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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilma Wolitzer Narrator: Isabel Keating Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781482976991
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Summer Reading is the story of three women whose disparate lives intersect in the Hamptons. Lissy Snyder, a beautiful and emotionally needy newlywed, is the unwilling stepmother of her husband’s hostile children. Her eavesdropping housecleaner, Michelle, a local, is resentful of the moneyed arrogance of the vacationing “invaders” and can’t get a commitment from her fisherman boyfriend. Solitary, bookish Angela Graves, leader of the Page Turners, a book group attended by wealthy young summer residents, harbors the shameful memory of a disastrous affair she had long ago. Over the summer, Angela encourages her book group to identify with the heroines of novels by Trollope, Flaubert, and Charlotte Brontë. But can reading, as she proposes, really influence the choices people make and even change the course of their lives? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Hampton vacation, trophy wives and characters who dig books…Bring on the beach chair.”

    People

  • Keen observation and a deft use of language…an enjoyable read that ends with what all good readers seek—another ‘to-read’ list.

     The Charlotte Observer

  • “Eminently readable and precisely accomplished…fine and complex and very much the product of skilled workmanship.”

    The East Hampton Star

  • Summer Reading is ultimately a homage to storytelling and the blessings that good literature can bestow.”

    The Southhampton Press

  • “Lives of the main characters take on the very crises and high emotion dramatized in literature. What a delight!”

    AudioFile

  • “Wolitzer’s subtle analysis reveals the underlying hopes and tensions that guide each woman’s daily life as she struggles to come to terms with her own choices and mistakes, led, in part, by the heroines of the books Angela has chosen.”

    Booklist

  • “Wolitzer manages to wrest originality from the jaws of cliché with this sharply observed, multi-voiced novel.”

    Kirkus

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 2/6/2014

    " I wasn't loving it by about 50 pages and it was due back to library. So as much as I hate quitting a book, I quit and will move on to something else. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/6/2014

    " I never finished this. I think I just enjoy thrillers, or supernatural books better. It was kind of boring. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kerry | 1/30/2014

    " I think the author had a clever idea to draw parallels between the books in the book club and her characters, but it just didn't work for me. This could have been because I've never read most of the books she referred to, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/27/2014

    " Light easy read, but wasn't thrilled with the ending "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 1/21/2014

    " The bad news is I just read this and can barely remember what it was about. I'm hoping it's the book and not me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy Lewis | 1/19/2014

    " I got this book because Maureen Corrigan recommended it on NPR last summer. Unfortunately, it was quite disappointing, and fairly predictable. Don't bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lynn | 1/17/2014

    " this was a dissapointment...it revolves around a number of women who belong to a reading group..or waiting on people in the reading group..all characters seem to have a bit of sadness in their lives...will they get over it in the end??? will they move on???will it be a happy ending??? you decide..though..i'm not recommending you take the time to find out.....it's not that interesting... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 1/14/2014

    " The 3 main characters in this book were interesting enough, and I was involved enough in the book to finish it, but the story just sort of drifted along and then abruptly ended. Not a very satisfying read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Birgit | 1/5/2014

    " A good quick read about the members of a reading group out in the Hamptons. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louise | 1/5/2014

    " for some reson, I thought this one was so bad that my comments said it should be a double zero "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecelia | 1/1/2014

    " Nice, quick little beach read about three women in a book club in the Hamptons. Not as superficial as I originally thought it would be, but no big revelations either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margot | 10/30/2013

    " It was a good book. I enjoyed the characters and their transformation. It was a quick and satisfying read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 8/10/2013

    " Good beach read. Interesting mix of characters. Takes place in the Hamptons, which intrigued me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 8/5/2013

    " it was ok, but it just didn't draw me in n any way, I didn't find there was much to make me like (or hate) any of the characters. I just didn't care about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/11/2013

    " fun read about the book group leader, the maid, and the rich women hosting the summer reading book group. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Francesca Wiseman | 2/28/2013

    " This was someone's idea of an easy book club summer read having allegedly heard about it on NPR. Hard to believe. Lame. Don't bother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2013

    " just because diane rehm likes a book, i necessarily won't! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kricket | 2/4/2013

    " a well-written (and read on audio) drama about three hamptons residents whose lives intersect one fateful summer because of a book club. lots of food for thought, and the characters are both easy to like and easy to dislike. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon MacLeod | 11/14/2012

    " Good book ... mostly about the people. Would like to read more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 10/25/2012

    " Characters you care about, good plot lines, kind of a disappointing ending. 298 pages "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 6/2/2012

    " I had little empathy for the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 3/17/2012

    " A comforting story about female friendship. Very fresh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Walsh | 12/7/2011

    " Sounded better than it was written. The shallowness of the Hamptons Women really turned me off. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly Holland | 9/8/2011

    " The fluffiest of fluff, hence the appropriate title, "Summer Reading". If you're not ready for an overdose of estrogen, do not pick up this book. Ditto to the Friday Night Knitting Club. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia Needel | 6/28/2011

    " Listening to the audiobook - lightweight and enjoyable so far. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 5/23/2011

    " My favorite quote? "He was robotic. And angry. Like an angry robot." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara Smith | 3/15/2011

    " I didn't like this book as much as Hearts by the same author, but it was an interesting story. "

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About the Author

Hilma Wolitzer is the author of several novels, including Hearts, Ending, and Tunnel of Love. She is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award. She has taught at the University of Iowa, New York University, and Columbia University. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator
Isabel Keating won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for her Broadway turn in The Boy from Oz, for which she also won a Theatre World Award.  She also starred in the long-running hit Hairspray, and made her Broadway début starring in Enchanted April.  Off Broadway she has appeared at Primary Stages, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and The Life Before Her Eyes, and on television, she guest starred in 3 lbs. and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Isabel has recorded a number of Earphones award-winning audiobooks.  Some of the titles she's read include Bill Floyd's The Killer's Wife, Nicholas Sparks's The Guardian, Jackie Collins's Lovers & Players, and Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement.