The Beech Tree

  • by Don Phelan
  • Narrated by James Conlan
  • 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Beech Tree introduces you to the lives of those who visited the tree and shared their lives, their loves, their hopes and dreams, beneath the tree's dark green canopy...and their curious, inexplicable connection to one another. The listeners are introduced to Johnny and Margo, the first characters to visit the tree, just before Johnny ships off to fight in The Great War in 1918. We follow Johnny and Margo, and also Johnny's lifelong albeit socially taboo friendship with his friend, "Bullet Joe" Rogan, a pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Johnny introduces his granddaughter, Debby, to the tree in 1957, an era of bobby socks, roller-skating carhops, and Elvis music, and Debby meets Mason in 1967's Summer of Love, just before Mason is drafted to fight in Vietnam. For 30 years, Debby wonders whatever became of the boy who changed her life. Then she finds out.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

You'll laugh, cry, stand up and cheer.

The Beech Tree is not a story about a tree; it is the story about people, about their relationships, about their hopes, dreams, failures and triumphs. Phelan puts you there, in the center of the scenes, and you experience the story as if you are one of the book's quirky characters.

It is a story of life, friendship, forgiveness and joy.
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- David Adam Smith

A good listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Woven in among the many characters and story lines, are some great reminders of Universal Truth.

In some ways, it speaks to how far we've come as a society while at the same time showing how far we have yet to go.

But it's not about those 'truths' or societal measurement, it's a good story about interesting people.


Any additional comments?

I learned a lot about the history of the West Michigan Lakeshore that even given that I've lived nearby for almost 20-years, I didn't know. That was a nice bonus.

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- Eric Webster

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2017
  • Publisher: Don Phelan, James Conlan