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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,367 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Baldacci Narrator: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781609413002
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes a moving family drama about learning to love again after heartbreak and loss.

It’s almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie’s death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie’s childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you know David Baldacci only as a thriller writer, you need to read more of David Baldacci. In One Summer, he writes as beautifully and insightfully about the pathways of the human heart as he does about the corridors of power. The twists and turns in this hughly emotional and unforgettable novel come from the resilience of one father’s spirit and the revelation of the love that binds a family.”

    Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author

  • One Summer is a beautifully written story about family, redemption, and hope. Baldacci demonstrates why, regardless of genre, he’s one of the world’s foremost storytellers.”

    Richard Paul Evans, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walk and The Christmas Box

  • One Summer has it all—humor, grace, and redemption, delivered with humanity and wisdom in the capable and sure hands of America’s great storyteller.”

    Adriana Trigiani, author of Very Valentine and Lucia, Lucia

  • “Thriller novelist David Baldacci shifts gears smoothly in this warm family drama…A soul-lifting change-of-pace novel that works.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Well performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, Baldacci’s latest is…engaging.”

    Library Journal

  • “Baldacci’s muscle-bound style doesn’t do subtle: He is best at choreographing fight scenes, rescues, and dire brushes with severe weather, all of which, thankfully, are here in abundance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty Bell | 2/8/2014

    " Quick read; chick fic...maybe i expected more from the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jane | 2/5/2014

    " Sometimes one just has to read a story about life and death, about joy and grief, about relationships, present and past. I just didn't think I would read Baldacchi to do so. But I did. Sat down, needing a real break and actually read all afternoon. I didn't wrap one Christmas present or address one Christmas card. Instead, I escaped. "

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

    " Somewhat unlikely, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/16/2014

    " Similar to a Nicholas Sparks novel, a quick easy read. Story about a man who loses his wife and has to take care of his 3 children. A bit cheesy and far fetched, but a nice ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Austin | 1/3/2014

    " Good story. Liked the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chloe | 12/31/2013

    " I LOVED this book ! The first book I have read from this author and I'm addicted he fits my book type very well. Such a touching story its AMAZING. Just ordered zero day on amazon and I'm sooo excited! Every one should try to read this book. Though it has no sequel i still loved it. DYING to get the kindle I want to read The Innocent soo bad but you have to either pre order it for september or you can get it on kindle NOW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Brady | 12/27/2013

    " A totally different style for Baldacci...a man who is dying of terminal illness becomes miraculously well while in hospice after losing his wife to a car accident on December 24 and his children to relatives. Fighting back against the odds, he takes his children to his wife's childhood home on the Carolina coast to become a family again. His struggles, while also dealing with the loss of the wife who was supposed to outlive him, to become a real father to his three children is at the heart of this novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/11/2013

    " a fun beach read. wish I were on a beach!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mbauer | 12/6/2013

    " Not terribly impressed. Another "feel-good" type novel on the same field as Nicholas Sparks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 11/10/2013

    " Initially thought this was going to be very depressing, but it takes a significant turn and was enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/27/2013

    " It was a quick easy read that had some elements of romance and irony. It was my first Baldalcci and I was indifferent, it wasn't horrible , I did enjoy some elements of the story, but I didn't go out and run to get another one of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Schey | 8/8/2013

    " Nice change of pace for David Baldacci. Reminded me of "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/14/2013

    " The author moves away from his typical mystery and intrigue genre, into a story about family and love. A pleasant day's read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Harrison | 7/8/2013

    " Ive always loved this writer, thriller books are one of the genres I read. David has gone over to the family/romance style easily and the story sucked me in and had me in tears in more than one place. "

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

    " it was ok.A little too smaltzy for my taste. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 4/20/2013

    " Way too predictable and too many tears! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 10/7/2012

    " Make sure you have plenty of kleenex while reading this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 9/6/2012

    " it was a little sappy but an ok read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine Cornman | 8/8/2012

    " I can't believe this is not all 5 stars. David is a versatile writer and this was a lot different than other books of his I have read. No political thriller here-just a heartwarming well written story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 7/26/2012

    " Nice story of redemption and rebuilding relationships "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carroll | 4/3/2012

    " Kind of cliche book, predictable, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/11/2012

    " What a great book...all I'm going to say :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayme | 11/26/2011

    " Loved this book, one of his best! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Homewood Public Library | 11/23/2011

    " We love Baldaccci around here but most of us agreed that this novel lacked depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kathi | 8/26/2011

    " This book just flowed and was one of the easiest books I have ever read. Very enjoyable read...good story, interesting characters... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 7/28/2011

    " Fabululous summer read!! Another favorite! Who would have guess David Baldacci would write such a wonderful story? Kind of like James Patterson's Suzanne's Diary For Nicholas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Billy-jean | 7/16/2011

    " I really like this book it was very touching to see how father was dying and instead the wife dies. It touching to see how a father from his own death comes back to regain his family with the lose of his wife. This book I could not put it down wanting to know how a everyone turns out at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 6/29/2011

    " Beautiful story and totally different side of David Baldacci. I would recommend it highly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karla | 6/28/2011

    " Good read for summer. A little sad but worth reading. About a widower and his children and a lighthouse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 6/27/2011

    " Wonderful story about a family and its struggles with illness and death. David Baldacci usually writes mystery books, but a great job with this novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/27/2011

    " This book if very different from Baldacci's other books. It reminds me of a Nicholas Sparks tear jeaker. Although the story started out depressing and slow, it grabbed me about a third of the way through. Good story about family relationships and redemption. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 6/26/2011

    " If you read "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks you will see similarities with the basic plot: a fractured family spends the summer at a beach house dealing with grief. However, there are quite a few hair pin turns and twists in this particular story I certainly did not expect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Candace | 6/26/2011

    " really sappy - a totally brainless Summer book - not even brain-candy - don't even know why I'm listening to this - maybe it's like a "rest" in music, a kind of place-holder "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/26/2011

    " I kept looking at the cover. . .who wrote this book? Nicholas Sparks, right? No David Baldacci! Well, it's an ok beach read. I think I prefer Baldacci thrillers set in old town Alexandria, but this one will take you painlessly through a few hours of summer relaxation. "

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

    " Wow! May be one of my new all time favorites. Fantastic change Mr. Baldacci! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanna | 6/22/2011

    " Nice, easy to listen to audiobook about a family dealing with death, loss and going on with life. A love story without sex scenes, no bad language, a different kind of storyline by David Baldacci. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 6/22/2011

    " This book is making me cry already! But it is good so far.
    I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK EVEN THOUGH IT WAS SAD. IT MADE YOU APPRECIATE YOUR LIFE A LITTLE MORE AS IT GOES ON AND IT MAKES YOU APPRECIATE THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU. IT WILL MAKE YOU CRY THOUGH. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 6/21/2011

    " This is unusual for Mr Baldacci. It is a love story and well worth
    reading. The story is really good and it is well written.
    Put this on your list for the summer but beware this is a real
    tear jerker "

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