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Summary

A classic coming-of-age story and international best seller.

Captivating and evocative, Herman Raucher's semi-autobiographical tale has been made into a record-breaking Academy Award-nominated hit movie, adapted for the stage, and enchanted for generations.

In the summer of 1942, Hermie is 15. He is wildly obsessed with sex, and passionately in love with an "older woman" of 22, whose husband is overseas and at war. Ambling through Nantucket Island with his friends, Hermie's indelible narration chronicles his frantic efforts to become a man, especially one worthy of the lovely Dorothy, as well as his glorious and heartbreaking initiation into sex.

©1971 Herman Raucher (P)2017 Herman Raucher

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Mind blowing memories of a boy growing to be a man

I had watched this film many years ago and have done many times. I have also read the book but thoroughly enjoyed having the audiobook read to me. And read so well
It takes me back to my youth and although I'm sure not as idyllic a location my location. My memories.
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  • seelk
  • 15-04-17

brilliant and funny

I picked this because of the narrator, Braden Wright is one of my fave voices to listen to.
Not my usual genre, but I am glad I did. The emotions, the odd friendship between the 3 boys, the quirky workings of their teenage minds and the hilarious quips that had me laughing out loud, makes this story a delight and not easily forgotten. I recommend it with 5 stars.
Mr. Wright did an amazing job as usual, the voices he gave the characters were defined and the emotions clearly felt.
Thank you!

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  • Spike
  • 22-03-17

Timeless love story beautifully told

What did you like best about this story?

A classic that always feels fresh. Perfect balance of humor and heartbreak. Terrific that an audiobook is now available. The movie is equally good. I am a longtime fan of the author's work and recommend his other novels and films, too.

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  • Andy
  • 21-03-17

Timeless beauty - classic!

An incredible story...beautiful and completely engrossing. I read it years ago and never tire of it...this audiobook is as amazing an iteration as the Oscar-nominated film!

I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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  • Ken
  • 20-03-17

One of the classic coming of age stories

If you could sum up Summer of '42 in three words, what would they be?

Tender coming of age story. Sweet and well-written.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer of '42?

The best part of the book is the story and the way it is told. Very easy to find oneself totally immersed in it.

Which character – as performed by Braden Wright – was your favorite?

Hermie

If you could take any character from Summer of '42 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hermie is the most interesting.

Any additional comments?

Great story. From the academy nominated movie to the book and now to this audible version, the story translates very well in all formats

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  • S. Wagner
  • 20-03-17

So glad finally to have the audio book!

If you could sum up Summer of '42 in three words, what would they be?

Romantic, humorous, timeless.

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

The narration is easy to follow, and it's enjoyable to hear the characters come to life.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Go see the film!

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The book is a really good read that stands the test of time. It's great to see that it's now out in e-book and audio form.

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  • Rhill65
  • 13-02-18

Enjoyable!

The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this gem to life. This book is poignant as well as hilariously funny. I'm so glad I listened to it.

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  • Jason
  • 04-04-17

So great to hear this wonderful classic novel!

If you could sum up Summer of '42 in three words, what would they be?

Powerful, bittersweet, iconic

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hermie is a compelling character because he is on the one hand a typical teenage boy, but on the other he is more sensitive, more caring and introspective than most of his peers.

Have you listened to any of Braden Wright’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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If you could take any character from Summer of '42 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Actually I would love to take Herman Raucher, the author, out to dinner. He is a wonderful writer -- and seems like a wise and witty person. I bet he would make me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I have read Summer of 42 in book form several times, but it's fabulous to have it in audio form!

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  • JB
  • 19-03-17

Bittersweet classic

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summer of '42?

All of it, funny, touching and timeless.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Always makes me laugh and cry. The movie is also a favorite.

Any additional comments?

Check out writer Herman Raucher's other books and films.