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Summerland Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon hits a high-flying home run.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Only a grump would not give over to the wonder of Chabon’s otherworlds….The author’s gifts for metaphor and description hold the spiraling fantasy together, the humble giving human shape to the unreal. It’s clear he’s got a truer ear than J.K. Rowling.” (Entertainment Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
A magical novel for readers of all ages that blends fantasy and folklore with that most American coming-of-age ritual: baseball—now in a new edition, with an original introduction by the author.
For over a century, the people of Clam Island, Washington, have enjoyed barbecues and baseball games at Summerland, on the western tip of the island, where it never rains. The small beings—known as ferishers—who ensure this perfect weather, however, are threatened by an ancient enemy and need a hero—a baseball star, in fact—to vanquish their foe. Summerland is the story of Ethan Feld, the worst ballplayer in the history of the game, recruited by a hundred-year-old scout called Ringfinger Brown, himself a Negro Leagues legend. Accompanied by his determined friend Jennifer T. Rideout and guided by a friendly werefox, Ethan struggles to defeat giants, bat-winged goblins, and one of the toughest ballclubs in the realms of magic to save all the Summerlands—and ultimately the world.
Praise for Michael Chabon
“An immensely gifted writer and a magical prose stylist.”–New York Times
“His work is page-turning and poignant; he is one of the best writers of English prose alive. . . . He wants to move and thrill us both, and he does.”–Washington Post Book World
“A prose magician, Chabon is that rare literary anomaly: a gentle-spirited writer of boundless ambition.”–Village Voice
“A literary swashbuckler.”–Houston Chronicle
“Michael Chabon is an escape artist: his novels are elegant and energetic circus tricks which celebrate, again and again, the joy of release from the constraints of the everyday world.”–Financial Times
“An unstoppable master of the ripping yarn, beautifully told.”–Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Probably the premier prose stylist –the Updike–of his generation.”–Time--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It turns out that the Summerland baseball field lies at a crucial crossing point of various strands of the universe, a place where worlds that seem to be different interconnect. Various peoples and creatures viewed by those of us who are limited to our own world come together and interact in semi-conscious and mystical ways. So creatures familiar to all of us in our mythological and imaginary lives, come alive in Summerland.Read more ›
It is read by the author, so you get a real sense of how it sounded in his head as he was writing it.
There is such a large cast of characters and he does a wonderful job of giving each their own distinctive 'voice'.
With most audiobooks (and I am completely addicted to audiobooks) I am pretty neutral about the reader and some readers kind of irk me and do take away from the story a tiny bit.
I feel that Summerland is exponentially enhanced by listening to Michael Chabon read it. There is no way on earth I'd have ever been able to give the characters the depth he does with his reading. This is one of the few books I recommend with the disclaimer (even to those who aren't huge fans of audiobooks) that to truely appreciate it you MUST listen to it.
This book-on-tape is an absolute homerun. Michael Chabon makes his world come alive, and I have NEVER (and I've listened to a lot of books on tape) heard a reader quite like him!
Run out to your local library or better yet, buy it for yourself - this is definitely worth your time!
The recording is what makes it work. I am pretty sure we would have been lost without each character's trademark voice, laugh, tone, or tic. And, yes, we did stop from time to time so we could review what had happened or refresh our memories as to character histories or baseball rules. But even that was a blast. This book would be exhausting to read aloud...do yourself a favor and buy the recording!
And how fun to hear my six-year-old venture a guess tonight that Cayote's Padfoot might also be working for Lord Voldemort; this after hearing the chapter heading of our read-aloud bedtime book (Harry Potter, book 5) was "Percy and Padfoot."
*Forgive me any misspellings but I only listened to the story so have no idea how the words might have looked on paper.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was okay. I did like the fantasy. It was a adventure where they met people along the way and brought them together.
This is a wonderous beautiful fantasy from one of the finest authors working today. Lyric and utterly original.Published 2 months ago by Rochrist
Really enjoyed this book. This was for my granddaughter's birthday. She just turned 11, and she is liking it, too!Published 2 months ago by Peggy