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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 04-02-13
    Sharron Robinvale, Australia 04-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A Feel Good Read"

    I really enjoyed this book. Uncle Willie is a hero. Great insight into abandoned boys. I would highly recommend this book.

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    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 03-17-13
    Susan San Dimas, CA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm going from chapter to chapter in life. Some are definitely better than others!

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    "A Fairly Good Chase"
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    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.

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    Aditi Bedford, VA, United States 03-16-13
    Aditi Bedford, VA, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very important story"

    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.

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    Suzanne 03-15-13
    Suzanne 03-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "THE GIFT OF BEING PART OF A FAMILY"
    If you could sum up Chasing Fireflies in three words, what would they be?

    SURPRISING, ENJOYABLE , THOUGHT PROVOKING


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

    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.


    What about Andrew Peterson’s performance did you like?

    His perfect characterisation.


    If you could rename Chasing Fireflies, what would you call it?

    YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    sharon san diego, california, United States 03-14-13
    sharon san diego, california, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2013

    love to read and love audio books!Favorite authors: Marcia Willett,Nevil Shute,Mary Stewart,and Jacqueline Winspear. I could go on and on but wont bore you! I belong to a book group and we often" Listen" to the books we have selected for the month while using a paper copy for the discussion notes. It really enhances the quality of the story.

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    "Charles Martin Wins Again"

    I always enjoy any thing by Charles Martin. His books have great plots and are full of
    memorable characters. The portrayal of " Unc" "Snoot" the little mute boy are heart warming. He keeps you guessing just long enough. He does not shy away from social issues but tackles them with sensitivity and love drawing you into the world of the outcast and making their lives very real .
    Chasing Fireflies was sometimes heart wrenching but very good listen.

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    Genie 03-11-13
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    "Surprisingly uplifting"
    If you could sum up Chasing Fireflies in three words, what would they be?

    A bit hard to get into but the intense relationship the reader develops with each character is tremendous. Well worth a listen!


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    Michelle 03-09-13
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    "First audiobook to make me cry."
    Would you listen to Chasing Fireflies again? Why?

    Yes! The awe and wonder from a child and adult perspective are truly linked in this story. The advise that "unc" gives is priceless.


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    Judy Canon City, CO, United States 02-27-13
    Judy Canon City, CO, United States 02-27-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "A DELICIOUS READ, WONDERFUL STORY"
    What did you love best about Chasing Fireflies?

    Everything, the story, the characters,the narrator!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters!!


    What about Andrew Peterson’s performance did you like?

    He is a wonderful narrator, pulls you into their lives
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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the little boy Sketch, has the whole family up all night searching for his friend, a little old lady he played chess with.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book, the story pulls you in right away, Charles Martin, is a wonderful writer, I will search for all of his books. Great, clean,loving story, with everything you want in a book.mystery, love, friendship, pain. I laughed out loud, cried, and when it was over I was sad, wanted so much more!!

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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 02-26-13
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic, Heartwarming, and Meaningful"

    As I first started listening to this book I almost gave up, thinking it was going to be one of those long drawn out wordy books that left you feeling unsatisified. I couldn't have been more wrong. I love the characters, the wit and how it tugs at your heartstrings. I laughed, and yes I did cry. The bits of wisdom passed along to Chase by his "uncle" are great and I love the way he words them. This book makes you feel like there really are people in the world that care enough about others to face painful decisions everyday to help them. This should be on a required reading list for everyone, to teach us how to love each other.

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    NatesNana 02-26-13
    NatesNana 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!"

    The writer drew me into the characters from the start. Moving insights into the plight of fatherless boys and what they most need, woven into a story with a gripping plot and believable, well developed characters. Will be looking for more from this author.

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