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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon.

Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby's estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children's bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amid the store's papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown - and steps into the pages of American literature.

©2014 Sarah Jio (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Trish
  • Virginia
  • 07-13-14

Sweet Story!!

Goodnight June was a nice, light novel that I enjoyed in between some more serious books recently.

Mixed in to the story are letters (fictional) between June's aunt and Margaret Wise Brown, the author of Goodnight Moon, the beloved children's book. That gave the story an interesting twist, and the book it's title. I also liked the narrator--she does an excellent job!

Overall, I enjoyed, and recommend for a sweet, easy listen.

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Good story horrendous narrative

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend to a friend. Good story, easy reading and enjoyable subject. I enjoy Sara Jio as her writings are usually light and I can sit in my reading corner or take my daily walks and listen. Sara Jio transitions smoothly from the main characters to the letter being discovered.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the letter format of the Aunt and her friend in NY.

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

No. The voice did not match the characters in the story and it sounded as if she were reading a boring classic. The main character sounded as if she were 75 rather than 35 and the narrator totally ruined the story for me and I finally went out and bought a copy of the book.

Was Goodnight June worth the listening time?

No since I had to buy the book to complete the book. I have listened to many books and have never had to buy a book to finish it as the narrator was so out of sync with the characters and the book.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story and the author and look forward to Sara's next book but I have finally put a narrator on a list to make sure I don't get another book with her as narrator.

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pleasant but predictable

enjoyed the storyline and themes. found the plot awfully predictable. sometimes predictable is good therapy so if that is what you need, this is good option.

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A better story in print for sure!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The story seems trite and very predictable. I'm not sure the book is "meaty" enough for my book club as there is not much to discuss.

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

The story seemed to plod along, and the author took forever to reveal the secrets of the main character, June. Not much really happened in the book, and I would have moved the plot along a little faster.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded like a woman in her 70s rather than a woman in her 30s. Her voice was very matronly, and for many of the characters, it didn't even come close. I was tempted to take the book out from the library so that I won't have to listen anymore. I would not recommend the audible version of this book.

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A mix of emotions

I began the story hating the main character June. she was fairly unlikable but as the story progresses she changes. some aspects, I found a little odd or predictable. Some aspects of story made me tear up or be surprised. Sarah Jio usually delivers a great story. The narrator was way too old-sounding for most of the voices and not very much like a 30 year old. I found it bothersome. She did a pretty good job reading with proper inflection but just didn't sound like any 30-something I know.

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Enjoyable story but...

I always enjoy Sarah Jio's stories. However, I am baffled as to why this narrator was chosen. While she has a lovely, elegant voice, it did not fit the age of the main character and often other characters. I had a hard time picturing a woman in her thirties to the point that I nearly stopped listening. Had I not been familiar with Sarah Jio I would have quit for sure.

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  • Elizabeth
  • DOWNERS GROVE, IL, United States
  • 07-31-15

Trite and overacted.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Jio again?

I loved her 1st book and eagerly anticipated this one. I'm not sure what happened here, but it's nothing like her 1st book. The story was very predictable and frankly silly, whereas her 1st book was insightful.

What didn’t you like about Katherine Kellgren’s performance?

It was overly dramatic and the voices did not sound like I envisioned the characters.

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Sarah Jio does it again

I am a very big fan of Sarah Jio's books, this one was right up there with Blackberry Winter! I wasn't sure I was going to like this one when it first started just because all the pieces took a little time coming together. The ending was not disappointing!

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  • BaBo
  • HiltonHead, SC
  • 10-05-14

If you loved Goodnight Moon, you will love this

If you could sum up Goodnight June in three words, what would they be?

Touching story

What other book might you compare Goodnight June to and why?

Hard to say - it is a feel good book and interesting look at Goodnight Moon.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

Very well written

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

If you loved Goodnight Moon, you will love Goodnight June

Any additional comments?

It pulled on my heart strings!

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 07-15-14

A Great Story For Lovers of Childrens books

I have never read anything by this author and was pleasantly surprised. I liked her style and loved the setting in the Bluebird book store.I Have recommended it to my book group
as the selection for August.. I was fascinated by the friendship between the owner of the store and the famous Children's book author Margaret Wise Brown. Through letters we got to know them well.
Did not really like the voice of the narrator She sounded too old and did not do multiple voices well. I Wish she had a softer voice, she sounded too loud and raspy.
But I liked the story so I tried to get used to the voice.
Will look for another by Sarah Jio but hope to see another narrator.