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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (366 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Trevor Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN:
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William Trevor has established himself among the most celebrated authors of the past century. In 1997, he was named honorary Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to literature.

A New York Times best-seller, Death in Summer is hailed as astonishing by the Los Angeles Times< Book Review. Thaddeus Davenant's wife has just died in an automobile accident, leaving him to raise their infant daughter alone. Haunted by his wife's sudden death, Thaddeus agrees with his mother-in-law that the househould needs a nanny to help raise the child. Although she doesn't get the job, one young woman forms an immediate, secret attachment to Thaddeus and the baby - an attachment that will eventually become dangerous.

Death in Summer is Trevor at his finest - his fluid, poetic prose and profound understanding of human nature make for an amazingly graceful novel. Simon Prebble delivers a sumptuous reading that equals the deep compassion of this remarkable book.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Doug | 2/18/2014

    " This is a well crafted story with the points of view shifting through every main character, some perhaps unnecessarily. It's a quick and enjoyable read, but I came off of it feeling that something at its heart was missing--a real emotional attachment to the baby, Thadeus' miracle. Of course the writing is solid, but in the end, I don't think much of this one will stay with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/14/2014

    " William Trevor is not for everyone, but if you are into writing for writings' sake, read him. I'd start with Reading Turgenev, and then maybe to this one or another. He's usually quite dark, but not gratuitously dark. Usually there is something really beautiful in the darkness he sees in the human condition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyce | 2/5/2014

    " Trevor is a great short story writer and very good novelist. This is not among his best novels, which are all short, but still quite good in its way. Small Irish lives, sadness, loss, missed opportunities, words not said, death, realizations made too late. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spyder | 1/29/2014

    " Kind of strange, but fun... a nice change of pace for me... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sande | 1/21/2014

    " If you like William Trevor, you'll like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 1/20/2014

    " A British mystery that delves into the thoughts and circumstances of the insane among us. "

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

    " This book is vintage Trevor, but it does contain one character I can't stand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/14/2013

    " Another great novel by William Trvor. A very, very sad book but in a quiet way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amyg. | 8/20/2013

    " Awesomly slow but stays with you forever, like band-aid residue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 7/7/2013

    " The language and detailed description throughout the book is fantastic, but sometimes makes the story laborious. A sad story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 6/5/2013

    " typical Trevor, ie, it was riveting. as the decription notes, he is so good at investigating evil. his style is so tight, it squeaks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sisterimapoet | 5/10/2013

    " A great novel. Tense and tightly written throughtout. I want to read more Trevor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Pagano | 11/13/2012

    " Sad, but beautiful. At times the stream of consciousness writing was very sensory and poetic, but there was always a steady current of plot pulling me along, making me wonder what would happen next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline Burns-Walters | 10/13/2012

    " Beautiful, haunting, lyrical perfection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emer | 7/6/2012

    " William Trevor never disappoints. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 6/27/2012

    " Seriously stunning prose and the shifting POV was handled beautifully but the abuse victim/obsessive stalker orphan was a little hard for me to read. Not in that I found her story emotionally draining (though that was part of it) but that it seemed pulpy and hard to believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 11/17/2011

    " With a title like "Death in Summer" and the first three words being, "after the funeral", you get the feeling that this book might be a downer. It is a bit depressing, but in the end, it becomes more like a mystery story than anything else. As usual, well-written and rather slow-paced. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jrobertus | 10/24/2011

    " i didn't much care for this novel. it is about a deranged girl who takes a nannies job in order to steal a baby. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Franci | 5/18/2011

    " I don't get why this book is rated so high. I found it hard to read, and hard to care. Maybe I am just not "smart" enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 5/13/2011

    " No bells and whistles, just subtle intense writing. Excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mat | 4/25/2010

    " Just amazing. Not a long read, but jumps into the action/minds of the characters immediately, bringing them together in a way you didn't quite see ... with everything a bit twisted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 1/6/2010

    " Seriously stunning prose and the shifting POV was handled beautifully but the abuse victim/obsessive stalker orphan was a little hard for me to read. Not in that I found her story emotionally draining (though that was part of it) but that it seemed pulpy and hard to believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amyg. | 12/16/2009

    " Awesomly slow but stays with you forever, like band-aid residue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 11/7/2009

    " A British murder mystery that delves into the thoughts and circumstances of the insane among us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 10/2/2009

    " Another great novel by William Trvor. A very, very sad book but in a quiet way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sisterimapoet | 7/21/2009

    " A great novel. Tense and tightly written throughtout. I want to read more Trevor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boyce | 6/24/2009

    " Trevor is a great short story writer and very good novelist. This is not among his best novels, which are all short, but still quite good in its way. Small Irish lives, sadness, loss, missed opportunities, words not said, death, realizations made too late. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 6/22/2009

    " typical Trevor, ie, it was riveting. as the decription notes, he is so good at investigating evil. his style is so tight, it squeaks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spyder | 4/16/2009

    " Kind of strange, but fun... a nice change of pace for me...

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sande | 5/29/2008

    " If you like William Trevor, you'll like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mat | 1/3/2008

    " Just amazing. Not a long read, but jumps into the action/minds of the characters immediately, bringing them together in a way you didn't quite see ... with everything a bit twisted. "

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About the Author
Author William Trevor

William Trevor is the author of nearly thirty books, including Felicia’s Journey, which won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and was made into a major motion picture. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Lannan Award for Fiction, and in 2001 he won the Irish Times Literature Prize for Fiction. Two of his books were chosen by the New York Times as best books of the year, and his short stories appear regularly in the New Yorker. In 1997 he was named Honorary Commander of the British Empire. He lives in Devon, England.

About the Narrator

Simon Prebble, a British-born performer, is a stage and television actor and veteran narrator of some three hundred audiobooks. As one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices, he has received over twenty Earphones Awards and won the prestigious Audie in 2010. He lives in New York.