The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin, read by V.A

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51NtPuRosULA few months ago I finished listening to a great audiobook, “The Summer Guest” by Justin Cronin. This book was written before “The Passage” and it’s very different from that trilogy, but it is one of the best audiobooks I listened to in 2015, and I enjoy listening to good books all the time.

Justin created a story that spans over 40 years, full of characters that feel alive and make you care for them, a beautiful place that I’d love to live in, but this is a drama, a very real, heartbreaking one, and I loved it from the first second to the last.

I was amazed to discover a different Justin Cronin and I can say without any doubt that I love “The Summer Guest” as much as I did “The Passage” and “The Twelve..” I know this book is already out for a couple of years but, if I’m not mistaken, the audiobook version came out later. I plan to write more reviews for all the books written by Mr. Justin Cronin that were released in audio format, but I started with “The Summer Guest” because it represents a very special and everlasting narrative experience for me.

The story is amazing, a brilliantly written family saga in which we meet three generations of good and hard working people trying to cope with everyday problems. The author masterfully weaves the multiple plots, taking the reader back and forward in a few time sequences, piling detail after detail, painting a vivid portrait for everyone of the characters and that special place, a secluded fishing village, surrounded by forest seems to be Heaven on Earth. All that I can say, is that the end result is a masterpiece in literature, the delves into love, racism, war and the power of hope.

Speaking of audiobooks… “The Summer Guest” has a great cast, with one narrator for every main character and that helps to create a realistic and immersive  experience for the listener, with names like Mark Bramhall, Abby Craden, Alex McKenna, Arthur Morey, Joe Ochman and Todd Haberkor entertaining us with excellent acting and bringing the drama to an entirely new level of authenticity. I finished this almost 14 hours long audiobook in two sessions and when it was done, I wanted more.

I was vague about the plot because I don’t want to spoil a great story, but if you want, you can check out the book description below.

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On an evening in late summer, the great financier Harry Wainwright, nearing the end of his life, arrives at a rustic fishing camp in a remote area of Maine. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for 30 years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him. From the battlefields of Italy to the turbulence of the Vietnam era, to the private battles of love and family, The Summer Guest reveals the full history of this final pilgrimage.

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The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin

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The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin
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Overall

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    Performance

    10/10

      Story

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        Pros

        • Great Narrators
        • Gripping Story
        • Live Characters

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