The Summer Boy

  • by Henry Mitchell
  • Narrated by Wayne Paige
  • 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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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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- josie "Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear"

Not my cup of Tea

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While I finally finished this book, I could not get into this story. I started and stopped it several times. Most of the reason was the writing style, the other part is the narration. The narration is so calming I found I could only listen for short periods.

The story of Ben a young man who is basically invisible to his parents. His refuge is his Aunt Mary and her family where he gets to spend summers. This is Ben's coming of age journey to discover who he is and that he is a worthy person. It's very hard to determine what is real and what is a dream/fantasy. Not afraid to say there were times I had absolutely no idea what I had just listened to.

This story was just not my cup of tea.

While Wayne Paige has a very pleasant voice this particular narration is very soft, calming and soothing almost like he's just on the verge of whispering. There was not much difference in any of the character voices. He has a nice singing voice. I listened to some samples of his other narrations and they are in a more "normal" tone of voice. It actually sounds like he has very nice deep voice on other audio's. I would listen to him narrate other audiobook's in a normal tone.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

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- Lori

Book Details

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