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Summer of Fear | [Lois Duncan]

Summer of Fear

For 15-year-old Rachel Bryant, summer vacation promises to be fun. Her 17-year-old cousin Julia will be coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico to live with the Bryants, following her parents’ deaths. With two brothers, Rachel is looking forward to finally having a sister. From the moment Julia arrives, everyone is enchanted with the orphaned teenager. But Rachel finds her strangely disturbing. Soon an evil poison seems to seep into every corner of her life. Can she discover what Julia is trying to do before it’s too late?
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For 15-year-old Rachel Bryant, summer vacation promises to be fun. Her 17-year-old cousin Julia will be coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico to live with the Bryants, following her parents’ deaths. With two brothers, Rachel is looking forward to finally having a sister. From the moment Julia arrives, everyone is enchanted with the orphaned teenager. But Rachel finds her strangely disturbing. Soon an evil poison seems to seep into every corner of her life. Can she discover what Julia is trying to do before it’s too late?

Best-selling, award-winning author Lois Duncan has won high acclaim for her fast-moving thrillers for young adults - and Summer of Fear is one of her most popular novels. With her dramatic pacing, Ruth Ann Phimister’s skillful narration heightens each chilling moment of suspense. Don’t miss Lois Duncan’s other exciting title, Killing Mr. Griffin.

©1976 Lois Duncan (P)1998 Recorded Books

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-03-14
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    What made the experience of listening to Summer of Fear the most enjoyable?

    I read this book in the late 70s. I really enjoyed the story then and wanted to re-read the book. I just bought the Audible version. I started listening and was immediately turned off the voice, this was just too old to be 15 year old Rachel.

    The story was something I remembered, but not the whole story. The facts that I remembered were in the first chapter. I kept listening to the story and I enjoyed everything, even to the very end.


    What aspect of Ruth Ann Phimister’s performance would you have changed?

    Her voice sounds old and not young. I think this is a very odd choice for this story.


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    ag218 Mount Juliet, TN, United States 01-25-14
    ag218 Mount Juliet, TN, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2013

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    Would you listen to Summer of Fear again? Why?

    Yes. I remember reading it as a young girl and after all these years, it has stuck with me, so I would definitely listen to it again. The story is simple but captivating. The narrator does an excellent job with the book.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ann Phimister – was your favorite?

    Julia-- she had the Ozark, backwoods, southern-drawl down for the character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I do a lot of driving for work and would hope to get an extra 30 minutes between visits with my patients to listen to a little more.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see (if I haven't already??) the Wes Craven adaptation for TV this book was made into.

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