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Summary

Enjoy the adventures of eleven year-old Portia, who together with her younger brother, Foster, spend a summer with their cousin, Julian, engaged in more than the usual summer pastimes of sun, fun, and games. The three intrepid children soon discover a fascinating abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp. But, best of all, they discover and befriend an elderly eccentric brother and sister who tell them the story of Gone-Away Lake.
©1957 Elizabeth Enright, copyright renewed 1985 by Nicholas W. Gillham, Oliver Gillham, and Robert Gillham II (P)2003 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A brilliance and a humor that make it seem as if it were happening right this minute." ( The New York Times Book Review)
"A beautifully written, wonderfully imaginative story." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Adored this

My only regret is that I didn't have the luck to read this as a child. I know how much I'd have loved it. Never mind, I've read it as an old lady and brother, what fun!
It could be considered anodyne in that nothing bad happens and everyone is lovely but she does it so well that that doesn't bother me. In the future when I'm ill or down, this is the book for me. I also loved the the narration by Colleen Delany. She brought the characters to life in all their quirkiness.

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I enjoyed it it was amazing and I would recommend to people who like family books.

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Excellent Easy Listening

Great family story,, set in an abandoned holiday resort. No technology involved and plenty of freedom for the kids.

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  • RV Miles + Our Wandering Family
  • 12-09-16

Delightful, if not slightly dated, story

We listened to this as part of a monthly book club and honestly I'm not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if I'd been the one reading. Certainly there are places where the time of the book comes into play and that did spark a couple of "girls can absolutely do that" comments from me, overall the book was a quick and engaging listen.
While the storyteller often had some rather annoying sounding voices I absolutely commend her for the ability to distinguish and handle so many different characters.
The story is very simple, but sweet and both my 9 and 6 year old boys enjoyed it. Often asking me to play one more chapter. If you are looking for an easy listen story that children of multiple ages May enjoy than I recommend GONE AWAY LAKE

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  • Donna
  • 25-07-06

Great Summer Read

My daughter and I loved this book. It was a wonderful relaxing summer adventure. We wanted to be those children!

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  • Shiloah Baker
  • 29-06-15

Well written and delightful!

This is a book that loves children! It's a charming story filled with a delightful adventure. My children loved this book. We look forward to the sequel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-20

Elizabeth enright : best writer

Um this book is Jamaze the narration could have been better but it still is so good I also recommend the Saturdays 👍👍👍👍

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  • anabanana
  • 15-07-20

Sweet Summer Story

My kids and I were entranced. It made us wish for our own Gone Away Lake.

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  • Goldie
  • 21-06-20

Sweet and calm <but dated>

Similar vibe to Melendys or Penderwicks but without spark! Girls mostly scream and like curtains.

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  • 23-03-22

such a fun book

really enjoyed this book. lovely fun story. My kids listened as a part of Sonlight homeschooling program

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  • C. Olson
  • 21-02-22

So I’m not sure how they wanted the story to go because it was shit

😤😤😤😤😡😡😡 i’m really mad right now because I was told that this was such a good book but it really wasn’t so I’m really mad angry emoji what why is not working OK Sushi told me oh I remember you have to go to the emoji keyboard OK OK I’ll do that I’ll do that I’ll be there in a minute oh sorry Suze! Come help me write this review yeah no no it’s not bad no delete this book off. Th. Planet 🌎 🌏 🌍 📕😡😤THE BOOK WAS BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAÀAAAAAÂÅĀD

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  • Jeni B
  • 16-08-21

Greatest book of all time!!!

This is the best book a have ever read! I am so glad that there is a second one or I would probably die. #best book ever.

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  • mothermayI
  • 02-12-19

Wonderful!

The narrator was excellent, supreme use of English and a captivating storyline with very down to earth characters.