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Summer of '79

Narrated by: Eddie Frierson
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Summary

For fans of Stand by Me and Stranger Things.

Devil’s Backbone dirt road weaves through tall East Texas trees. The eerie Claymore mansion sits silently along the path. Thirteen-year-old Kevin Bishop and friends plan to spend their summer swimming, playing baseball, and erecting a massive fort in the nearby woods. Their daily journey requires a bike ride down that road and by that mansion - the site of a gruesome unsolved murder near the turn-of-the-century. They stumble upon evidence to solve the mystery as unforeseen adversaries make this a summer they’ll ever forget. 

This coming-of-age tale will take listeners down memory lane with plenty of suspense. This was the time when kids drank from hoses, arena rock ruled, and cutoff jeans were normal attire. The sleepy little town of Mead Creek never expected a summer like the one of 1979.

©2017 Darren Sapp (P)2018 Darren Sapp

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For Dickie and his family.

The small town of Mead Creek was notable for only two things: a skirmish during the Civil War and the unsolved triple murder of a family. After the school term finishes, and in the heat of the Texas summer, three young teenage friends, Larry, Kevin and Slads, and brother and sister, Butt and Wendy, set off on their bicycles along the Devil's Backbone track, past the creepy old derelict mansion some kids said was haunted, and into the forest to build a secret fort, or clubhouse, where they could have out without any adults to bother them. Where they could have adventures, swim, fish and have fun.

This delightful thriller mystery is not fast paced, no big shoot outs, no fast car chases. It moves at a slower speed, like the time: this is 1979, with T.V. but no computers, only very basic electronic arcade games like Space Invaders, no mobile phones to keep in touch and only maps to find directions. Need to find something out? Go to the library. And for the five young people, the days were long and languid, supervision minimal. There are numerous cultural iconic mentions of the time in the story, but it is the conjuring up of the exuberance and curiosity of youth which really suffused the book. The story's mystery might be somewhat predictable to the reader, but that doesn't matter: it is the youngsters following of the trail itself which is thrilling, an innocence and a capacity to move forward. Although not individually fully formed three dimensional characters, the group works well as a whole, dialogue between them, with small insults and interuptions, felt genuine, real.

Like the storyline, the narration by Eddie Frierson is slow and languid, with clear definition, good intonation and each character is separately and appropriately voiced. It all adds to enhance the leisurely atmosphere of the time. Only forty years ago but so much has changed. And an occasional burst of background sound track is added to give greater depth. One complaint, however: the silent gaps between chapters was often overlong, giving rise to a slight anxiety that something had gone wrong with the playback.

My thanks to the rights holder of Summer of '79, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It was a pleasure to hear, to mentally step back into more gently moving times and relax into the magical age between childhood and adu!t - without having to personally suffer the angst which goes with it. Recommended for all ages and as a family read-together.

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  • April H.
  • 01-11-18

Wonderful Summer

Summer of '79 Kindle Edition
by Darren Sapp

This coming of age, murder mystery took me back in time. I was a decade older than the kids in this book, but I found them realistic. I appreciated the clean language and great story line.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed. Eddie Frierson brought each character to life.



I was given this free review copy audiobook from the author, at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Jennifer Selken
  • 09-02-19

Loved it.

Great story that is similar to Stranger Things or Stand By Me. I found it entertaining.

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  • Deedra
  • 20-01-19

Summer of 79

I totally enjoyed this trip to the past.I was the same age as these kids doing similar things in 1979,so it was very relatable. Town kids find something buried in the woods when they dig to build a fort.They start looking into it and a haunted house and things get mighty sticky! Eddie Frierson was a fine narrator for this book.
I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • KD
  • 16-01-19

Thriller mystery who dunit

Mystery thriller who dun it

These books aren’t exactly what i would called amazing literature. You won’t be seeing them in highschool classrooms anytime soon. And that is absolutely okay. Sometimes you want what i call a popcorn book. Fast paced and a page turner.

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  • Kelly Watley
  • 01-01-19

Glued to the pages

“You know the current book you’re reading has to be “great” when you get home from work, postpone chores and pick up your Kindle to continue reading where you left off the night before. That’s the way it happened for me with The Summer of '79..

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  • Listener
  • 11-12-18

Nice story, it took me back.

I was given this free review copy audiobook from the author, at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a good story and took me back, as I was a teenager in '79.

An old family murder has been unsolved, until the kids find something in the woods, while they are building their summer fort. There was a nice little twist in the end.. I thought I had solved it, but didn't.

Good story and good narration.

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  • Layla
  • 10-12-18

Not what I expected.

I actually liked this book more then I thought I would. The author I thought wrote this book really well. The characters acted their age and when the narrator was reading I felt it. Some authors I find don't always do this really well.
It does start of slow but it builds up.
I would highly recommend this book. If you liked stand by me then you'll love this one.

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  • Roger & Jean Fauble
  • 06-12-18

Enjoyable read

My first read from author Darren Sapp. The narrator did a fine job and the accompanying sound effects added to the book's enjoyment. I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author & am voluntarily reviewing it. An enjoyable, nostalgic read/listen I enjoyed the mystery & will definitely read more by him. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Jennifer Stover
  • 02-12-18

Refreshing

I received this book in exchange for a review for free. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me some of the body , group of kids in the summer of 79’ are trying to solve cold case of murdered family that happened decades ago in their small town. I don’t want to give to much away. Other than it was very entertaining and it was nice to finally listen to a story that wasn’t filled with unnecessary vulgar language every other word. It was definitely worth the listen and will probably relisten again at later point in time which is something I rarely do unless I really liked the story.

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  • Cycletrash56
  • 26-11-18

Great Story

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is for the audio copy of Summer of '79, by Darren Sapp and narrated by Eddie Frierson. This was a great story. It was easy to listen to, made me want to keep listening to it, and now I want to hear more stories about the characters and their lives. The narration was perfect for the story. Darren is a great story teller and Eddie does a great job of bringing the characters to life.