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Summer Secrets Audiobook

Summer Secrets: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

When a shocking family secret is revealed, 20-something journalist Cat Coombs finds herself falling into a dark spiral. Wild, glamorous nights out in London and raging hangovers the next day become her norm, leading to a terrible mistake one night while visiting family in America, on the island of Nantucket. It's a mistake for which she can't forgive herself. When she returns home, she confronts the unavoidable reality of her life and knows it's time to grow up. But she doesn't know if she'll ever be able to earn the forgiveness of the people she hurt.

As the years pass, Cat grows into her 40s, a struggling single mother coping with a newfound sobriety and determined to finally make amends. Traveling back to her past, to the family she left behind on Nantucket all those years ago, she may be able to earn their forgiveness, but in doing so she may risk losing the very people she loves the most.

Told with Jane Green's keen eye for detailing the emotional landscape of the heart, Summer Secrets is at once a compelling drama and a beautifully rendered portrait of relationships, betrayals, and forgiveness, about accepting the things we cannot change, finding the courage to change the things we can, and being strong enough to weather the storms.

©2015 Jane Green (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Gripping and powerful." (Emily Giffin)

"The quintessential beach novel, complete with juicy drama and characters you fall madly in love with. You will devour it!" (Elin Hilderbrand)

"Warm, witty, sharp and insightful. Jane Green writes with such honesty and zing." (Sophie Kinsella)

"The perfect summer read.... You'll be hooked." (Kristin Hannah)

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    Elaine Richards Fort Worth, Texas, US 07-02-15
    Elaine Richards Fort Worth, Texas, US 07-02-15
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    "This book almost drove me to drink."

    My heart goes out to anyone who struggles with an addiction especially alcohol, drugs, promiscuity or anything that truly can kill you and/or ruin your life. Although an interesting story which could have been Jane Green's most brilliant, her main character Cat is selfish, self-centered, narcissistic and focuses on her own needs her entire life. Cat and those who love her think drinking is her problem which that is certainly part of it. But aside from apologizing to everyone she knows and cooking one
    Luscious meal to entice her ex- husband back to her, that is the extent of her doing for others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Heyboer 07-30-15 Listener Since 2007
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    "narration awful"

    Love Jane Green the author. Jane Green the narrator, not so much. Love all her books. Will get from library, can't get past the first hour and a half.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Mayers 07-07-15
    Beth Mayers 07-07-15
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    "Narration painfully slow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed listening to this book commuting and on the beach. It was light and entertaining even though it is about an alcoholic.


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

    The story would have been better if the main character could have explored her relationship with her father and her father and sisters' relationship to alcohol more.


    What didn’t you like about Jane Green’s performance?

    The narration was painfully slow. So painful, I had to put the speed to 1.25 and then it sounded normal. I thought it sounded like she was literally on opiates herself at the 100% speed. I almost thought there was a technical problem.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    Good beach read, if you like Jane Green novels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LAV Sumner 07-07-15
    LAV Sumner 07-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Narration unbearable. Needs a professional!"
    What disappointed you about Summer Secrets?

    The authors sloooow monotone made it hard to listen. Variation in tone, giving each character a personality by giving them a unique voice, deepening tone for males etc.. are all things a professional can provide that the author unfortunately did not. And those gasps mid sentence ugh.
    The storyline was ok (not her best- I've read them all) but the narration really detracted from the whole experience. There was another book performed by her about which I felt the same. She should stick to writing.
    I wish I'd taken another reviewers advice and increased the speed.


    How could the performance have been better?

    See above.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    CHRISTINE 07-01-15
    CHRISTINE 07-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Did not even finish :("
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book is for people in recovery...the focus was VERY AA and alcohol driven...not what I expected.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Definitely a romance, or lighthearted comedy :)


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I realize she is the author...perhaps she should have a professional read? While she has a great voice and accent...maybe someone with more range?? Just a thought.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment..shame on me, I should have read reviews, and it's been so long since I have ordered an audible (one month) I neglected to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I had that credit back.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JG IL 07-17-17
    JG IL 07-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow narration, intriguing story, not always easy to listen"

    I will echo the comments of others: the narration was painfully slow. I changed the speed to 1.25x, which made it enjoyable.

    The story is heavily accented with AA slogans and concepts. The main character is terribly selfish and sometimes very hard to care about. But then, she is an active alcoholic, with only herself and her drinking as priorities. I'm glad we saw some growth in her, or else it would have been even more depressing than it already was.

    I'm not sure I'd recommend this book as light reading, but it is very "real" feeling for someone who has been in AA or even Al-Anon. Sometimes we need to hear a story of someone improving their lives when it doesn't seem possible... for that reason this story could provide hope for someone in a similar situation.

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    Amazon Customer Ron 06-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    Predictable story. Pleasant to read but no surprises.
    Jane Green should stay with writing , her delivery of the story was slow and tedious to listen to.

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    Susan Baus New York City 10-07-16
    Susan Baus New York City 10-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    I believe in 12 step for addiction recovery but it's not what I want to listen to for entertainment

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    Brittany Griganavicius 04-07-16
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    "loved it!"

    Great summer story! I really enjoyed the characters and felt like I knew them by the end of the book.

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    Amazon Customer Massachusettes 02-14-16
    Amazon Customer Massachusettes 02-14-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Jane Green is awesome but not as a narrator"

    Another great novel from Jane Green. As a Londoner living in New England her books always Strike a cord with me. lots of laughs and sometimes tears. Please stop narrating your own books Ms Green a professional actor could really take the audible version of your novels to a whole new level.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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