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A Hundred Summers Audiobook

A Hundred Summers

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Publisher's Summary

Memorial Day, 1938: New York socialite Lily Dane has just returned with her family to the idyllic oceanfront community of Seaview, Rhode Island, expecting another placid summer season among the familiar traditions and friendships that sustained her after heartbreak.

That is, until Greenwalds decide to take up residence in Seaview.

Nick and Budgie Greenwald are an unwelcome specter from Lily's past: her former best friend and her former fiancee, now recently married - an event that set off a wildfire of gossip among the elite of Seaview, who have summered together for generations. Budgie's arrival to restore her family's old house puts her once more in the center of the community's social scene, and she insinuates herself back into Lily's friendship with an overpowering talent for seduction... and an alluring acquaintance from their college days, Yankees pitcher Graham Pendleton. But the ties that bind Lily to Nick are too strong and intricate to ignore, and the two are drawn back into long-buried dreams, despite their uneasy secrets and many emotional obligations.

Under the scorching summer sun, the unexpected truth of Budgie and Nick's marriage bubbles to the surface, and as a cataclysmic hurricane barrels unseen up the Atlantic and into New England, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional cyclone of their own, which will change their worlds forever.

©2013 Beatriz Williams (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    Hope 06-19-16
    Hope 06-19-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Histrionic story by an author who can do better"
    What did you like best about A Hundred Summers? What did you like least?

    Beatriz Williams is a competent writer; she could use a really good editor or a good writer's group to cut out the unnecessary melodrama. This book has a decent plot (with some too stupid to live moments, unfortunately) but it is self-indulgent and has a lot of scenes and descriptions which are excessive to the story. I did like some of the characters, although there were an enormous number of secrets kept unnecessarily.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Beatriz Williams? Why or why not?

    Yes, she can write well.


    What didn’t you like about Kathleen McInerney’s performance?

    Incredibly over-acted, histrionic performance. She has a good voice and reads well and rarely mispronounces words. It isn't clear whether the way she read this book was her choice or due to a director/producer. The book is already melodramatic; it doesn't have to be read so very over the top dramatically, from the very first sentence. In a movie, this level of over-emoting would be obviously ridiculous; I find it amazing that narrators read books in this manner.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, it's pretty shallow, I don't think it would be worth the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book sped up, I couldn't have finished it otherwise. I enjoyed the first third of the book, but by the end I felt that I had wasted my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MS 09-08-14
    MS 09-08-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Wonderful!"

    Awesome book! Picked it partially because of the narration, she was super good! I liked the time period of the book and the real life story about Nick and Lily. It held my interest and it was over to fast. Will listen again and highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14
    Amazon Customer Anson, TX, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Charming Story"
    What made the experience of listening to A Hundred Summers the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the novel, and the narration was very complementary rather than distracting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story isn't predictable, and I found myself interested in the characters' story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kalan GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 09-25-13
    Kalan GEORGETOWN, TX, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Keeps you Guessing"
    What made the experience of listening to A Hundred Summers the most enjoyable?

    The story bounces between 1931 and 1938, and a lot has happened in those years. I found myself guessing and making conclusions all along the way. It was unexpected and intriguing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie P 08-18-17
    Marie P 08-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I really enjoyed this book but.."

    I loved this book, and I'm so happy that it came highly recommended to me from NPR. However, I almost didn't make it through because the first hour or two was incredibly droll. I knew it would be worth it so I kept pushing through.
    Then, I couldn't put it down. Audiobooks are usually a only-when-driving listen for me, but I found myself listening while cooking, working, and before falling asleep. It was a beautiful escape and took me back to a time of obsessive love, girlfriend cattiness, pure intentions, and blissful passion.

    I would rank the narrator as my current favorite on Audible. Her range with the voices is very good, and I appreciate the pep and cadence.

    I only gave a lower overall rating because of how tough the beginning was to get through.

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    Amazon Customer 08-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Spectacular"

    There isn't a doubt in my mind to how much I enjoyed this book. The characters, the romance and the secrets were enticing leaving you to want more. I strongly recommend this book!

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    Kiran Austin, TX 08-03-17
    Kiran Austin, TX 08-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining "brain candy""
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    Cheesy, but perfect for long drives - well narrated and a plot that is interesting enough to be absorbing but not too terribly thought-provoking. I enjoyed the various voices of the characters provided by the narrator. I really enjoyed listening to this story, but would likely have not read it as a novel.

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    David F Draley 03-14-17
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    "Contrived but sweet"

    Typical love story.. very contrived but sweet. Made my commute pass by easily. Ready for a thriller next though.

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    Debra McKellar 05-22-16
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    "Loved this!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    In addition to the characters, I enjoyed the geographic and period setting. I felt I could see the homes and the landscape.


    What about Kathleen McInerney’s performance did you like?

    She didn't dramatically overdo her efforts to differentiate the characters, but still did this effectively.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the way the author moved back and forth between time periods.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to reading Beatrix Williams' other books.

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    Nina 05-16-16
    Nina 05-16-16
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    "well balanced read."

    love, drama, life and death. it is all in this well written book. I usually don't take the time to write feedback although this book deserved the effort.
    thank you for the great book.

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