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Publisher's Summary

The son of Maya Angelou, Guy Johnson is a critically acclaimed author and poet in his own right. Echoes of a Distant Summer is the story of Jackson St. Clair Tremain, a San Francisco civil servant who thought he had left his old life far behind. In 1982, Jackson is summoned to Mexico to confer with his dying grandfather, the brutal hustler King Tremain. When King dies, Jackson inherits $50 million - and the unwanted attentions of a malevolent bayou crime lord named Pug DuMont.
©2002 Guy Johnson; (P)2004 Recorded Books,LLC

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Echoes of a Distant Summer

Marvelos, absolutely marvelous. It's a gripping soulful captivating sequel to his previous book, Standing at the Scratchline. I would highly recommend reading that book first. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to the next part... He writes so well. The detail he gives to the characters as well as the events is all consuming. Read it. It's good. (But I still recommend reading Standing at the Scratchline first.) Congratulations Mr. Johnson. Well done.
Wilhelmina

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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"You Best Say Joe Cause You Sho' Don't Know!"

Standing at the Scratch Line (25.5 hours)
Echoes of a Distant Summer (32.5 hours)

I listened to these two novels back to back ... 58 hours. To write a review for each is difficult as my brain holds them as one whole. So I'm writing one review that I will post for them both.

The plot is well written and the author spent time on character development which allowed the listener to fully understand the actions the characters choose to take as the story unfolded.

This is an enjoyable story, a generational family saga as described by the Publisher's Summary, stretching from the early 190o's into the1980's. If you are looking for a good adventure that gives insight into some aspects of Black lives during the "jim crow" era, these two novels could be for you, but they should be read in order.. Otherwise the second will leave you with less understanding. If you read the first one, I guarantee you will want to read the second.

The second story picks up where the first story leaves off. This saga is about revenge, envy, greed, jealousy and many other negative descriptives. It is a thought provoking saga and it challenges the listener to "suspend disbelief" to a good degree. It challenges you to believe that lots of money (bootleg alcohol days) and help from a few (one or two) white folks led to the development of the main character, King Leroi Tremayne, as a man not to be messed with and subsequently his grandson who learns from grandfather... which, as the story is told, is plausible and believable.

The story was incredibly suspenseful and you could never guess what will happen next or where the story would lead next.

Dion Graham is an excellent narrator... He brought life into each character. I will listen to him again.

Highly Recommend....

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

Loved it! Action packed, exciting and very well
written. If you can, read "Standing at the Scratch Line" first. I hope to read more from this author!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Slow Start

overall good read once the story starts moving along its a great read. Suspensful, thrilling, tear jerker. truly enjoyable. perfect end to the sequel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Worth the time

What did you love best about Echoes of a Distant Summer?

The story of the Trumain family was captivating.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Echoes of a Distant Summer?

The story was filled with memorable moments from each decade of the story.

What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

The narrator was able to keep a very long story with many low parts interesting.

If you could take any character from Echoes of a Distant Summer out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Serena out to dinner to ask why she couldn't find the strength to change course and right the wrongs she'd done sooner.

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  • Karen F
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 12-10-15

Not as good as the first book.

It was a little difficult to get into after the dynamism and charisma of King Tremain. It seemed like the first few chapters were entirely made up of bloody gang killings, one after the other. But gradually the characters were revealed until the reader felt we were all part of the same family

But then, in the last 1/4 to 1/3 of the book, it became sappy and downright sloppy. In the not-quite-over battle, the hapless heroine literally runs into the hero' arms, snuggles her head into the crook of his neck while he lovingly holds her in the one arm that isn't holding a military style weapon that's still pointed-toward their mutual enemy who is mere yards away.

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  • Anna
  • East Palo Alto, CA, United States
  • 05-11-13

I Won't Say Joe, 'Cause Now I Know!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! Especially after reading the first book, Standing at the Scratch Line. Guy Johnson sure does know how to put together a story. Well written plot and spending much time on character development allows the reader to truly understand the actions the characters choose to take. Well done Mr. Johnson, Well done!

What other book might you compare Echoes of a Distant Summer to and why?

None. (Except for the first book Standing at the Scratch Line).

What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

One of my favorite narrators, he has yet to prove me wrong, I love his pace, delivery, and how he draws you into the story.

If you could rename Echoes of a Distant Summer, what would you call it?

I would not. It fits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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This Book was outstanding.

Where does Echoes of a Distant Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best book out of the 23 that I've listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

King of course.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know about the scene but my favorite phrase was "Better say Joe cause you show don't know"

Who was the most memorable character of Echoes of a Distant Summer and why?

King's wife Serena

Any additional comments?

He should write a book 3

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • PETE
  • Harvey, IL. USA
  • 12-04-17

Wonderful

This is almost the BEST book I have
ever listened to all around. I always
recommend it.

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Great

Ties up all loose ends. Great story of strength!!
I wish there was another one to read.