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Summer's Path

Narrated by: Diane Ray
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
2.5 out of 5 stars (1,039 ratings)
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Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

As Don prepares to say his last goodbyes to his loving wife, Robert attempts to change Don's perspective about his mortality and proposes an exceptionally unique option. Robert leads Don through an astounding meditation of life and death and reveals various healing and spiritual concepts including walk-ins, embodiment and soul destiny. On this magical journey of self realization, Don discovers that it's never too late to learn profound life lessons about ourselves and our loved ones.

©2009 Hay House (P)2009 Hay House

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    1 out of 5 stars

A bad new-age after-school special

I generally devour all audible books and even like poorly narrated ones (to put me to sleep at night).
After 500 or so downloads, I finally found a book I hate! This went beyond bad narration. Bad writing, no character development, extremely wacked-out plot premise, unrealistic character reactions. Way out there... and way bad. Good thing it was free.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Horrible book

A warning for people not to waste their time on this.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Free? This author owes me money.

I thought this utterly awful and immature book was made worse by its narrator, who whined the dialog. A ridiculous waste of computer space. Even at free it wasn't worth the download or my listening time. I gave it the one star only because a rating is forced. It doesn't count ... the book deserves no star.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Saratoga Spring, NY, USA
  • 03-08-10

Subtly wonderful

I had this terrible experience once when I saw a movie, loved it, and then read the reviews. The reviews painted the flick as a flawed release on many fronts and rated it at something around 1.5 out of 5. I decided that when movies are concerned, people's opinions would only be valuable to me if I valued something about, or in, them that would make their opinion significant to me.
Well, same thing happened to me with this Scott Blum book, "Summer's Path." I was surprised at the negative reviews written here, which I saw when I came back to order the sequel, "Waiting for Autumn." I thoroughly enjoyed "Summer's Path." I found it insightfully intriguing! If one is willing to read/listen with an open mind--which by the way is the only kind of mind that permits growth--wonder and pensive introspection may be their reward.
Keep in mind, however, I hold myself out as no intellectual. I am but a battered and bruised recovering know-it-all, learning to enjoy, without my own old stuffy filters, all that this beautiful world has to offer.
I am so looking forward to "Waiting for Autumn." Thank you, Scott.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Maja
  • United Kingdom
  • 10-30-09

whew!

i have agonised for the first hour and a half and was wondering if it was all me, i am glad to see i am not the only one who is finding this hard to swallow. I know the topic is not an easy one. I am actually wishing it all ends........soon

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Toni
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-12-09

Very New Age

Did you know that suppressed emotion causes cancer, or causes it to spread? Me neither. The author evidently believes so.

I tried to stick it out, but about three-quarters in, when the author got into blather about the "three spiritual bodies" that inhabit a person's physical body -- and a dog's physical body -- I gave up on this book. Isn't the very term "spiritual body" oxymoronic?

The author is no doubt sincere in his beliefs. This reader doesn't care to be prosyletized about them.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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storyline was interesting

although the storyline was interesting, the book was not altogether cohesive, over explaining certain elements and glossing over others. the narration; however, was abysmal. it made it very difficult to sit through the book and I found myself trying to not mock the narrator's delivery. painful.
the story ends somewhat abruptly as well. and although I may be curious to see where the story heads in the series, there is no way I will buy it as an audio book if the same narrator delivers the story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really??

This book was just silly. The poor delivery only made it worse.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Gisella
  • Mexico D.F., Mexico
  • 07-16-09

Narrrator needs to work on her reading

It only got my attention at the very end.
The narrator really needs to work on her reading aloud, she's a novice.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Bad book, worse narrator

This book did inspire me: never to listen to a bad book again. From now on, an audiobook will have to grab my attention in the first chapter and have a narrator who can at least pronounce basic words. Her voice was shrill and bland, as other reviewers have mentioned, especially when raised, and every time she said "farmiliar"--"familiar" with an unnecessary "r"--I wanted to abandon the book. Too bad I didn't before it abandoned the reader, with an advertisement for the sequel and barely a pretense of an attempt at a credible ending to the first one--unless I was so bored by that time that I missed it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-09

Terrible prose, terrible story.

This book is what happens when a Do-it-yourself / How to... author decides to write a book. The story is mystic cobblers and the prose is worse than a school kids effort. Terrible descriptions of places and characters written like an instruction booklet for idiots, this was the least rewarding book I've downloaded yet. It may be free, but it's still not worth it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Adrian
  • 08-16-09

It reminded me of 1980s daytime tv

Let's get this straight - this is a FREE download so what we're asking is to evaluate if it's worth the time invested in listening. I guess the answer is "depends on how bored you are."
The first half of the story was OK and set up for potentially an interesting twist or two that sadly never came. When the recording was over, I felt it was unfinished, took the listener for granted and didn't really offer any hooks to make me want to follow the characters in their further adventures. The female characters were very flat and the male characters not much better. I'm really sorry to be so negative, but this just wasn't for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-12

summers path

this particular book made you sit up and think not a book i would normally pick but it made me think perhaps i should look to other forms of litriture

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  • Mrs. H. Saad
  • 03-29-19

Unexpected

I wasn’t sure where the story was going. This is my first Scott Blum book and now I’m keen to listen to the continuation of this one. It’s a thought provoking examination of the soul and the burdens we carry in a narrative. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in the metaphysical world and our existence.

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  • bridget langley
  • 02-22-19

Does not resonate

This story only really works if you are from the US nowhere else has the problem with bankruptcy for medical treatment so it just got boring as that was the main problem. I personally could not relate and got bored

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  • Moominator
  • 01-21-19

Hmmmm....

This was not what I thought it was going to be - don’t get me wrong, it’s easy to follow and understand, so much so I think a 10 year old could follow the gist of the underlying theme. Performance was ok, no audio problems. This is basically like having a 1:1 session with a psychologist about your inner emotions and how they affect your mind and body’s ability to respond, within the remit of a story. Having had many of these sessions, maybe it was just too close to the truth for me!

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  • John
  • 11-09-18

Give it a miss

Even though this was a free title, given my time again I’d give it a miss
Poor narrator didn’t help

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  • kisag_queen
  • 01-31-18

Dreadful.

Simply a load of twoddle. Such glaring errors jarr the 'storytelling' to the point of extreme irritation.

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  • Chels
  • 10-17-17

for free it's worth a listen

not my usual story type but I thought I'd give it ago being I do a lot of walking.
Over all I did enjoy it and look forward to the next book. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, and that there could of been a bigger twist with the deal made by the cancer victim. But this is trying to describe new age life and how we are all victims to our excessive over thinking and worries, rather then being a suspence gripping fiction or that was my take on it haha.

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  • Mark Doyle
  • 10-13-17

Not for me

For some thus would be any interesting book. it's not really my thing so, I'll leave the series there. Performance was dull.