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One Summer | [David Baldacci]

One Summer

It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....
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Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.

It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together.

Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette

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    Karen Bordentown, NJ, United States 07-28-11
    Karen Bordentown, NJ, United States 07-28-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Ebook producers, please listen!"

    I love David Baldacci's books, any genre. And I think Ron McLarty is a wonderful narrator (and author). That said, I have no idea whether this book was any good because I simply could not tolerate the way it was produced. Those of us devoted to audiobooks love BOOKS of all kinds, and audio is just another way to "read" them. Unless a book is expressly written to be a PLAY, please do not try to make it into one by having other narrators inject quotes by different characters. Great narrators like McLarty have their own way of creating different, identifiable characters (male and female) in an understated way; this works well and doesn't disrupt the flow of the story. Using multiple narrators works in some cases, such as "The Help," because there are whole sections coming from the point of view of a certain character; note, in those cases each narrator will do all the quotes in a section.

    This is the second Audible book in as many weeks that I have abandoned due to this annoying method of production.

    (Apologies to Mr. Baldacci - maybe I'll get this one on my Kindle.)

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Atlanta, GA, United States 08-08-11
    Nancy Atlanta, GA, United States 08-08-11 Listener Since 2005

    celticqueenbee

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    "Giant Dose of Cheese"

    I really enjoy David Baldacci's books, and Ron McLarty's performances of them, so I expected to settle in with this one and be pleasantly entertained with a different type of story from an author I much admired. What I got was a cheesy gloppy sappy predictable mess. Added to the predictability of the plot was over the top schmaltzy piano music that made me want to gag. I am so disappointed. Baldacci fans will want to avoid this one.

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    dogma2 08-03-11
    dogma2 08-03-11 Member Since 2003
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    "David Baldacci is missing!"

    I think someone--probably Nicholas Sparks-- took over David Baldacci's body and wrote this. This was so disappointing. I have loved Baldacci's other books and couldn't believe that this came from him. Totally predictable and quite boring.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 08-07-11
    Margaret Campbell Palm Coast, FL USA 08-07-11 Member Since 2001
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    "A Good Read But Not a Really Enjoyable Listen"

    The book itself was a decent read, but the female voices were like chalk on a blackboard. I could not figure out which one I disliked more. I found the attitude of the daughter......even for a teen!.......unbelievable under the circumstances and the voice given by the reader magnified it. Let's let a seasoned narrator like Ron McLarty do his own voices.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darlene Bethel, NC, United States 04-09-12
    Darlene Bethel, NC, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Love David Baldacci's books that are not mysteries"

    I personally don't like high suspense mysteries as is the case with most of David's books. This one and the Christmas Train were ones that I absolutely loved. Reading Wish you well now and loving it too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela McAllister West Linn, OR, United States 09-01-11
    Pamela McAllister West Linn, OR, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2014

    Mid-60s; love true stories of endurance.

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    "Great read"

    First Baldacci book I read; I really enjoyed it & It kept my interest. I'm sure I'll read more.

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    just me Orange County, CA USA 06-28-11
    just me Orange County, CA USA 06-28-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Lacked finesse"

    I love Baldacci's works and thoroughly enjoyed his other non-traditional book--Wish You Well. But this was a ham handed attempt to play the violin. His inspiration was right--it was a story that had great potential, but the execution was clumsy.

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    Nilda 06-23-11
    Nilda 06-23-11 Member Since 2002
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    "David Baldacci or Nicholas Sparks?"

    I couldn't believe how much this seemed like some of Sparks' novels-death, beach setting, the dialogue. Several years ago Baldacci wrote "Wish You Well". It was not his typical novel but it was a wonderful story, well written and great characters. It reminded me of "To Kill a Mockingbird".I can't say the same for this one.
    I like Ron McLarty's performance but didn't enjoy Orlagh Cassidy's.

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    Amazon devotee Colleyville, tx 08-11-14
    Amazon devotee Colleyville, tx 08-11-14 Member Since 2014

    Amazon devotee

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    What would have made One Summer better?

    Less sappy glop.


    Has One Summer turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. McLarty has a great voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Expected much better from baldacci based on his other books which I've read. This is not his forte. Completely sappy predictable romance novel stuff. And infuriating at points because I had to listen til the end but the characters and their lines were just unbelievably juvenile and pat, like a kid wrote it. Hate to be so harsh but this author is good and needs to stick with what he does best. This genre is NOT it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monika 08-01-13
    Monika 08-01-13 Member Since 2011

    M Stern

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    "Where are the tissues?"

    A great listen, didn’t want it to end. This book is right up there with WISH YOU WELL. I love it when an author steps out of the box and he does it so well:)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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