Gone-Away Lake

Narrated by: Colleen Delany
Series: Gone-Away Lake, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Enjoy the adventures of eleven year-old Portia, who together with her younger brother, Foster, spend a summer with their cousin, Julian, engaged in more than the usual summer pastimes of sun, fun, and games. The three intrepid children soon discover a fascinating abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp. But, best of all, they discover and befriend an elderly eccentric brother and sister who tell them the story of Gone-Away Lake.
©1957 Elizabeth Enright, copyright renewed 1985 by Nicholas W. Gillham, Oliver Gillham, and Robert Gillham II (P)2003 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A brilliance and a humor that make it seem as if it were happening right this minute." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A beautifully written, wonderfully imaginative story." (Publishers Weekly)

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Delightful, if not slightly dated, story

We listened to this as part of a monthly book club and honestly I'm not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if I'd been the one reading. Certainly there are places where the time of the book comes into play and that did spark a couple of "girls can absolutely do that" comments from me, overall the book was a quick and engaging listen.
While the storyteller often had some rather annoying sounding voices I absolutely commend her for the ability to distinguish and handle so many different characters.
The story is very simple, but sweet and both my 9 and 6 year old boys enjoyed it. Often asking me to play one more chapter. If you are looking for an easy listen story that children of multiple ages May enjoy than I recommend GONE AWAY LAKE

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Great Summer Read

My daughter and I loved this book. It was a wonderful relaxing summer adventure. We wanted to be those children!

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Well written and delightful!

This is a book that loves children! It's a charming story filled with a delightful adventure. My children loved this book. We look forward to the sequel.

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Sweet and calm <but dated>

Similar vibe to Melendys or Penderwicks but without spark! Girls mostly scream and like curtains.

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Wonderful!

The narrator was excellent, supreme use of English and a captivating storyline with very down to earth characters.

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  • 08-07-19

Wonderful family story, Excellent narrator

We enjoyed this very much and are looking forward to hearing Return to Gone Away next!

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Great for a casual reader, but not a relevant book

This book was part of our history curriculum, but I don't see how it added any value. Much like her other book "Thimble Summer", it was an easy going story. There wasn't a lot of relevant information, it didn't even seem to represent life at the time. A very dull story. I'm sorry I wasted my Audible credit on it.

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Just as wonderful as my memory of it!

This was one of my favorite books when I was young. It filled me with a sense of adventure, a desire to explore my environment and the belief that magical, wonderful things can happen at any time. As an adult I realize that this story also gave me a healthy dose of lessons in work ethic, gratitude, kindness, courage and empathy. My 5 kids and I (ages 6-11, both boys and girls) listened to this audio recording together and they related to it every bit as much as I hoped they would. Every time we climbed into the car (where 98% of our book listening happens) they immediately asked me to "turn the book on!" and they sighed with disappointment when we had no more to listen to (until I told them there is a sequel!). Colleen Delaney is an excellent narrator, able to do convincing voices for each character without taking you out of the story and an easy-going lilt that just sounds friendly. You will be swept up in the scene descriptions and fall in love with Pinder and Minnehaha, Julian and Portia and all of the other well-imagined friends. Listen to this book!!!! And then go and get a copy so you can read it to yourself and enjoy the pen and ink illustrations. Gone-Away Lake is a classic.

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family favorite

loved the book family favorite for years now
our first time listening to the audio version reading was good

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Loved it! I absolutely loved the story!

It was a lovely book and I didn't want to here the last chapter because I didn't want to end the book! I loved how you never really new what was going to happen and some parts where suspenseful. I liked how there were smaller story's in the big story! I would definitely recommend it! I listened to it when I was sick and it totally lightened my mood! Love it!

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  • 03-12-20

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I enjoyed it it was amazing and I would recommend to people who like family books.

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  • Trevell
  • 11-18-17

Adored this

My only regret is that I didn't have the luck to read this as a child. I know how much I'd have loved it. Never mind, I've read it as an old lady and brother, what fun!
It could be considered anodyne in that nothing bad happens and everyone is lovely but she does it so well that that doesn't bother me. In the future when I'm ill or down, this is the book for me. I also loved the the narration by Colleen Delany. She brought the characters to life in all their quirkiness.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-28-16

Highly recommended for all ages

An excellent story when children were able tonroam and didn't have electronic gadgets to fill up their time. Mrs Blake is a mother who doesn't have any rile other than to be a wife and mother. All the children lead an outdoors active life. Best of all ate the elderly folk living a simple life