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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction…

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she's made over the past decade of her life. Julia--whose caustic wit covers up her wounds--has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can't hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life. And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina's Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he's hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he's ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

Mary Kay Andrews' audiobook is the story of five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.

Summer Rental is one of Library Journal's Best Women's Fiction Books of 2011.

This program includes a bonus interview with the author.

©2011 Whodunnit, Inc. (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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Good book; poor listening

What did you love best about Summer Rental?

I enjoyed the author's writing style and the story itself.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I wish Kathleen McInerney would have narrated the book. I love her voice and ability to make characters come to life.

What didn’t you like about Isabel Keating’s performance?

I found her voice difficult to listen to when she spoke with a southern accent; it distracted from the story. I usually grow used to a narrater's voice and am able to still enjoy the story. Listening to her voice never grew comfortable. The voices she used for the girls sounded odd through the entire book.

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Great story about friendship

Any additional comments?

With subplots going for each character the story was multi-leveled and there was never a dull moment in Summer Rental. Even though the narrator very occasionally slipped with a bit of a Jersey type accent, she did very well with the main characters southern voices, as well as defining a different sounding voice for each person. Keating has a pleasant voice to listen to and I would gladly listen to more books read by her.

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  • Dave
  • Vestavia Hills, Alabama, United States
  • 12-09-12

Great Story About Lifelong Friendships

Would you listen to Summer Rental again? Why?

Yes - it allows you to escape and relax as if you were actually in the story.

What other book might you compare Summer Rental to and why?

Savannah Breeze - by the same author - another great MKA must read!

Have you listened to any of Isabel Keating’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes - just as good

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Surf, Sand, and Mayhem make you want to check into this Summer Rental

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  • teresa
  • FORT WAYNE, IN, United States
  • 11-30-12

This story pulls you in!

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

The twists and turns in this story are fun

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer Rental?

The end of the summer is not what you would think

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Mindless beach read

Would you try another book from Mary Kay Andrews and/or Isabel Keating?

Nope.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Kay Andrews again?

Probably not.

What three words best describe Isabel Keating’s voice?

Smooth, rich, flowing

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Summer Rental?

Pretty much all of them. It was just a mindless beach read with un-relateable characters, over-the-top but superficial plotlines, and cliches falling all over each other. It was basically preposterous in all ways.

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  • Linda
  • Fort Worth, TX, United States
  • 10-01-12

Light & Fun!

Would you listen to Summer Rental again? Why?

I like all the different characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julia was my favorite character because she doesn't hold back and goes after what she wants.

Which scene was your favorite?

Differnt have a specific one, I loved the whole book.

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

Julia - she speaks her mind and doesn't hold back.

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Great summer read!

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

This book made me happy. It brought back memories of past days at the beach and hope for more great beach memories in the future.

Any additional comments?

Fun, fun, fun.

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Great Summer Read

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

I would recommend the book because it is a great read and so easy to see ourselves in these positions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer Rental?

When the girlfriends are trying to make sense of their new housemates background.

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

the different accents of the girlfriends, it just made the conversation seem more real

Any additional comments?

This was a great beach read with just enough romance and plenty of laughs.

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  • Tforward
  • EDENTON, NC, United States
  • 08-31-12

Light OBX listen

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Enjoyed this OBX listen, mostly predictable. Being from NC and familar with OBX I identify with the areas and some of the places they mentioned in the book.-Could hear the screen doors slamming, ocean breeze off the water, with a little bit of sandy grit in every room of the house no matter how hard you clean.

If you’ve listened to books by Mary Kay Andrews before, how does this one compare?

Similar to most of her books, enjoy them when I just want a relaxing listen!

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

Her accent and voice inflections makes makes the characters real and bring more emphasis to parts of the story

Did Summer Rental inspire you to do anything?

Go to the beach for the day !

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  • Kelly
  • Niles, MI, United States
  • 08-26-12

Fun Listen

Where does Summer Rental rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Close to the top of the list.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer Rental?

Can't share it will ruin the story!

What about Isabel Keating’s performance did you like?

Isabel does a great job defining characters. I will look for her on more audible books.

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

Not extreme but both funny and touching at times.