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4.00014751899866 out of 54.00014751899866 out of 54.00014751899866 out of 54.00014751899866 out of 54.00014751899866 out of 5 4.00 (2,237 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Martin Narrator: Andrew Peterson Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781608141142
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When Chase Walker returns home, there's a lot waiting for him in the sleepy little town he rests his head in. A little boy, not more than six years old, has been found by the train tracks on the other side of the town. The mysteries start to stack up: Who is the boy? Where did he come from? Most importantly...why won't he talk? But the artwork the boy produces shows Chase more than words ever could, and he starts to see himself in the little lost soul. After all, Chase himself was abandoned, and as he searches deeper into the mysterious boy's past, he begins to learn more about himself and his origins.

Chasing Fireflies is a heartwarming tale about a man's bond with a small boy, and what that boy's past can tell him about himself. It's an excellent read appropriate for young adult and older audiences, and there's a little something in it for everyone.

Charles Martin grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. He describes himself as having "somewhat of a Huck Finn childhood". He attended Georgia Tech, and after a brief and unsuccessful stint as an accounting major, he found himself in the English department. The rest was history. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Christy, and their son, Charlie. He takes much of the inspiration for his novels from Georgia, where he went to school, and Jacksonville, where he grew up. His books have been highly lauded by critics, and he's won several literary awards.

“Never settle for less than the truth,” she told him. But when you don’t even know your real name, the truth gets a little complicated. It can nestle so close to home it’s hard to see. It can even flourish inside a lie. And as Chase Walker discovered, learning the truth about who you are can be as elusive—and as magical—as chasing fireflies on a summer night. A haunting audio about fishing, baseball, home cooking, and other matters of life and death.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Martin's strength is in his memorable characters…[his] prose is lovely.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Martin's lyrical prose captivates the reader from the first page to the last. His skillful character development and ability to make the languid Southern setting a part of the story elevate this novel to the keeper shelf.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • Winner of the 2008 Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 54.333333 out of 5 Eric | 8/26/2016

    " A twist on the Prodigal Son, this book is a heart-warming story of a young man and a homeless, mute child who find their place in this world. Charles Martin intertwines the lives of the main character and an abandoned, mute young boy to jerk at your heart strings many, many times. This is a well-written, thought-provoking book by my now favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Hall | 2/13/2014

    " I really liked this book and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Had many different story lines with an intriguing plot throughout. It took me a while to realize the similarities to my life where probably what drew me into it. It is written from the perspective of a 28-year-old former foster child living above the garage of his former foster parents while they go through the process of accepting another foster child into their home. It wasn't until page 184 that I realized this is not normal life for everyone and, therefore, probably a good part of the reason I liked it so much. But the suspense, mystery, and twisting of the plot lines were great as well. I felt like I would have liked to see a bit more justice done at the end, but still enough closure that I was okay with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Adamic | 2/1/2014

    " A delicious read. A story of family, pain,laughter! Gives you insight to troubled abandoned children, and great people in this world. It has it all, mystery, laughter, makes you cry, and LOL. I CAN'T FIND WORDS ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE IT, JUST TRUST ME, A MUST READ!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 WendyR | 1/24/2014

    " This book has been added as one of my favorites. Maybe not one of the top favorites but it definitely is one to re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liatris | 1/20/2014

    " A father/son book. The prologue us difficult, but the hopefulness I was left with when I finished kept me afloat all week. I loved the writing and the characters. Not sappy, yet full of love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/12/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Keep Kleenex on hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy Collins | 12/30/2013

    " "One of the most compelling books I have ever read and my favorite author! You will enjoy if from Atlanta (can appreicate)...a guys book but girls will love it as well! Father/son love...well written...you will be reading when when the sun comes up...have some tissue handy...heart-felt story making you fall in love with Unc, Chase, and all the characters...not wanting it to end and wanting more! A Must Read! " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna G | 12/25/2013

    " This is a great book and I cannot recommend it enough. I thought that the story and the characters were very well developed and I could not put this book down. We read this for book club and everyone agreed that this was well worth the read. I really love this author and anything by him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TJ | 12/24/2013

    " I wish there was a 4.5 rating - ok it's probably a 5. This is an incredible story about the way a Dad fills the holes in the hearts of his boys. I'm sure glad that God takes up the slack... none of us is the parent we want to be. I'm assuming that Moms do the same thing for our little girls! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 12/17/2013

    " Love Love Love - a perfect Charles Martin Book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camber | 12/9/2013

    " Great story with plot twists and an intriguing mystery woven throughout, and a happy, redemptive ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krista mallet | 12/7/2013

    " I would definatly read something else from this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 12/2/2013

    " This was one of the best books I have ever read! The story pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephknep | 12/2/2013

    " It started out really slow for me, but after I got a few chapters into it, it picked up quickly. A very enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/28/2013

    " This is the sort of "comfort book" that I love to read. It has an interesting mystery, and a heartwarming story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 11/21/2013

    " I plan to read all of Charles Martin's books because they've all been great reading. I love them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 7/27/2013

    " Loved this book. The writing is great, story is great and I enjoyed the narrator as well , (audible book.) I found it to be a fast and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 2/27/2013

    " Another nice story by Charles Martin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Dickerson | 2/23/2013

    " I really loved this book even though there were many unbelievable aspects to it. (like a former felon being able to be a foster parent). The story line was a bit convoluted but the characters were lovable and it had a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/11/2013

    " Wow! Another gripping story by Charles Martin. Great character development, surprising twist at the end, and enough humor to keep the tears from flowing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/24/2012

    " Clean, but parts are dark, and rough. This book gripped me right off. I HAD to find out what happened. It ends well, and has lots of little tid-bits that leave you thinking for a long time afterwards. Has mystery, a hint at romance, and lots of heart. Excellent book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 9/18/2012

    " This was my first Charles Martin read. I felt like there were a few loose ends that weren't tied up and I didn't care for the Tommye/Chase relationship. Still, looking at the big picture, it was a beautiful story about fathers, sons, adoption and family relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 6/25/2012

    " This is the second Charles Martin read for me. I enjoy his writing and the locales in the coastal south. His characters are rich and the storylines inventive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewell | 3/3/2012

    " I love all of Charles Martin's books, but this one is by far my favorite. I recommend it to everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashlee | 10/27/2011

    " I stayed up until 3 am finishing this book. Great story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 10/15/2011

    " 4.5 stars out of 5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 8/3/2011

    " Excellent book. First I read by this author but I promptly went out and bought his other ones. Character development was well done. Story had a bit of aa mystery. Story of a newspaper who is trying to piece together his past. A book of discovery. Carol "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 6/25/2011

    " One of my favorite reads this year. A surprising find thanks to Bookswap! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hilary | 6/15/2011

    " I really liked the story, but it was a little maudlin to me. Others might not think so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/15/2011

    " Clean, but parts are dark, and rough. This book gripped me right off. I HAD to find out what happened. It ends well, and has lots of little tid-bits that leave you thinking for a long time afterwards. Has mystery, a hint at romance, and lots of heart. Excellent book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lainy | 6/6/2011

    " I give this 3 and 1/2 stars. It was an easy read, and kept my interest. Some of the things that happened didn't seem very plausible, and some questions were left unexplored and unresolved. Interesting premise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/4/2011

    " I thought this was a really good book, a little hard to follow sometimes.. but in the end, I was left with my mind wandering, my heart sinking and a smile on my face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 4/19/2011

    " This was a good book. I'll definitely be reading other books written by him. A soft, Christian undertone to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 3/15/2011

    " Great book, loved the ending... highly recommend to others who like southern fiction & one-of-a-kind characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen | 3/10/2011

    " This one ended up very well. The beginning is hard to get through due to the subject matter, but worth the effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/21/2011

    " Quite a story from beginning to end. Another great story by Charles Martin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Anne | 2/12/2011

    " Another nice story by Charles Martin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Babete | 2/7/2011

    " " Uma história realmente comovente, uma escrita lírica e inteligente, e personagens inesquecíveis fazem do livro uma leitura memorável." Acho que isto diz tudo... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 2/6/2011

    " I have now read two of this author's books and really enjoyed both of them. I will definitely look for some more of his. "

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About the Author
Author Charles MartinCHARLES MARTIN is the author of six novels. He and his family live in Jacksonville, Florida.
About the Narrator
A native of San Diego, Andrew Peterson won his first pellet-gun shooting competition at a young age, launching an award-winning competitive career in marksmanship and eventually earning the classification of Master in the NRA’s High Power Rifle ranking system. A trained architect, he began writing fiction in 1990 and sold his first short story, “Mr. Haggarty’s Stop,” to San Diego Writers Monthly two years later. His debut novel, First to Kill, has allowed him the opportunity to visit veterans’ hospitals around the country, and he has donated more than two thousand copies to wounded warriors and troops serving overseas. He and his wife, Carla, live in Monterey County, California.