A classic coming-of-age story and international best seller.
Captivating and evocative, Herman Raucher's semi-autobiographical tale has been made into a record-breaking Academy Award-nominated hit movie, adapted for the stage, and enchanted for generations.
In the summer of 1942, Hermie is 15. He is wildly obsessed with sex, and passionately in love with an "older woman" of 22, whose husband is overseas and at war. Ambling through Nantucket Island with his friends, Hermie's indelible narration chronicles his frantic efforts to become a man, especially one worthy of the lovely Dorothy, as well as his glorious and heartbreaking initiation into sex.
©1971 Herman Raucher (P)2017 Herman Raucher
books are my drug of choice :D
I picked this because of the narrator, Braden Wright is one of my fave voices to listen to.
Not my usual genre, but I am glad I did. The emotions, the odd friendship between the 3 boys, the quirky workings of their teenage minds and the hilarious quips that had me laughing out loud, makes this story a delight and not easily forgotten. I recommend it with 5 stars.
Mr. Wright did an amazing job as usual, the voices he gave the characters were defined and the emotions clearly felt.
A classic that always feels fresh. Perfect balance of humor and heartbreak. Terrific that an audiobook is now available. The movie is equally good. I am a longtime fan of the author's work and recommend his other novels and films, too.
An incredible story...beautiful and completely engrossing. I read it years ago and never tire of it...this audiobook is as amazing an iteration as the Oscar-nominated film!
I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Tender coming of age story. Sweet and well-written.
The best part of the book is the story and the way it is told. Very easy to find oneself totally immersed in it.
Hermie is the most interesting.
Great story. From the academy nominated movie to the book and now to this audible version, the story translates very well in all formats
Romantic, humorous, timeless.
The narration is easy to follow, and it's enjoyable to hear the characters come to life.
Go see the film!
The book is a really good read that stands the test of time. It's great to see that it's now out in e-book and audio form.
Powerful, bittersweet, iconic
Hermie is a compelling character because he is on the one hand a typical teenage boy, but on the other he is more sensitive, more caring and introspective than most of his peers.
Actually I would love to take Herman Raucher, the author, out to dinner. He is a wonderful writer -- and seems like a wise and witty person. I bet he would make me laugh.
I have read Summer of 42 in book form several times, but it's fabulous to have it in audio form!
All of it, funny, touching and timeless.
Always makes me laugh and cry. The movie is also a favorite.
Check out writer Herman Raucher's other books and films.
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