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Summer of Night Audiobook

Summer of Night

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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.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Deborah L. Walker Walnut Creek, CA United States 05-15-17
    Deborah L. Walker Walnut Creek, CA United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Truly enjoyable!"

    I could blather on at length about how much I love this story - but suffice it to say that the combination of characters, the 1960 timeline, the weirdness factor and the midwestern setting pinged ALL the right strings! The narration is great too. I was sad to get to the end...

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    mosnow 05-14-17
    mosnow 05-14-17
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    "Perfect!"

    Narrator is amazing. This story comes alive in his capable "hands". My very favorite is his voice for Mink. Terrifyingly well written by Dan Simmons- read The Terror right now!

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    Opu Between the Lines 04-10-17
    Opu Between the Lines 04-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Summer of Nightmares"
    Where does Summer of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I'm regretting that I'm just now getting to this amazing story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters, perhaps. Dwayne was my favorite.

    Their main enemy was great, too.


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Giving the characters voices I would not have put to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


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    Dean 04-07-17
    Dean 04-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty good, I guess."

    I'm no literary critic, but I have to say why I gave this book a mere 3 star rating. While I enjoy the vintage feel of the book, and the characters were very full and developed, mostly. All of the protagonists are very well fleshed out and woven together nicely.
    I didn't care for the voices chosen to represent most of the characters, which lends to a detaching critical disposition, albeit short lived.
    The real problem I had with this book was the story itself lacked the full fleshing out in regards to WHY the events therein are taking
    place. A lot of unexplained lore behind the antagonism, the book merely mentions an explanation mid-way as to the true nature of the events defining the story.
    I kept waiting for a super rad point to emerge, but they just killed monsters.
    I'd recommend this book to a very select, banal, complacent audience happy with surface and texture at the expense of depth.
    That is all.

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    Amazon Customer 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great!"

    loved the book. kept me on edge of my seat! worth the read! recommending it!

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    catFox 04-01-17
    catFox 04-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Goodish"

    It keeps you listening but at times it truly lags getting caught up in logistics or some stupid game and though it's creepy it isn't terrifying amd staining your daylight hours like Stephen king can do. The boys are all distinct and interesting as is the town itself and the narration was excellent. All in all worth it. One other thing I was very upset when he Killed off what seed the main character !

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    Jeff Lawson 03-27-17
    Jeff Lawson 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent"

    excellent all the way around. i really enjoyed it. it does not need 15 words to say how good it is.

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    brian 03-24-17
    brian 03-24-17
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    "A terrific prequel to another great book."
    Would you listen to Summer of Night again? Why?

    I have listened to this book and it's sequel multiple times.


    What other book might you compare Summer of Night to and why?

    I could kind of compare this to "It" but this has a FAR better ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it was just the nostalgia of this but I loved this book. It is a simple horror story well told. The characters are extremely interesting and the plot moves like the winds of the summer storm. It is a prequel to another really good book "A Winter Haunting". The sequel is a ghost story which is apt. You don't need to read this to like it's sequel but it does add depth to it. Great old fashioned horror tale.

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    Sandra Prather, California, United States 02-02-17
    Sandra Prather, California, United States 02-02-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Not really"

    Doesn't hit the mark. The narrator does a good job reading but the voices are not good. I could get past that, but the story felt like a poor imitation of It, and it missed the mark. Not terrible but not good.

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    Laura Marsh 01-18-17
    Laura Marsh 01-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Poorly paced, over use of dead animals"

    I found this story to be very slow. I like that the supernatural elements were introduced gradually, but it simply took too long to move the plot along. There were also some elements that seemed disjointed and never fully explained. My other problem with it was that the author seemed to have an odd penchant for killing animals. He kills 4 dogs "on screen" and makes countless other references to dead dogs and cats, that seemed to me to not add much, if anything, to the story. Instead he seemed to be using the killing of animals as a tool to solicit a visceral reaction from readers.

    I liked the characters. They were fairly well developed, though some more than others. However, overall, I felt the book needs some refinement and condensing to help with pacing.

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