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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.

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)

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Great story with excellent horror

Excellent story.

It is a long build so you have to trust and put in a couple hours in the beginning. But it's truly an exceptional horror novel and well worth a listen.

Very well done voice acting as well. The speaker did an excemplary job at creating different drawls for each character.

Trigger Warning: does use some racial and homophobic slurs and has descriptions of klan killings. due to its setting: the 1960s in rural Illinois.

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amazing

Second time listening to this book. Enthralling story stressful and amazing story. thank you very much

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  • chris
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 06-20-17

great story

love this story, it's kind of like stand by me with gjosts and ghouls. also very interesting to get the perspective if a child in this tjmes.

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Loved it!

This book kept my attention from beginning to end. I was happy to find that the book I had just read before was almost a second book to this novel. Well performed.

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the book was great. the narration was great

dan simmons can sometimes be a bit of a slog when reading. listening tontje audiobooks of his stories are fantastic! tjis one was great! it plays like a spielberg kid-buddy movie set in the sixties, but gets very dark and very real quickly. it was definitely entertaining. i could see this being a great, but highly edited, movie.

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Just not as good as other Dan Simmons books

Hyperion series sets a high bar and this just didn't get there. The last quarter is good but the first 3/4 is essentially Stand By Me without the good parts.

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Great little coming of age home town horror!!!

This was my first time listening to a Dan Simmons book and I was not disappointed.

The story is about s group of young friends who slowly realize they're town is open season to a growing group of (read the book, no spoilers🙂).

Dan John Miller does a great job, playing the multiple characters skillfully.



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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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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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  • Mitch
  • Between the Lines
  • 04-10-17

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. <br/><br/> 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.