Extended Audio Sample

Download Summerland: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Summerland: A Novel Audiobook, by Elin Hilderbrand Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,836 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elin Hilderbrand Narrator: Erin Bennett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781611134476
Regular Price: $19.98 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

A warm June evening brings a local tradition: the students of Nantucket High have gathered for a bonfire on the beach. But what begins as a graduation night celebration ends in tragedy after a horrible car crash leaves the driver of the car, Penny Alistair, dead, and her twin brother in a coma. The other passengers, Penny’s boyfriend, Jake, and her friend Demeter are physically unhurt, but the emotional damage is overwhelming, and questions linger about what happened before Penny took the wheel.

As summer unfolds, startling truths are revealed about the survivors and their parents, secrets kept, promises broken, and hearts betrayed. Elin Hilderbrand explores the power of community, family, and honesty, and proves that even from the ashes of sorrow new love can still take flight.

Download and start listening now!

BK_HACH_000950

Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilderbrand…has a gift for building tension, and the reader will be willing to do just about anything to discover the real reason why Penny would drive herself, her brother, and her boyfriend over an embankment into oblivion.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hilderbrand…has once again written an engaging story wonderfully illustrating the often complex lives of young people struggling toward adulthood and the roles of parents and the community in negotiating that journey.” 

    Booklist 

  • “A sensitive glimpse into the lives of damaged people groping their way toward healing.” 

    Kirkus Reviews 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/13/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Racheal Kalisz | 2/11/2014

    " I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. The characters were complexly written with so many quirks that were endearing. I really did not want it to end! With the backdrop of Nantucket, just lovely. Not the normal Hildebrand beach read, this book is tragic, with underlying guilt by all involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Traci Cavendish | 2/11/2014

    " Easy read. Tragedy, love story. I enjoyed it but nothing deep or thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Chamblin | 2/9/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book but it wasn't the light summer beach read I had anticipated. Still very good and highly recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 1/30/2014

    " So glad to be done with this; I only finished it because it was Elin Hilderbrand...but it was just not that good. It was boring- same thing over and over from the various characters viewpoints....I just wanted to finish it and move on. Not her best by far.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 1/30/2014

    " Another fantastic book by Hilderbrand. The year-rounders on Nantucket are shocked when a car full of 4 teens is involved in a fatal accident. The story is told from various perspectives, as everyone tries to figure out exactly what happens. I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that I wished there had been a more detailed ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/27/2014

    " I really liked this book. It definitely had sad themes parts but it was written well, kept my attention and I really got involved with the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 1/24/2014

    " Just OK for me. Sad, seemed to repeat and could have just cut to the chase so to speak. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. The characters seemed very real. I liked that I got all the closure I wanted from each character and how the dealt with the main situation of the story and also all the small things that each character brought to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Welytok | 1/16/2014

    " Great read, even if it took me to the end of the book to think so. Made me think about my own relationship with my kids who are the same age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 1/11/2014

    " Good summer beach read. I read this book over spring break. I love Nantucket so it was an easy/fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon Jackson | 1/6/2014

    " For light, summertime reading, Elin Hilderbrand usually delivers. Summerland did not. I found it tedious and predictable. And I was so dissapointed as I was looking forward to this read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 12/18/2013

    " Love her beach reads...this is a 4 for a great summer book set in Nantucket. I love reading about all the Nantucket places that I used to visit when we vacationed there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/18/2013

    " Good read. It was a little bit predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed the book. Fans of the author shouldn't be disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 10/28/2013

    " This was the first book that I have read by this author but it won't be the last. I throughly enjoyed it and liked the characters. Very human and down to earth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Dreier | 10/18/2013

    " A good easy read. Keeps you interested the whole time. "

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

    " good beach read.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gayle | 5/12/2013

    " A little bit different then her usual fare but still really good. Great summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Bryn | 3/17/2013

    " Wanted this book to go on and on....so good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 11/27/2012

    " Kind of a sad summer story. Teenage drama with a few twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Noel | 10/30/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I can't even count how many times my eyes filled with tears as I read. A great story told from MANY different perspectives. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 10/27/2012

    " Meh. The author was going for suspense and drama but missed the mark in so many ways. Reading this book made me think that I should be a bit choosier about how I spend my book time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Misteeyed | 9/19/2012

    " A made for Lifetime Movie Channel movie of the week. A story with too much estrogen fantasy for my taste. I will not be reading this author in future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna Evans | 7/24/2012

    " This was just okay. I didn't love it....I didn't hate it. I didn't care when I finished reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marie | 7/2/2012

    " pretty disappointing -- read like a soap opera; "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani Porter | 6/19/2012

    " Loved it. Great characters. Engaging summer read. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Elin Hilderbrand

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for several of her novels. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa’s graduate fiction workshop.

About the Narrator

Erin Bennett is an award–winning Los Angeles–based stage actress who played Carlie Roberts in the BBC radio drama Torchwood: Submission. She can be heard on several video games and has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards for her audiobook narrations. Regional theater appearances include the Intiman, Pasadena Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, A Noise Within, Laguna Playhouse, and the Getty Villa. She trained at Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.