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The Summer Without You

Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
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Summary

Rowena Tipton isn't looking for a new life, just a new adventure, something to while away the months as her long-term boyfriend presses pause on their relationship before they become engaged. But when a chance encounter at a New York wedding leads to an audition for a coveted house share in The Hamptons - Manhattan's elite beach scene - suddenly a new life is exactly what she's got.

Stretching before her is a summer with three eclectic housemates, long days on white-sand ocean beaches and parties on gilded tennis courts. But high rewards bring high stakes, and Rowena soon finds herself caught in the crossfire of a vicious intimidation campaign. Alone for the first time in her adult life, she has no one to turn to but a stranger who is everything she doesn't want - but possibly everything she needs.

The Summer Without You is a gorgeously escapist summer listen from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Christmas at Tiffany's, Karen Swan.

©2014 Karen Swan (P)2017 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd

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A wonderful Summer

The first Karen Swan book I have listened to and it will not be the last! Twists and turns and beautifully narrated. It's always good to discover a new writer and narrator.

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WOW

Loved every minute of this book, really uplifting, am looking forward to reading group more books.

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Lovely summer listen

This was a lovely easy story. Perfect for relaxing too. A bit of a thriller to balance out the romantic plot lines. Very well read, with good differing accents/voice for various characters.
Charming book and I loved all the main characters.

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Wonderful

I really loved this story, a mix of thriller, and romance I could hardly stop listening. I would recommend this book.

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gripping love story

loved loved loved it from the very beginning to the end.
a must listen to.

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Ok

Enjoyed reading this much more than listening to it. Wasn't keen on the voice of the narrator.

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Hard to warm to...

I found the story hard to get going, overuse of simile and metaphor and a difficulty warming/getting to know the characters. The plot wasn’t engaging and lacked fluidity. First of this author’s books I haven’t been impressed by. Sorry!

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Easy listen

An enjoyable easy listen. Although I’d worked out some of the plot, there were still a few surprises. Not my usual choice but I’d recommend for those who want to listen to a book that needs minimal concentration.

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  • 18-07-19

Best yet, loved all her stories ,looking forward to my next .

Great story, the narration only adds to your enjoyment.
Loved the build up throughout the story and the twist at the end.

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Loved it

Great story, good characters and plenty of twists along the way to keep you interested

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  • L.W.
  • 19-07-17

Great listen, loved it

Wasn't sure at the beginning but this is a book with really good development. I couldn't wait for the ending and yet I never wanted the summer to end. This was a great listen any time of the year but I really funny intriguing , my only complaint is loud Bobby. This is a great group of characters, set in an awesome summer place with great twists and turns. Highly recommend.

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  • Eddie Lynn
  • 17-08-18

Vision for the future is interrupted

Basically, guy says "let's put this whole thing on hold for 6 months and then pick up where we left off!". He's a fool, she's heartbroken. She gets a chance to work in the US in the Hamptons for the summer. It takes awhile, but she comes into her own. The guy returns after 6 months and there you are - what will she do?
The book is rather long, nearly 17 hours. Much of it is spent on her depression and loss of her perfectly planned future. You read about her slow but incremental growth and see a glimmer of hope for her.
Bottom line - your future is never quite what you planned it to be.
Narrator Katie Scarfe was very good. Male, female voices, as well as British and American accents were handled well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this story!

Great story, easy listening, I didn’t want it to end. Some of the voices were a bit annoying but the storyline made it easy to look past them.

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  • Sherry Carroll
  • 21-01-18

The Summer Without You

Good read, but wish hump had found happiness. Wish all of Karen Swans book's were on audible