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The Summer Boy Audiobook

The Summer Boy: (Benjamin Drum Trilogy) Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

Precocious Benjamin is sent by his dysfunctional suburban parents to spend a summer with his eccentric aunt and her unconventional clan in a remote Appalachian cove. Near his sojourn's end, the boy wanders alone through the mountains to the Laurel, a land apart from his world and out of time. Along the way, he meets strange and powerful creatures, wise and fierce women and formidable men who help or hinder him on his journey.

Mad Davey, the Keeper of the Wood, gives the boy shelter and the love that eluded him in his own world. Lizzie, the Herb Woman reveals to him his true name, and shows him the way to his future. The reclusive monk known as Owl draws hidden strands of power that bind all in Laurel and pull the boy inexorably toward his destiny. Through it all a dark and mysterious Rider pursues the boy. Neither knows their eventual confrontation will bring resolution and deliverance to them both.

©2013 Henry Mitchell (P)2016 Henry Mitchell

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    AdaChaDad 07-14-16
    AdaChaDad 07-14-16 Member Since 2015

    Lover of life, family, the outdoors- and the One who created it all. Fan of the life-enhancing benefits audiobooks provide in a busy world.

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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

    Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear

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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 United States 09-13-16
    Deedra United States 09-13-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a wee bit over the half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lo

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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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>This story was just not my cup of tea.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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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    Cindy Smith Naples, TX 06-26-17
    Cindy Smith Naples, TX 06-26-17 Member Since 2014

    I commute to work and love to get lost in a good book!

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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.

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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 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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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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    Dawnatarr 06-14-17
    Dawnatarr 06-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A good book."

    A well written story of a young boy out to find himself. A heartwarming story. I received this audiobook for free and voluntarily reviewed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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