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Summer of Night | [Dan Simmons]

Summer of Night

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested.
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Publisher's Summary

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood against an arcane abomination who owns the night....

©2011 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” (The Denver Post)

“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 03-19-13
    G Matt Seongnam, Korea (South) 03-19-13
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    "Nothing Special"

    This book was not compelling. The narration was good. Perhaps I was unimpressed because I had recently finished the excellent Justin Cronin books 'The Passage' and 'The Twelve'. This book seemed more like a Hardy boys adventure when compared to Cronin's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 02-19-13
    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Daniel

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    "Stephen King? Sorta"

    Another coming of age book set in the idealistic late 50's and early 60's. It's a watered down version of "It" or an expanded version of "The Body." Take your pick. Worth a credit? Yes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roadrambler USA 02-03-13
    Roadrambler USA 02-03-13 Listener Since 2000

    "Roadrambler"

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    "Not for me"
    Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or Dan John Miller?

    I would not try one based on my experience with this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Simmons again?

    Maybe but not likely


    What aspect of Dan John Miller’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was fine it was the story I could not live with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment would not be an exaggeration. I kept thinking...get on with it...and this is not logical or believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish this book. Well into it I decided my time could be better spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 12-27-12
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Very King-esque!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Summer of Night to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, so I cannot say. I will say that I prefer audio books to reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer of Night?

    There's a sad scene where one of the little ones goes down.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An excellent reader who conveys emotion and tone very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was a bit sad at the loss of some life, but overall it was a good read/listen. I wish we'd gotten a bit more after things were all said and done.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good standalone story. It was long, but pretty worthwhile. The story could have been shorter, but at one point the mystery got stalled and had to start over. Those parts of the book were harder to get through, but overall it was a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L Lansing, MI, United States 04-25-12
    Jennifer L Lansing, MI, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2012

    Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.

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    "Definitely not the Hyperian Cantos"
    Would you recommend Summer of Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. It's like when John Grisham wrote that book about living in the Midwest and didn't have a single lawyer in the cast. It's weird. Sure, it's "horror", but it's cheesy, predictable, and mild at best.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't just download this because it's Dan Simmons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Hillsboro, OR, United States 03-08-12
    Jennifer Hillsboro, OR, United States 03-08-12
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    "AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME"
    Where does Summer of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Loved this book, reminds me of Stephen King style when he wrote good stories! Definitely keeps you interested and you become invested in the characters. Delivered very well by the narrator. Will make you laugh, and keep you on the edge of your seat. My first experience with a Dan Simmons novel and will be looking for more. I'm only sorry that the story flew by.... I was enjoying the ride. FIVE STARS all the way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry EAGLE, ID, United States 11-30-12
    Terry EAGLE, ID, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2014

    I'm curious & creative and I love new ideas about life!

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    "Starts out with a bang and quickly becomes dull"
    What disappointed you about Summer of Night?

    I thought that the plot was going to be based on reality, but it is full of unbelievable superstition. The story line is slow moving and definitely not very thrilling. I was disappointed since the book was portrayed as a thriller from its description.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed and felt like I was mislead by the description of this book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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