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Once Upon a Summer Audiobook

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Read By: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 3.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Seasons of the Heart Series Release Date: March 2008 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781440798474

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

30

Longest Chapter Length:

25:51 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

42 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

11:30 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

60

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Publisher Description

Best-selling author of Too Long a Stranger and Julia's Last Hope, Janette Oke is loved for her inspirational novels. In Once Upon a Summer, Oke weaves the tender tale of 12-year-old, Joshua, who has been raised by his 18-year-old aunt and their grandparents. He has grown accustomed to their close-knit family, but that is all about to change when Joshua's aunt considers marriage. Johnny Heller touchingly narrates the trials of faith this family must face.

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"I did enjoy this book. The main themes were faith in God, family and community, finding fullfillment and joy in men's/women's roles, along with the love and value of hard work, and the beauty of the earth and what each season brings for us. Harvest time was Josh's favorite season. It reiterated for me that God allows some things to happen for our own growth, that we may blossom like the petunias that have been exposed to rain, sun, and bees for their own growth and good. Anyone who believes in God struggles at some time with the questions and anger that Josh struggles with when life brings hardship and it is inspiring to walk the journey with him."

— Janiece (4 out of 5 stars)

Once Upon a Summer Listener Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is another great series that I love to read! "

    — Jenny, 2/14/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I have been reading a lot of novels lately that have women/young women as the main character, but the central character in this book is a 10 year old boy. Nice change of pace, very enjoyable to read, and a good message (but what other kind of message could there be with Janette Oke as the author?). I definitely recommend this book. "

    — Chante, 2/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Book on CD. Typical Janetter Oke. The story telling was okay, and I liked it better than some of her other books. At times I felt a bit spoon fed with the story and the lessons, and the characters could have been more developed, but overall a good clean read. "

    — Brenda, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was a nice easy read. I loved the first person telling from the mind of a young boy. "

    — Valerie, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Enjoyed this book very much! Even though I had read the 3rd book in this series first, I enjoyed this story of Josh Jones and his family. The focus of this book was on Josh's young aunt, Lou. "

    — Connie, 1/23/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is such a nice story..from the viewpoint a young boy. I will be listening to the other 3 books in the series. "

    — Joyce, 1/22/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a wonderful family story, clean and easy to read, about characters and situations that seemed real and that were easy to care about. I thourghouly enjoyed it and look forward to more of her books. "

    — Gerald, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " My Grandmother gave me this series for my birthday. It's very light and old-fashioned, very pleasant to read. Not the most accurate historically, in regard to health care, treatment of women, and tough farm life, but I nice rose colored version. "

    — Melissa, 1/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This 'Christian fiction' book is told from the perspective of a young boy, which makes it unique. It has a great balance of humor and touching moments. I'm definitely going to find more by this author. "

    — Christina, 1/2/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this book! At first I couldn't seem to get past the use of words such as "iffin and crik", but when you realize it's from a kid's (a boy at that) perspective, it seemed much more acceptable. I thought it was a very easy and enjoyable read. "

    — Jessica, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Another quick read from Janette Oke. I do enjoy her clean books with strong Christian values. "

    — Becky, 12/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An orphaned boy finds his security in God after his aunt, who has raised him, marries and moves away. Seasons of the Heart book 1. "

    — Christy, 12/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I read all of Janette Oke's books in junior high and I remember really liking them. So I thought it was time to read them again. This series is an easy read and I enjoy the small town, farm boy feel. "

    — Marci, 12/19/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This book was well written (it felt like i was reading a letter from that time period). I was a little skeptical at first but once i started reading it i was sucked in. It's a good short story about only 200 pages. I did feel a lot of compassion for the characters in this book. "

    — Mary, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Sweet story of a boy growing up. Great read! "

    — Courtney, 11/14/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Finally Oke went back to great details, I feel like I am part of the story again, excited about moving on to the next one! "

    — Candice, 10/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I liked it the first time I read it, but could not find more of the series. "

    — Jencey/, 6/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was a warm and charming book that was very fun to listen to. "

    — Jana, 5/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A great little wholesome read for the summer "

    — Debra, 11/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is the first book in Josh Jones life. Halrious, yet sweet. You'll love it. "

    — Meadow, 11/9/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Loved it! Fun, easy read that is sort of a "good ol' days" book. My favorite kind! "

    — Megan, 8/21/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this book. It was refreshing. I liked the way they talked. They drop the g off everthing. "

    — Danni, 8/9/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I rate this book 3.5 stars!:) Very good! "

    — Sonia, 6/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was great book to get you informed about the characters and kept my attention so I would want to read the rest of the story. Some parts I had to use my imagination to get through the situation. But then again it isn't easy to try and express a 13 year old boys feelings. "

    — Terri, 12/1/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have "read" this 2x. I loved it. I liked how they all got along together, especially Josh & Gramps. "

    — Odetta, 5/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I loved this series. It was kind of like Little House on the Prairie from a boy's perspective. "

    — Heather, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is a "coming of age" book. If you like The Education Of Little Tree or Cold Sassy Tree, you will enjoy this also. "

    — Tiffany, 5/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " so cute, i loved it "

    — Cambria, 10/7/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This is the story of Joshua who was orphaned as an infant and now lives with his grandfather, aunt lou and great uncle. It is completely from the 13 year old boys perspective in the early 1900s so you get some fun antics and make believe along with his worries for the future. "

    — Annalisa, 10/5/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Probably my favorite of the Janette Oke books that I have read. Endearing characters, funny situations, and a feel good love story. "

    — Callie, 2/7/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Haven't read this author much, but was ready for something light and family friendly. It didn't disapoint. Will do another one on the next road trip. "

    — Janet, 2/5/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Typical Janette Oke, sweet stories, easy read and nothing offensive. Always a nice breath of fresh air. "

    — Mayde, 11/15/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed this series. I recommend it to everyone. It's mostly uplifting, but also has great points of going through real life challenges. "

    — NaDell, 10/15/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A great reading of a young boy during his life from childhood till an adult. enjoyed this book. "

    — Bette, 7/31/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I love Janette Oke! Her books take me back to a time when life was about family, hard work and introduce me to characters developing their faith in Christ. If I could step back in time it would be this time period for sure! "

    — Jamie, 4/15/2009
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Love these books!!! Love anything from Janette Oke. They speak of a much simpler life! Wonderful reading!!! "

    — Orpha, 2/26/2009

About Janette Oke

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President’s Award for her significant contribution to the CBA industry and to Christian fiction, has also been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Oke and her husband live in Alberta, Canada.

About Johnny Heller

Johnny Heller, winner of numerous Earphones and Audie Awards, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013 and he has been named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine.