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Chasing Fireflies | [Charles Martin]

Chasing Fireflies

When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?
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When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?

©2007 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-23-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "I loved it"

    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. 

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-18-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 05-18-13 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Humility, Knowing Where Your Treasure Is"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 11-08-11
    Shannon Mooresville, IN, United States 11-08-11
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    "The ending was the best part"

    I really enjoyed this story and the narrator did a good job. You can tell that it is written by a man though because of the little bit of rambling about sports a couple of times. The great surprise ending made up for any long windedness though. The characters are lovable and I enjoy Charles Martin's prose. The only think that would have made this book better for me was if there had been a little romance or love connection, but that's just because I'm a sap. I would recommend it, in fact I just downloaded another of Martin's books The Mountain Between Us with hopes that it is just as good.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth B. 12-07-08
    Ruth B. 12-07-08 Member Since 2008
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    "This book was an all night listen"

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 07-24-13
    Debbie 07-24-13
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    "Truly interesting plot"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Lee 04-29-13
    Jenny Lee 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does Chasing Fireflies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chasing Fireflies?

    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.


    What about Andrew Peterson’s performance did you like?

    I liked that his performance didn't get in the way of the book but rather enhanced it.


    If you could take any character from Chasing Fireflies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 03-19-13
    Andrew 03-19-13
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    "Surprisingly good!"

    Charles Martin definitely has his own style of writing. I really enjoyed The Mountain Between Us ... what a huge twist at the end! So, I decided to trying Chasing Fireflies. It started out very difficult to read due to the horrible child abuse. I loved the character of Sketch, but my heart broke for him. I almost stopped listening. But, I am so glad I continued. Again, the ending has a huge twist, but it was so worth it! This story is a great example of "life is not fair" but God is still on the throne and is always in control. I would give this book 4 1/2 stars if possible.

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    menary kitchen 02-28-13 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to Chasing Fireflies again? Why?

    maybe. it is definitely one of my favorites but with so many possibilities out there, it might be a while before i got around to it


    What other book might you compare Chasing Fireflies to and why?

    not sure that i can make a comparison


    What does Andrew Peterson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the character development of "unc" more than anything, but nothing lacked


    Who was the most memorable character of Chasing Fireflies and why?

    "unc", READ/LISTEN TO the book


    Any additional comments?

    top of my list!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    W. Modesto, CA, United States 02-12-13
    W. Modesto, CA, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Chasing Fireflies"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Thurman 06-22-12
    S. Thurman 06-22-12 Member Since 2010

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    "good listen"

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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