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Firefly Lane Audiobook

Firefly Lane: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend.

Tully Hart seems to have it all: beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface, they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn; Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become 'TullyandKate' -- inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And, ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you - and knows what has the power to hurt you...and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget...one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.

©2008 Kristin Hannah; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Susan Ericksen gives an outstanding performance of the thirty-year friendship between Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart." (AudioFile)

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    Jan Alpharetta, GA, United States 10-23-17
    Jan Alpharetta, GA, United States 10-23-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Kristin Hannah rocks! Love her books. "

    Wonderful book, great characters and good story. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen.

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    SG 10-11-17
    SG 10-11-17
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    "One of the worst books I've read in a long time"

    I had high hopes for this books based on how much I enjoyed "The Nightingale" but was badly disappointed. Trite, tedious, cliched, repetitious, and too long. My assessment is very much in agreement with the other one star reviews so I won't repeat them here except to say what an enormous waste of time this was.

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    SLM 10-03-17
    SLM 10-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Totally True Friendships of Women"

    Love it, genuine, sincere, raw, emotionally ... and hand me laughing crying, even adding my 2 cents!!!

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    Patricia H. 09-19-17
    Patricia H. 09-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A story about the endurance of love, friendship and loyalty"

    Great story about the depth of relationships: spouse, child and friend. In a world of mean spirited soap operas - it is refreshing to have role models that work thru issues to strengthen relationships rather than tear them apart. It is an extremely well written emotional journey I loved it.

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    Jean 09-01-17
    Jean 09-01-17
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    "a story of true friendship and love"

    Such mixed feelings. The language is awful! However, I loved the story of true friendship and love.

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    "Amazing"

    One of the best books I've ever listened too. I listened on my walks, had to sit down when it ended to stop the tears. Amazing amazing read

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    Brad Demotte, IN, US 08-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "such a relatable story"

    many people don't get to experience such deep friendships. This story can relate to actual life in so many ways. I loved the flow and the reality. The narrations were fantastic! I highly recommend.

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    "wonderful story"

    I loved the story but was sad about how it turned out. Great message for women with busy lives.

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    LJ 07-21-17
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    "Awesome, heart-wrenching book!"

    This was recommended to me and I loved it. It's emotional, so be prepared for that. Well worth the time though.

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    Leslie Smyrna, SC, United States 07-21-17
    Leslie Smyrna, SC, United States 07-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "absolutely loved this work"
    Where does Firefly Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    this book ranks very highly amoung all the audiobooks I've listened to the narration was spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the characters were spot on. I could relate to Tully in her choices and understood Kate.


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

    her inflections and reading with empathy


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried at the end but that was also due to it was the second anniversary of my eldest nieces death due to AML and it hit home. She was a wonderful person and mother one that I could see the strengths of Kate in


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    8/6/08
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    "Anyone for seriously good cake?"

    If you're about to read this book, get ready for one of the most sentimental, girly (and long) reads of your life! Get ready to plunge into a hot-tub of Americanness, and find a long, cool glass of all that's best about being a woman right at your elbow.

    Actually, if I had to liken this book to just one thing, it would have to be a slice of extremely good chocolate fudge cake.

    This has to be one of the sweetest, schmolziest books I?ve read in a long time, but it is totally morish, and I could no more have not finished it than I could leave a half-eaten slice of said cake (and I am a huge chocolate cake fan!). But don?t misinterpret me here - this book is in no way frothy or insubstantial. It might have all the irresistable gooey topping of the best chick lit, but it's rich and sumptuous too, with a whole lot of 'woman-complexity' hidden in it, not to mention the nourishing substance of a really good story.

    As an avid consumer of audio books, I'd also have to credit the remarkable Susan Ericksen for her quality hot-fudge-sauce of a narration. She is a superb reader anyway, but she surpassed herself in this one, by managing to sustain two distinct 'voices' for the two main protagonists all the way through the book ... no clumsy accent or pitch differentiations, just a subtle difference in tone and intensity which kept you absolutely clear who was who all the way through.

    I have rarely cried so much in one book (here the fudge cake analogy begins to fail a little!), and I have been obliged, as I so often am by sentimental
    American novels, to reaffirm what really matters in my life. Now you can?t ask more than that from a decent piece of fudge cake, can you!

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