One Summer

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From number-one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.
It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together.
Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

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Ebook producers, please listen!

I love David Baldacci's books, any genre. And I think Ron McLarty is a wonderful narrator (and author). That said, I have no idea whether this book was any good because I simply could not tolerate the way it was produced. Those of us devoted to audiobooks love BOOKS of all kinds, and audio is just another way to "read" them. Unless a book is expressly written to be a PLAY, please do not try to make it into one by having other narrators inject quotes by different characters. Great narrators like McLarty have their own way of creating different, identifiable characters (male and female) in an understated way; this works well and doesn't disrupt the flow of the story. Using multiple narrators works in some cases, such as "The Help," because there are whole sections coming from the point of view of a certain character; note, in those cases each narrator will do all the quotes in a section.

This is the second Audible book in as many weeks that I have abandoned due to this annoying method of production.

(Apologies to Mr. Baldacci - maybe I'll get this one on my Kindle.)
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- Karen Weisneck

Not what you expect from Baldacci but

One Summer is a wonderful book. Those who have not experienced real, enduring romantic love will not understand the book. Atheists will hate it for its allusions to God and will be turned off by its "mysticism". Those who have not yet been parents may not appreciate One Summer.

I had read every book written by David Baldacci except One Summer. The negative reviews at Amazon convinced me that I would not enjoy One Summer. Finally, I gave in just to understand the complaints.

Thank you, Mr. Baldacci, for this marvelous book!
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-14-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio