Summer of '79

Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Loved it

A nostalgic tale of a group of teens and their interest in solving a decades old cold case
If you grew up in the 70s and 80s this instantly takes you back to simpler times
Well narrated and highly recommended
I received a free review audiobook and voluntarily left this review

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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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Deep, rich and quietly realistic.

I very much enjoyed this summer yarn about kids enjoying the last of their childhood while a southern town huffs and puffs away on its own.

When our young band is slowly drawn into an old murder mystery, it gradually becomes apparent where, in a place of complicated and intricate connections, lie both danger and help.

I mostly enjoyed the message of how life goes on, how both old and young cope, and keep it moving, and how any ordinary life is also touched with greatness.

Because Mr. Frierson speaks with perfect diction and expression, I started to grumble in the beginning about how it seemed like some fine fellow was just "reading me a book". Then, like all wonderful narrators, he disappeared, and there were just the characters and the story.

With this story you aren't going to be scared, nor will you find new and unusual ways for people to be evil, and tbere are a few revelations, but they aren't the point. Come to this for a quiet, overall message of the good, and you won't be disappointed.

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Summer of 79

I totally enjoyed this trip to the past.I was the same age as these kids doing similar things in 1979,so it was very relatable. Town kids find something buried in the woods when they dig to build a fort.They start looking into it and a haunted house and things get mighty sticky! Eddie Frierson was a fine narrator for this book.
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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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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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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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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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.