The Summer Boy : The Benjamin Drum Trilogy

  • by Henry Mitchell
  • Narrated by Wayne Paige
  • Series: The Benjamin Drum Trilogy
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Precocious Benjamin is sent by his dysfunctional suburban parents to spend a summer with his eccentric aunt and her unconventional clan in a remote Appalachian cove. Near his sojourn's end, the boy wanders alone through the mountains to the Laurel, a land apart from his world and out of time. Along the way, he meets strange and powerful creatures, wise and fierce women and formidable men who help or hinder him on his journey.
Mad Davey, the Keeper of the Wood, gives the boy shelter and the love that eluded him in his own world. Lizzie, the Herb Woman reveals to him his true name, and shows him the way to his future. The reclusive monk known as Owl draws hidden strands of power that bind all in Laurel and pull the boy inexorably toward his destiny. Through it all a dark and mysterious Rider pursues the boy. Neither knows their eventual confrontation will bring resolution and deliverance to them both.

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Well crafted, but probably not for everyone

What did you like best about The Summer Boy? What did you like least?

The author makes characters and situations come alive. He seems to be a master painter with words as he creates this peaceful countryside escape. The story is full of symbolism and could probably be considered an allegory. Some of his associations I picked up on and enjoyed. Other times I didn't or couldn't stay focused enough to put all of the pieces together.


What does Wayne Paige bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought the narrator did a very good job. His relaxed and soft-spoken style seem a perfect fit for this particular story.


Was The Summer Boy worth the listening time?

This will be a wonderful story for some people. The word pictures are great. The symbolism will be great fun for some. Just now exactly my style.


Any additional comments?

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- AdaChaDad

Beautiful listening

The writing of this book is quite good. I often get discouraged when symbolism carries the plot but this was well done. It is mythical in character and haunting in its tone. I have such strong clear pictures of what the characters look like and their mannerisms. It's not a book for everyone but it appealed to my English major side once I got over the flashbacks of trying to understand each symbolic act and word. I think I was traumatized by that in college. Once I just sat back and enjoyed it for what it is the book came alive. The narration was great. Might take a while to get used to the slow cadence but it was perfect for this book.
I think this is a book for teens through adults and beyond.
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-25-2016
  • Publisher: Henry Mitchell