Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel Audiobook, by Sue Halpern Play Audiobook Sample

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Josh Bloomberg, Dara Rosenberg, Allyson Ryan Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062799357

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Longest Chapter Length:

73:28 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

16 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

29:19 minutes

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Publisher Description

From journalist and author Sue Halpern comes a wry, observant look at contemporary life and its refugees.  Halpern’s novel is an unforgettable tale of family...the kind you come from and the kind you create.

People are drawn to libraries for all kinds of reasons. Most come for the books themselves, of course; some come to borrow companionship. For head librarian Kit, the public library in Riverton, New Hampshire, offers what she craves most: peace. Here, no one expects Kit to talk about the calamitous events that catapulted her out of what she thought was a settled, suburban life. She can simply submerge herself in her beloved books and try to forget her problems.

But that changes when fifteen-year-old, home-schooled Sunny gets arrested for shoplifting a dictionary. The judge throws the book at Sunny—literally—assigning her to do community service at the library for the summer. Bright, curious, and eager to connect with someone other than her off-the-grid hippie parents, Sunny coaxes Kit out of her self-imposed isolation. They’re joined by Rusty, a Wall Street high-flyer suddenly crashed to earth.   

In this little library that has become the heart of this small town, Kit, Sunny, and Rusty are drawn to each other, and to a cast of other offbeat regulars. As they come to terms with how their lives have unraveled, they also discover how they might knit them together again and finally reclaim their stories.

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“Full of empathy, humor, and a complex cast of characters who demonstrate that family doesn’t only mean blood relatives…The fact that a library is a key focus of the storyline will be extra enjoyable to book lovers everywhere.

— RT Book Reviews (4 stars) 


  • “Summer Hours at the Robbers Library is whip-smart, funny, and moving all at once. A rare combination.”

    — Maggie Gyllenhaal, Academy Award–nominated actress
  • “Intriguing, complex characters, and a heart-warming message…And who can resist falling in love with a novel in which a small-town library is saved?”

    — Julia Alvarez, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Halpern infuses this tale of derailments and second chances with free-ranging empathy, lithe humor, and penetrating insights into the human psyche…Finely choreographed and lucidly told.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “Beautifully written…with appealing characters.”

    — Library Journal
  • “The novel is suffused with a love of books and reading…and in the end, the library’s endearing denizens prove to be very good company.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Sometimes the best stories in the library aren’t found on its shelves; they’re walking through its doors and congregating by the reference desk. Halpern knows this and mines the setting for comic and tragicomic gold.”

    — Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book Is Overdue!


  • A February 2018 LibraryReads Pick

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About Sue Halpern

Sue Halpern received her doctorate from Oxford University in 1985 and first began teaching at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the author of Four Wings and a Prayer, Migrations to Solitude, and several books of fiction. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Traveler, and the New York Review of Books, among other publications. She is a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College. She lives in Ripton, Vermont, with her husband, writer Bill McKibben, and their daughter, Sophie.

About the Narrators

Josh Bloomberg, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a trained professional actor with extensive audiobook experience as a director and narrator. Having worked with some of the biggest publishers in the audiobook industry, he is used to performing at high standards. He speaks English, French, and Hebrew fluently and is a member of the Audio Publishers Association. He also records his voice for commercial spots and other types of voice-over. In his spare time, he loves making homemade almond milk.

Dara Rosenberg is an accomplished voice-over artist who has been recognized nationally for her extensive work in audiobooks and commercials. She has a BFA in drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in drama and musical theater.

Allyson Ryan is an Earphones Award–winning voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She has extensive experience on stage and television. In New York, she acted in and directed more than thirty plays. Her television credits include roles on Eleventh Hour, Law & Order, and One Life to Live. She has also appeared as “Mom” in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.