from La Mancha. The title was stated in the story.
Another book about an abused child who finds joy and love is ** The Good Dream ** set in about 1960 Appalachia. Loved that story, with only a few quibbles. Loved the narration, too. It's here on Audible
This book is now in my top ten of all time favorites! This should be required reading.
Uncle Willie, Of course. The Willie-isms : )
You would totally miss the realistic south Georgia accent. Great job with that even if he mispronounced 'muscadine' and 'Sapelo'.
I was amazed at how easily this story unfolded, but was held captive by so much of the accurate description of the marshland. I fell in love with the coastal islands of Georgia about the same time as this book was being written, and hope to retire there soon.
Charles Martin weaves intricate stories with life lessons in them. I am amazed at the quality of the storyline as well as the maturity of the subject matter.
I highly recommend this book for your listening enjoyment!!
Martin is a writer like non other. I love his audiobooks
I would compare this book to everything else he as written and I love them all. He has a sight to life that is so fulfilling and like no other author.
He makes this story come alive and you are just gathered into the book. You can't put it down
I would take them all, It is that good.
Make ! It is worth every penny spent, life will never be the same again after listening to it.
This is an intriguing story with firm values attached. A year has passed since I read it, but I have reflected upon the characters many times since then. I don't recommend to books clubs a lot of the books I read, but I recommend this one, It even has discussion questions in the back.
Tell us about yourself! An Audible member since 2006 and a voracious reader always.
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.
I really enjoyed this book. Uncle Willie is a hero. Great insight into abandoned boys. I would highly recommend this book.
I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!
Chasing Fireflies was a bargain book I took a chance on, and I'm glad I did. While the book may not rank in my top ten books, I found it to be an enjoyable listen. The beginning was a bit slow, and perhaps even confusing, but soon everything made sense. It was one of those times where actually having the book to refer back to would have helped.
I liked how the author brought to light the difficulties of older children in foster care, as well as all the red tape etc involved. The narrator did a good job as well. Overall the story was a sweet one, and I would try another of the author's books.
A good story, well developed and told. It held my attention throughout. Narrator was right for the job - except that he didn't/couldn't differentiate female/male voices and it sometimes made the flow confusing. But I did enjoy this heartbreaking but ultimately redeeming story.
SURPRISING, ENJOYABLE , THOUGHT PROVOKING
Too many incidents which would be overlooked in the reading of the book, but the narrator doesn't miss them in his telling, and in some instances ensures the listener is aware of the subtle inferences.
His perfect characterisation.
YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY
A book I will read again, but more importantly I have already recommended it to all my friends because most people will relate to the story or part of. I believe it is an ageless book in that if you were to read or listen to it any time during this century, the story won't date just as Tom Sawyer and Little Women and the ilk are still enjoyed.