Regular price: $20.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

It’s the summer of 1960 and in the small town of Elm Haven, Illinois, five twelve-year-old boys are forging the powerful bonds that a lifetime of change will not break. From sunset bike rides to shaded hiding places in the woods, the boys’ days are marked by all of the secrets and silences of an idyllic childhood. But amid the sun-drenched cornfields, their loyalty will be pitilessly tested. When a long-silent bell peals in the middle of the night, the townsfolk know it marks the end of their carefree days. From the depths of the Old Central School, a hulking fortress tinged with the mahogany scent of coffins, an invisible evil is rising. Strange and horrifying events begin to overtake everyday life, spreading terror through the once-peaceful town. Determined to exorcize this ancient plague, Mike, Duane, Dale, Harlen, and Kevin must wage a war of blood against an arcane abomination who owns the night....

©2011 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“Impressive...combines beautiful writing and suspense into a book for which Dan Simmons deserves the bestseller status of King and Koontz.” (The Denver Post)
“One can only wonder what Simmons will do next, now that he’s shown us he can do everything the best writers in horror and science fiction can do.” (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“It stands with the best of King and Straub in the traditional modern horror genre.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.1 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    605
  • 4 Stars
    466
  • 3 Stars
    274
  • 2 Stars
    59
  • 1 Stars
    39

Performance

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    664
  • 4 Stars
    430
  • 3 Stars
    172
  • 2 Stars
    30
  • 1 Stars
    24

Story

  • 4.0 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    564
  • 4 Stars
    397
  • 3 Stars
    257
  • 2 Stars
    66
  • 1 Stars
    40
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • anne
  • RICHMOND, CA, United States
  • 02-06-12

More like an after school special

First to be fair, I stopped listening half way through the first of the 3 chapter breaks so if what I didn't like somehow changed, I'd be surprised. Regardless of what was going on at any given moment of the plot, Simmons doesn't convey any sense of dread or horror even during the "scary parts". The comparisons to King's Stand By Me or IT are warranted and would have been fine had it not been such at labored attempt at recreating the same vibe as those stories. For example, MUCH too much time dwelling on the details of a baseball game and the neighborhood kids to draw out that sense of camaraderie was really painful. That's when I called it quits. Disappointed. Right now, even though I feel I've drained all my options for horror fiction, I won't be going back to finish this. If the story is good it's still a huge bore because it simply isn't scary. The narration doesn't help but it's not all his fault. There is an art to horror that I'm afraid so many modern writers don't get.

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Top 5

Easily in my top 5 of all time favorite books. Amazing read. Dan Simmons is fantastic!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

best listen ever

listened 3 times so far, will listen many more. absolutely engrossing and great for any mood

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

summer of Night is a book full of fright!

I enjoyed this book greatly. I met some of my all-time favorite characters here. I shall move on to winter haunting now.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

great read!!

Dan Simmons is my second favorite writer next to Stephen King! When it comes to her affection he does such a great job of creeping me out! With a great storyline that had me on the edge of my seat! Loved it!!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Great book! More F bombs than I care for.

Great book really pulls you in and makes you want to keep listening. There are a lot of F words. Otherwise I'd recommend it more strongly especially to younger listeners.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

scared me!

This book had my hair standing on end. The descriptions are grotesque and vivid. Great book

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Megan
  • BARNARD, VT, US
  • 09-03-17

I Tried

I read all the great reviews and was excited to start this. I got three hours in and it's just so boring. I didn't waste a credit read about boys in elementary school and how they spend the summer.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

good creepy read

I enjoyed this book, the author's description of childhood and it's terrors was well written. I only wished it didn't have the part with Michelle and Mike.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

AWESOME

one of my favorite books ever made better by the dramatic performance. if you like horror, or coming of age novels, or. novels set in a dark version of Mayberry, you will enjoy this. starts slow but it is worth it