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For fans of Stand by Me and Stranger Things.

Devil’s Backbone dirt road weaves through tall East Texas trees. The eerie Claymore mansion sits silently along the path. Thirteen-year-old Kevin Bishop and friends plan to spend their summer swimming, playing baseball, and erecting a massive fort in the nearby woods. Their daily journey requires a bike ride down that road and by that mansion - the site of a gruesome unsolved murder near the turn-of-the-century. They stumble upon evidence to solve the mystery as unforeseen adversaries make this a summer they’ll ever forget. 

This coming-of-age tale will take listeners down memory lane with plenty of suspense. This was the time when kids drank from hoses, arena rock ruled, and cutoff jeans were normal attire. The sleepy little town of Mead Creek never expected a summer like the one of 1979.

©2017 Darren Sapp (P)2018 Darren Sapp

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Wonderful Summer

Summer of '79 Kindle Edition
by Darren Sapp

This coming of age, murder mystery took me back in time. I was a decade older than the kids in this book, but I found them realistic. I appreciated the clean language and great story line.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Eddie Frierson brought each character to life.



I was given this free review copy audiobook from the author, at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Not what I expected.

I actually liked this book more then I thought I would. The author I thought wrote this book really well. The characters acted their age and when the narrator was reading I felt it. Some authors I find don't always do this really well.
It does start of slow but it builds up.
I would highly recommend this book. If you liked stand by me then you'll love this one.

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Enjoyable read

My first read from author Darren Sapp. The narrator did a fine job and the accompanying sound effects added to the book's enjoyment. I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author & am voluntarily reviewing it. An enjoyable, nostalgic read/listen I enjoyed the mystery & will definitely read more by him. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Refreshing

I received this book in exchange for a review for free. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me some of the body , group of kids in the summer of 79’ are trying to solve cold case of murdered family that happened decades ago in their small town. I don’t want to give to much away. Other than it was very entertaining and it was nice to finally listen to a story that wasn’t filled with unnecessary vulgar language every other word. It was definitely worth the listen and will probably relisten again at later point in time which is something I rarely do unless I really liked the story.

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Great Story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Summer of '79, by Darren Sapp and narrated by Eddie Frierson. This was a great story. It was easy to listen to, made me want to keep listening to it, and now I want to hear more stories about the characters and their lives. The narration was perfect for the story. Darren is a great story teller and Eddie does a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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Summer of ‘79

A step back into 1979... when kids hung out with their friends all day, built forts, rode their bikes everywhere, and were just kids.

The big old haunted mansion, where a triple homicide had occurred decades ago, was on the path to the perfect location to build a fort. A group of friends needed to pass it quite regularly and they became interested in learning about the local history. Their summer took an unexpected twist when they made a discovery that just might be the key to solving the murders.

Darren Sapp did a fantastic job of transporting me back to my childhood. A real trip down memory lane! Eddie Frierson’s narration was also fantastic.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Joe
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Classic kid summer adventure

Classic teenage adventure of a group of friends in a small town that are trying to solve a murder that happened decades ago. The book reminds me of the young adult movies from the 80's with kids on their bikes meeting up and enjoying a summer together until something happens that changes their lives forever. The story is well written and the details make this a fast easy read. It was a little predictable, but still enjoyable. The narration was great and included unique voices for each character. There were some sound effects that I thought were fine since they weren't a distraction. Fun easy read. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. #Summeradventure #Uniquevoices

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No sound effects please

This story lives up to the claims of the synopsis: A mild mystery involving some delightful teenage sleuths. Eddie Frierson performs well, but I could have done without the sound effects. This is an easy, light listen.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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You'll recall things that only happened back then

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Although it was somewhat predictable, it is a good story and I could easily see this being a true story. Great job with the performance!

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Book That I will listen multiple times

Really enjoyable, I like the narration the most, so many voice acting make this a real audiobook, very clean recording too.

From start to end everything was good, funny, cozy, non vulgar, easy to listen for me, as i prefer clean only audiobooks with no tolerance for swear word at all. I Appreciate the author for maintaining the balance between characters and there dialogues.

Anyone can enjoy this audiobook for a small but engaging life of childhood and healthy friend circle.

This is my very own review for this audiobook that i got from the author in exchange of being unbiased and giving real feedback.
I would like to get other future audiobooks from the Author (with a good narrator like the one here).

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  • Norma Miles
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For Dickie and his family.

The small town of Mead Creek was notable for only two things: a skirmish during the Civil War and the unsolved triple murder of a family. After the school term finishes, and in the heat of the Texas summer, three young teenage friends, Larry, Kevin and Slads, and brother and sister, Butt and Wendy, set off on their bicycles along the Devil's Backbone track, past the creepy old derelict mansion some kids said was haunted, and into the forest to build a secret fort, or clubhouse, where they could have out without any adults to bother them. Where they could have adventures, swim, fish and have fun.

This delightful thriller mystery is not fast paced, no big shoot outs, no fast car chases. It moves at a slower speed, like the time: this is 1979, with T.V. but no computers, only very basic electronic arcade games like Space Invaders, no mobile phones to keep in touch and only maps to find directions. Need to find something out? Go to the library. And for the five young people, the days were long and languid, supervision minimal. There are numerous cultural iconic mentions of the time in the story, but it is the conjuring up of the exuberance and curiosity of youth which really suffused the book. The story's mystery might be somewhat predictable to the reader, but that doesn't matter: it is the youngsters following of the trail itself which is thrilling, an innocence and a capacity to move forward. Although not individually fully formed three dimensional characters, the group works well as a whole, dialogue between them, with small insults and interuptions, felt genuine, real.

Like the storyline, the narration by Eddie Frierson is slow and languid, with clear definition, good intonation and each character is separately and appropriately voiced. It all adds to enhance the leisurely atmosphere of the time. Only forty years ago but so much has changed. And an occasional burst of background sound track is added to give greater depth. One complaint, however: the silent gaps between chapters was often overlong, giving rise to a slight anxiety that something had gone wrong with the playback.

My thanks to the rights holder of Summer of '79, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It was a pleasure to hear, to mentally step back into more gently moving times and relax into the magical age between childhood and adu!t - without having to personally suffer the angst which goes with it. Recommended for all ages and as a family read-together.