When young Gus LeGarde befriends a cranky old hermit in the woods who speaks to an Oneida Indian spirit named Penaki, he wonders if the man is nuts. But when Penni rattles tin cups, draws on dusty mirrors, and flips book pages, pestering them to find evidence to avenge her past and free her from earthly bondage, things change.
What Gus doesn'tunderstand is why his mother hates Tully. His relentless digging reveals a hint of scandal about Tully and Gus' maternal grandfather, Marlowe Wright. Can his natural compassion help him accept the not-so-normal facts about Tully and Marlowe?
On horseback, Gus and his friends ride through woods overlooking Conesus Lake,following Penni's trail to an abandoned house reportedly infected with the deadly Genesee Valley Fever from the 1700s. Unafraid, they enter and make anastounding find that could rewrite history.
Gus summons courage beyond his years in this poignant and powerful telling of the sultry summer of 1965.
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This Aaron Paul Lazar's mystery is well written and is easy to pick and up and put down. Even though this story is part of a several part series, I had no trouble jumping in at this point and I didn't feel like I was missing anything as a listener/reader, which is very rare and commendable. It had a down to earth plot and fun twists and turns that can bring you back to your childhood adventure days.
Narrator, Erik Synnestvedt, does well to capture the youthful nature of this book. His voices are simple yet diverse and keep you engaged throughout the tale.
Overall a good read. I would recommend this to all.
This audiobook was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
Brings Me Back
Timing was excellent
Coming of age in small town America
Aaron masters the feelings of all three young characters, Gus, Elsbeth and Sigrid. The book stays in that 11-12 year old perspective and it true that reality throughout. I loved that. This is Aaron Lazar's strength. You fall in love with them and wish you were young again.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but I have to say I love young Gus and his adventures. I must admit I could tell what was coming, but I still enjoyed the book. I love this particular narrator and think he does a wonderful job of portraying many different characters. Sometimes you wonder if it's someone else's voice!
Gus LeGarde is twelve years old, it's 1965, and it's high summer. What could be better? He and his friends, the twins Elsbeth and Siegfried, ride their horses and boat on the lake and generally to all the unsupervised wandering around that kids did in the 1960s.
In the course of that wandering, they discover a local hermit, Zachariah Tully, living alone in an old cottage with no electrical power. Except he seems not to be alone; he talks to someone he calls Penni. He's a grumpy man, and threatens to shoot them if they don't get away from his home immediately when he discovers them lurking outside.
Attempts to learn more about Tully run aground when Gus discovers his mother reacts very badly to any mention of him. It seems there was some connection between Grandfather Wright and Mr. Tully, and Gloria LeGarde can't forgive Tully for whatever it was.
The summer gets more interesting when a famous woman journalist who spent fifteen years being held prisoner in Pakistan returns home to the area with her husband after finally escaping. After just three days of being reunited, her husband dies--in their car, parked in the LeGardes' driveway. As startling an event as this is in itself, it triggers more revelations and discoveries about Tully and Grandfather Wright.
Gus, Elsbeth, and Siegfried meet ghosts, solve long-buried local mysteries, unearth family secrets, and make their first discoveries of young love, in the midst of living what used to be an utterly normal childhood, which must seem unbelievable to kids today--or even to their parents, who grew up after the era of roaming free ended. That's a real loss; we learned so much in our unsupervised wandering and play.
This is a wonderful read. Recommended!
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author.
I have nothing to compare it do. It is beautifully unique and not something I would have ever considered reading, on my own.
He does well with the accents and voice changes. He brings real character to the characters.
I laughed many times and became rather emotional at others.
My only problem with the narration is that sometimes the narrated portion would continue in the voice of the character who spoke last. I have noticed this with a lot of narrators and would prefer the narration to be different from the voices. Sometimes it makes it hard to tell where the speaking ends and the narration begins.
This was a fun tale. It took me a long time to begin reading because when I heard the character names I assumed this book would resemble the last one of Lazar's that I read. This one was much different and a welcome change.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
I am a working woman in a man's world but it's ok because I really love being around men !! I've been happily married for 48 years!
Wonderous, Compelling, Rewarding
I was so totally involved in the entire book that it is difficult to pick only one memorable moment. The entire story was memorable from the very beginning until the very end. I enjoyed it when Gus received his first kiss on the lips and when he realized he was starting to have sexual feelings when he was around Elsbeth. I felt like I was "in the room" with Gus throughout the book while listening to his most secret thoughts.
I have not listened to Erik before but I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. He kept me on the edge of my seat in the scary parts and had me smiling in the humorous parts. He really knows how to keep the listener involved.
I wouldn't say that I had an extreme reaction but rather and intense one that pushed me to curtail my daily routine so that I could keep listening to this story. I just couldn't bear to stop and listened at unusual times of the day than I normally do so that I would not lose touch at any time. Wonderful and amazing storyline.
I find myself wondering how Aaron comes up with such wonderful storylines. I could just listen to one after another of his books and never ever be bored. I have felt emotions that I thought were long lost to me ! Aaron makes me feel young again !!!
I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will definitely be watching for this author in the future.
* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for review.
I received the audiobook as a gift (not with any expectation of a review) and enjoyed it more than you'd think an old bat would enjoy a book with a 12-year-old hero. Then again, Gus LeGarde is an exceptional (though entirely ordinary - go figure) 12-year-old. Lazar combines great sensitivity and rich descriptive details to create engaging characters in fascinating relationships within original plot scenarios. The paranormal element was a gentle, entertaining exploration of what-if. Not everyone will agree with Lazar's take on certain relationships, but his unconditional love for all of humanity shines through every book of his that I've read. I'd recommend this book for both young adult and adult readers.
I'm a big fan of voice artist Erik Synnestvedt too. He brings Gus to life perfectly and does a great job individualizing the other characters.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
A small town with a big mystery and a playful ghost. This is the sixth book in "Gus LeGarde", series but it can stand alone. A coming of age tale in 1965 that was well written and the characters were relatable. Gus must find something the ghost is desperate to have discovered, that will lead to her past.
It was fun to step back into a time where transistor radios were new and neighborhoods were safe. Erik Synnestvedt, did a wonderful job with the narration, good voices helped to separate the characters and brought them to life.
Aaron Paul Lazar has written a beautiful story, one that will stay with me for a long time. The characters have become friends I don’t want to lose. I laughed out loud at some of their antics, held my breath in some places, and at times wiped away tears.
Twelve-year-old Gus LeGarde started that summer as a boy, but he grew beyond his years. All the characters—Tully, Elspeth, Siegfried, and the others—were well developed and grew as the story progressed. I loved them.
Lazar’s writing flows smoothly throughout; he created scenes so rich I felt I was there and shared in the experiences. Narrator Erik Synnestvedt did an excellent job, and I found it easy to distinguish the characters. Penne’s voice was enchanting—just perfect. Synnestvedt brought the story to life.
Don’t Let the Wind Catch You is a coming of age story that reveals deep understanding of the human condition. There’s tragedy, humor, compassion, and love. It touched me on so many levels that I’ll want to listen again one day.
I highly recommend this book. You won’t want to leave it.
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