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When paramedics find a malnourished 6-year-old boy near a burning car that holds a dead woman, they wonder who he is - and why he won't talk. Seth, a small-town journalist who was raised by foster parents, is assigned to cover the story and investigate the boy's identity. But will his search unearth long-buried emotions - and answers to his own history?
©2007 Charles Martin; (P)2008 Oasis Audio

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This book is written in the "I", a man, so at first I had a little trouble getting it. But, it didn't take long until I was very interested in the story as well as attached to the characters. The story has such depth and is loaded with true meanings of life. Tears and laughter at times, I truly love 'Uncle Willie'. This story will stay with me and I would even listen to it again. Thanks Mr. Martin and I sure look forward to your other books. I would like an audio to be made of the book "When Crickets Cry" because it was recommended to me by a friend as the "best book she had ever read" - she is an 84-year-old avid reader. /debR

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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I've read twice in a week - a first

Can I just say this book is amazing. About a chapter into it, there is a "historical, background building" section that made me think the ratings were off and I had picked a loser. I listened much closer the second time through... realizing then how important this information would become. The characters are people I want to have in my life - Uncle Willie, oh my goodness his little one liners just cut right to the truth, his resilience and understanding of grief allows him to help others process. The story weaves four life stories, two parallel stories of abandoned children separated in time by a decade... cross woven with the story of Uncle Willie and his niece both emotionally injured by the same man. This cross weaving of stories does take a little concentration to follow... but it is beautifully done. Clean, positive, uplifting, but not preachy.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 05-18-13

Humility, Knowing Where Your Treasure Is

This is the first audio book that I have listened to twice. The narration is great, the story is better. I don't know another tale that quite "strips" all the layers of one's soul down to the core, the way this one does. And really when it comes right down to it, our character and those we hold most dear, are all we truly have on this earth. But few ever come to realize this truth. Abandoned, neglected, and abused children find trust, acceptance and love in this amazing story . . . don't miss it . . . it is a clear picture of all that is WRONG in our world, unvarnished . . . and a little tiny window into just a few things that are still right.

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What a happy mistake!

Awhile ago, I decided to spent a few Audible credits, and knew for sure one of the books I wanted to buy -- I couldn't quite remember the title, but it had something to do with fireflies, and was written by P. T. Deutermann, who's thrillers I've loved. So -- I found the book, bought it, downloaded it, and then a few days ago clicked on it to listen.

It started out a little odd, but as the minutes ticked away, the whole thing seemed a little strange -- this wasn't anything at all like Deutermann's previous books -- I was enjoying it, but this was very different from what I'd been expecting. Only then did I check to see who the author was -- had I made a mistake? Indeed I had: this wasn't Deutermann's "The Firefly", this was "Chasing Fireflies" by an author I'd never heard of.

Well? Good mistake! By that time I was hooked.

"Chasing Fireflies" is a thoroughly enjoyable book, one I probably never would have set out to buy but which I enjoyed enormously. Wow, these southerners can tell stories! From Faulkner to Flannery O'Connor to Pat Conroy to Grisham to those southern writers who weren't quite as prolific -- Margaret Mitchell, Harper Lee, Katheryn Stockett, John Berendt, on and on, The one thing they all have in common is consummate storytelling. These are not, for the most part, white-knuckle books, where danger, tension or fearsome acts of derring-do reign supreme. These are books about life, about the strange and wonderful world in which amazing things happen to regular, ordinary people -- or so these authors would have us believe. Listening to Charles Martin's tale of two "lost" boys, I couldn't help but marvel at how little was happening -- and how much I couldn't bear for the book to end. There are momentous moments -- of course. But played down to the point that they become the stuff of every day -- which makes them all the more interesting.

I really loved this book. Narrator Andrew Peterson -- apparently not the same man as the author of the Nathan McBride books, which are also very good -- is perfect for the voice of the young journalist who tells the story. Parts of the book are very sad, other parts very funny, but nowhere does Martin veer away from just recounting the story as it happened. Nowhere does he feel the need to prove his writerly abilities, of which he appears to be abundantly blessed. "Chasing Fireflies" comes across as a simple tale, which has to be one of the very hardest things for a writer to do -- and one in which southern writers, in particular, seem to excel.

I highly recommend "Chasing Fireflies" -- as for me, my next purchase of a Charles Martin book won't be by mistake. I'll be seeking them out.


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  • Sue
  • Flower Mound, TX, United States
  • 06-03-09


Wonderful tale. Real characters with a poignant story line. Thank you.

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Worth listening to more than once....

This is by far some of the best adult fiction I have read in a long time. The story is captivating and I couldn't stop listening. Not often do you find a work of fiction that resonates with deep truth. Charles Martin manages to remind and teach us while telling a poignant tale of love and family. I will be on the lookout for more from this author.

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  • Marie
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 02-28-13

A slice out of life, meaningful, touching and true

Where does Chasing Fireflies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best I have read in a long long time. The writing is superb. The story draws you in. You feel for all the characters. What a gem!

What did you like best about this story?

Don't want to spoil but I loved the little boy and his fast pencil

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

Excellent narration with the correct emotions and nuances. Job well done.

If you could take any character from Chasing Fireflies out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Unc's wife. Would have loved to hear a bit more from her

Any additional comments?

This book will grab you and you will walk away with a deeper insight. Well worth a credit.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jane
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 03-17-11

Chasing Fireflies

Charles Martin's understanding of the adopted/abandoned child is profound. What your head knows has nothing to do with what your heart feels. This is a book written from the heart - to the heart and is appropriate for all ages.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Wanted to re-read

I just purchased the audiobook. I read this novel a couple years ago and was riveted. Probably the best "Christian fiction" I've ever read. Unique characters, wonderful writing, gripping storyline. I wanted to re-read it but just haven't found the time. This audio version will make a 2,200 mile trip at least 800 or so miles shorter.

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  • Lajuan
  • Idabel, OK, United States
  • 12-30-08


Please buy this book. This man is a wonderful writer and the narrator is perfect. It grabs you from the beginning and you can't let go. It is wonderful. I truly enjoyed this book. Please write more!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful