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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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Great Story!

Great characters & story line. I so enjoyed the detail. Surprises continued to the end!

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Heartwarming and engrossing yet frustrating

A murder mystery, with strong characterization of central characters. The author writes around varied themes: Overcoming anger, long-term ostracism, parental love, second chances, redemption, faith, child abuse, the foster care system, and the ravages of HIV and hepatitis.

Set in Brunswick, Georgia, near the Atlantic coast and in the Buffalo Swamp marshlands. Takes place in current time and in the past. Told in first person POV, by Chase, a journalist.

This story is heartwarming. The portrayal of Uncle Willy's devoted fatherly love for little lost orphan boys -- and girls -- is beautiful. I loved seeing joy come to the little mute boy, so badly abused. However, his trust came too soon, I felt. After so much abuse at the hands of a man, he'd be slow to hold another's hand.

There are several references to the Bible, but the characters didn't feel preachy at all.

I liked the car, a snorkeling Land Cruiser named Vicky. I liked the funeral scene. Enjoyed the midnight hunt through the streets of Atlanta. Interesting resolution to the stolen diamond necklace.

But the story is also frustrating. Some plot holes. Some long info-dumps about the history of St Simons island and Sea Island. There's an info-dump on how terribly painful it is to die of aids.

As for the villain, this plot has a very disappointing resolution.

Also, I sometimes couldn't tell whether the author was describing a past or present scene. The story kept hopping around in time. This time-hopping drew me out of the characters, away from the story. It reduced the emotional impact.

Narration: Anderson portrayed the character voices quite well. He's not in the same league as Simon Vance, but slightly better than average, except for some poorly placed pauses and a few mispronounced words. Dulcinea, the whore esteemed by Don Quixote, for example. Easy enough to find out how to say it. Listen to the soundtrack or watch the movie, Man from La Mancha. The title was stated in the story.

Another book about an abused child who finds joy and love is ** The Good Dream ** set in about 1960 Appalachia. Loved that story, with only a few quibbles. Loved the narration, too. It's here on Audible

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Everyone needs an Uncle Willie in their life!

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

This book is now in my top ten of all time favorites! This should be required reading.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uncle Willie, Of course. The Willie-isms : )

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

You would totally miss the realistic south Georgia accent. Great job with that even if he mispronounced 'muscadine' and 'Sapelo'.

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I was amazed at how easily this story unfolded, but was held captive by so much of the accurate description of the marshland. I fell in love with the coastal islands of Georgia about the same time as this book was being written, and hope to retire there soon.

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Martin teaches again!

Would you listen to Chasing Fireflies again? Why?

Charles Martin weaves intricate stories with life lessons in them. I am amazed at the quality of the storyline as well as the maturity of the subject matter.

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I highly recommend this book for your listening enjoyment!!

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  • Miriam
  • Venice, Fl, United States
  • 04-18-14

Wonderful

What made the experience of listening to Chasing Fireflies the most enjoyable?

Martin is a writer like non other. I love his audiobooks

What other book might you compare Chasing Fireflies to and why?

I would compare this book to everything else he as written and I love them all. He has a sight to life that is so fulfilling and like no other author.

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

He makes this story come alive and you are just gathered into the book. You can't put it down

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

I would take them all, It is that good.

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Make ! It is worth every penny spent, life will never be the same again after listening to it.

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  • G. Minott
  • Cardiff by the Sea, CA United States
  • 03-18-14

A Story That Stays With You

This is an intriguing story with firm values attached. A year has passed since I read it, but I have reflected upon the characters many times since then. I don't recommend to books clubs a lot of the books I read, but I recommend this one, It even has discussion questions in the back.

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Another 'feel good' book by Charles Martin

What did you love best about Chasing Fireflies?

The sensitive way the author handled the subjects of adoption and fatal disease..

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uncle Willie, with the wide-open mind and heart.

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

Peterson narrates a bit too fast at the beginning, but once he slows down, his narration of all characters, was excellent.

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Martin's books takes me away from the disappointments of life....even though a bit unrealistic sometimes, they still spring hope eternal in human nature....and where would we be without that.

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  • Sharron
  • Robinvale, Australia
  • 04-02-13

A Feel Good Read

I really enjoyed this book. Uncle Willie is a hero. Great insight into abandoned boys. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Susan
  • San Dimas, CA, United States
  • 03-17-13

A Fairly Good Chase

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Chasing Fireflies was a bargain book I took a chance on, and I'm glad I did. While the book may not rank in my top ten books, I found it to be an enjoyable listen. The beginning was a bit slow, and perhaps even confusing, but soon everything made sense. It was one of those times where actually having the book to refer back to would have helped.<br/> I liked how the author brought to light the difficulties of older children in foster care, as well as all the red tape etc involved. The narrator did a good job as well. Overall the story was a sweet one, and I would try another of the author's books.

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Very important story

A good story, well developed and told. It held my attention throughout. Narrator was right for the job - except that he didn't/couldn't differentiate female/male voices and it sometimes made the flow confusing. But I did enjoy this heartbreaking but ultimately redeeming story.