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The Summer Boy Audiobook

The Summer Boy

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Precocious Benjamin is sent by his dysfunctional suburban parents to spend a summer with his eccentric aunt and her unconventional clan in a remote Appalachian cove. Near his sojourn's end, the boy wanders alone through the mountains to the Laurel, a land apart from his world and out of time. Along the way, he meets strange and powerful creatures, wise and fierce women and formidable men who help or hinder him on his journey.

Mad Davey, the Keeper of the Wood, gives the boy shelter and the love that eluded him in his own world. Lizzie, the Herb Woman reveals to him his true name, and shows him the way to his future. The reclusive monk known as Owl draws hidden strands of power that bind all in Laurel and pull the boy inexorably toward his destiny. Through it all a dark and mysterious Rider pursues the boy. Neither knows their eventual confrontation will bring resolution and deliverance to them both.

©2013 Henry Mitchell (P)2016 Henry Mitchell

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    josie Asheville, North Carolina 06-22-16
    josie Asheville, North Carolina 06-22-16 Member Since 2008

    Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear

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    "Beautiful listening"

    The writing of this book is quite good. I often get discouraged when symbolism carries the plot but this was well done. It is mythical in character and haunting in its tone. I have such strong clear pictures of what the characters look like and their mannerisms. It's not a book for everyone but it appealed to my English major side once I got over the flashbacks of trying to understand each symbolic act and word. I think I was traumatized by that in college. Once I just sat back and enjoyed it for what it is the book came alive. The narration was great. Might take a while to get used to the slow cadence but it was perfect for this book.
    I think this is a book for teens through adults and beyond.
    I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 07-12-16
    Lori 07-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my cup of Tea"
    Any additional comments?

    While I finally finished this book, I could not get into this story. I started and stopped it several times. Most of the reason was the writing style, the other part is the narration. The narration is so calming I found I could only listen for short periods.

    The story of Ben a young man who is basically invisible to his parents. His refuge is his Aunt Mary and her family where he gets to spend summers. This is Ben's coming of age journey to discover who he is and that he is a worthy person. It's very hard to determine what is real and what is a dream/fantasy. Not afraid to say there were times I had absolutely no idea what I had just listened to.

    This story was just not my cup of tea.

    While Wayne Paige has a very pleasant voice this particular narration is very soft, calming and soothing almost like he's just on the verge of whispering. There was not much difference in any of the character voices. He has a nice singing voice. I listened to some samples of his other narrations and they are in a more "normal" tone of voice. It actually sounds like he has very nice deep voice on other audio's. I would listen to him narrate other audiobook's in a normal tone.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JJLarson 07-02-16
    JJLarson 07-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable Fairytale"

    The Summer Boy captivated me. I fell in love with Ben, also known by other names throughout this story. When at home with his parents, he is basically invisible. Luckily his aunt understands what he needs. I enjoyed this story immensely. Every moment kept me thinking and daydreaming about what would happen next. This one will be a reread for me.
    Wayne Paige has a beautiful, storytelling voice. His narration was superb.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra United States 09-13-16
    Deedra United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2015

    I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol

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    This book was SUCH a pleasure to listen to! Wayne Page has such a soft yet commanding voice.I LOVED it! A boy is sent to his Aunts house for the summer.He wanders the woods and has a delightful journey meeting people of every kind.I was given this book free for an honest review

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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 08-07-16
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 08-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Beautifully written book about young boy's journey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Summer Boy is a classic coming-of-age folk story about Ben who is "sent" by his parents to live with a relative over the summer. Along the way he meets a mysterious woman, encounters many dangerous opportunities in the Appalachian Forest, and arises a wise, strong man. The story is filled with the beauty of Appalachia.


    What other book might you compare The Summer Boy to and why?

    There isn't any other book I can compare to!


    What does Wayne Paige bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the narrator. His voice was rich and accented well.


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

    I finished this book with a warm feeling in my heart and a desire to see the appalachian mountains.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for a review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Klipstine 07-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well crafted, but probably not for everyone"
    What did you like best about The Summer Boy? What did you like least?

    The author makes characters and situations come alive. He seems to be a master painter with words as he creates this peaceful countryside escape. The story is full of symbolism and could probably be considered an allegory. Some of his associations I picked up on and enjoyed. Other times I didn't or couldn't stay focused enough to put all of the pieces together.


    What does Wayne Paige bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narrator did a very good job. His relaxed and soft-spoken style seem a perfect fit for this particular story.


    Was The Summer Boy worth the listening time?

    This will be a wonderful story for some people. The word pictures are great. The symbolism will be great fun for some. Just now exactly my style.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zoe 06-17-16
    zoe 06-17-16
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    "The summer boy"
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    kThis audiobook is about a young boy who doesn't fit into his suburban household. There is an element of fantasy here that leaves you constantly wondering if it is real or a dream. The characters are fairly complex and the story is a fresh take on this genre. I think that this would be a good book for teens or young adults.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shoe girl 06-13-16
    shoe girl 06-13-16 Member Since 2016

    I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!

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    "a little slow at first, but worth it"


    this writer has a different writing style. it took me a bit to get use to it, but its kind of refreshing.
    The story started off kind of slow, but it des start to pick up if you give it time. I put it on, started to clean my house, and before i knew it, i was into the story. It grabs you, and it takes hold. before you know it, danger looms.
    this is such a well written great story. and it is very well detailed.
    the narrater does a great job reading this story!


    I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast or Audio Boom..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angelbis 06-13-16
    Angelbis 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting coming of age story"
    If you could sum up The Summer Boy in three words, what would they be?

    coming of age fantasy (of doesn't count as a word!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drum. He was the main character but also he was a kind person with a good heart.


    Which character – as performed by Wayne Paige – was your favorite?

    Drum


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Is it a dream?


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but after I listened for a while I really liked it. It is an entertaining read and the characters are brought to life in the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 07-20-16
    Ashanti Calumet Park, IL, United States 07-20-16 Member Since 2011
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    "It Took Real Work To Get Through This Book"

    “The Summer Boy” is about a young man named Benjamin who goes to spend a summer with eccentric relatives in a remote cove and somehow wanders out of our world and into a land that is literally not part of our reality. As one who loves to read/ listen to fantasy stories, this sounded like a great premise for a story that I would want to read/listen to. Unfortunately, this book is not for everyone. I found this out the hard way very early on. The writing in “The Summer Boy” is well crafted and descriptively wonderful. You can see everything in your minds eye with high definition clarity. The problem for me is that the author chose to describe everything in high def, whether it forwarded the story or not. I truly believe a good editor could have made this book half as long and twice as good. As it is, I learned in detail about the flowers on the side of the road Benjamin passes even though it has nothing to do with the story. I learned how many matches Benjamin had left every time he made a camp fire as if that might be important later. It wasn’t. Now add a thousand other things like that into this book and to me, you just have an author showing off how well he can turn a phrase with no regard to his over all story or his readers.

    Add to all that Wayne Paige’s narrative style. He speaks in a monotone just a hair above a whisper for the entire seven and a half hours. I don’t know if that’s Mr Paige’s normal narration voice or if that was a choice he made for narrating this book. All I can say is that it is so pleasant and calming that you want to fall asleep. Also, “The Summer Boy” has a ton of characters in it, yet Mr. Paige makes no effort to distinguish them with different voices, or cadences or speech patterns. To me everybody sounds exactly the same.

    It took me several attempts to get through “The Summer Boy” and by the end I didn’t really care about Benjamin or anything that happened in the book. I am truly sorry to say that the only reason I finished this book at all was that it was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Blast. If not for that commitment, I wouldn’t have bothered.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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