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The Summer Boy Audiobook

The Summer Boy: (Benjamin Drum Trilogy) Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

Deposited by his dysfunctional city parents for the summer with his eccentric Aunt Mary in a remote Appalachian cove, Benjamin Drum runs away, farther than he ever intended, closer home than he ever imagined. Lost between the mountains, Ben wanders into a strange new world where he is befriended and pursued by beings human and non-human, malevolent and merciful. Before he finds his way back to Mary, he finds himself. 

The Summer Boy is a genre-defying work, written in a style that falls somewhere between Ron Rash and Neil Gaiman, bright and shining as a summer day, dark and deep as a coal mine. 

©2013 Henry Mitchell (P)2016 Henry Mitchell

What the Critics Say

“…a gorgeous work of magical realism that flawlessly weaves myth and metaphor into a tale ringing with the sounds of authentic Appalachian speech and Celtic heritage… a haunting tale expertly told.” (Sharon Claybough)

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    AdaChaDad 07-14-16
    AdaChaDad 07-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Well crafted, but probably not for everyone"
    What did you like best about The Summer Boy? What did you like least?

    The author makes characters and situations come alive. He seems to be a master painter with words as he creates this peaceful countryside escape. The story is full of symbolism and could probably be considered an allegory. Some of his associations I picked up on and enjoyed. Other times I didn't or couldn't stay focused enough to put all of the pieces together.


    What does Wayne Paige bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought the narrator did a very good job. His relaxed and soft-spoken style seem a perfect fit for this particular story.


    Was The Summer Boy worth the listening time?

    This will be a wonderful story for some people. The word pictures are great. The symbolism will be great fun for some. Just now exactly my style.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Asheville, North Carolina 06-22-16
    Kindle Customer Asheville, North Carolina 06-22-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautiful listening"

    The writing of this book is quite good. I often get discouraged when symbolism carries the plot but this was well done. It is mythical in character and haunting in its tone. I have such strong clear pictures of what the characters look like and their mannerisms. It's not a book for everyone but it appealed to my English major side once I got over the flashbacks of trying to understand each symbolic act and word. I think I was traumatized by that in college. Once I just sat back and enjoyed it for what it is the book came alive. The narration was great. Might take a while to get used to the slow cadence but it was perfect for this book.
    I think this is a book for teens through adults and beyond.
    I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deedra 09-13-16
    Deedra 09-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    This book was SUCH a pleasure to listen to! Wayne Page has such a soft yet commanding voice.I LOVED it! A boy is sent to his Aunts house for the summer.He wanders the woods and has a delightful journey meeting people of every kind.I was given this book free for an honest review

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 08-07-16
    Trish DECATUR, GEORGIA, United States 08-07-16
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    "Beautifully written book about young boy's journey"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Summer Boy is a classic coming-of-age folk story about Ben who is "sent" by his parents to live with a relative over the summer. Along the way he meets a mysterious woman, encounters many dangerous opportunities in the Appalachian Forest, and arises a wise, strong man. The story is filled with the beauty of Appalachia.


    What other book might you compare The Summer Boy to and why?

    There isn't any other book I can compare to!


    What does Wayne Paige bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I loved the narrator. His voice was rich and accented well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I finished this book with a warm feeling in my heart and a desire to see the appalachian mountains.


    Any additional comments?

    I received this book in exchange for a review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JJLarson 07-02-16
    JJLarson 07-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable Fairytale"

    The Summer Boy captivated me. I fell in love with Ben, also known by other names throughout this story. When at home with his parents, he is basically invisible. Luckily his aunt understands what he needs. I enjoyed this story immensely. Every moment kept me thinking and daydreaming about what would happen next. This one will be a reread for me.
    Wayne Paige has a beautiful, storytelling voice. His narration was superb.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 07-12-16
    Lori 07-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my cup of Tea"
    Any additional comments?

    While I finally finished this book, I could not get into this story. I started and stopped it several times. Most of the reason was the writing style, the other part is the narration. The narration is so calming I found I could only listen for short periods.

    The story of Ben a young man who is basically invisible to his parents. His refuge is his Aunt Mary and her family where he gets to spend summers. This is Ben's coming of age journey to discover who he is and that he is a worthy person. It's very hard to determine what is real and what is a dream/fantasy. Not afraid to say there were times I had absolutely no idea what I had just listened to.

    This story was just not my cup of tea.

    While Wayne Paige has a very pleasant voice this particular narration is very soft, calming and soothing almost like he's just on the verge of whispering. There was not much difference in any of the character voices. He has a nice singing voice. I listened to some samples of his other narrations and they are in a more "normal" tone of voice. It actually sounds like he has very nice deep voice on other audio's. I would listen to him narrate other audiobook's in a normal tone.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amber 10-17-17
    Amber 10-17-17
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    "The Summer Boy"

    This is a very well-written book about a young boy who is trying to find himself. The author and narrator do a great job of bringing the characters, situations, and story come to life.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Smith Naples, TX 06-26-17
    Cindy Smith Naples, TX 06-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "You have to stay with it."

    I listened to the beginnings of this fantasy book and originally thought this is not for me. I kept listening and am glad I did. Yes, it's fantasy but I got sucked in to the Summer Boy and the adventure that would change his life forever. Growing up feeling like a disappointment, his life now allowed him to experience true kinship and feeling of worth. I am so glad I listened through. The narrator, Wayne Page, was great and led me down the trail! This book was provided free for my honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reader 06-19-17
    Reader 06-19-17
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    "Slow, meditative"

    Describing the journey of a young boy in an idyllic (or is it?) land, this book is slow, descriptive and meditative. It lovingly describes the landscapes and unusual people he meets in the Appalachian inspired land.

    However, it is very slow and descriptive at times. The reader doesn't have much of an inkling of what the book is about until about a third of the way in. Everything is symbolic and a lot of threads are left hanging in the end, waiting for the sequel.

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    Bikram Agarwal 06-15-17
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    "Twice as long as it should've been."
    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator narrated almost the entire book in a low whisper-y voice. It was almost putting me to sleep. (Not kidding. I found myself dozing off a few times.). He does have a soothing voice. But there's no variation in the voice for highs or lows.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Summer Boy?

    Whole bunch of pages can be removed from the book. There are so many unnecessary details that add nothing to the story, other than increasing the length. All the endless minute details of items in the environment can be deleted. Pacing can be made faster to keep the reader interested in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this book from the author / narrator / publisher and I'm leaving an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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