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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,494 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Chabon Narrator: Michael Chabon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780062446145
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For over a century, the people of Clam Island, Washington, have enjoyed barbecues and baseball games at Summerland, on the western tip of the island, where it never rains. The small beings—known as ferishers—who ensure this perfect weather, however, are threatened by an ancient enemy and need a hero—a baseball star, in fact—to vanquish their foe. Summerland is the story of Ethan Feld, the worst ball player in the history of the game, recruited by a hundred-year-old scout called Ringfinger Brown, himself a Negro League Legend. Accompanied by his determined friend, Jennifer T. Rideout, and guided by a friendly werefox, Ethan struggles to defeat giants, bat-winged goblins, and one of the toughest ballclubs in the realms of magic, to save all the Summerlands, and ultimately the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Only a grump would not give over to the wonder of Chabon’s otherworlds…The author’s gifts for metaphor and description hold the spiraling fantasy together, the humble giving human shape to the unreal.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • Summerland adapts Norse mythology, Native American folklore, Homeric myth, Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis, to teach the enduring lessons about finding strength within yourself.”

    Time

  • “Chabon hits a high-flying home run.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Chabon is the perfect guide through his fantastical world, imbuing the complex proceedings with vitality and passion.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mk | 2/18/2014

    " A fantasy book that gave me a bit more of an understanding of why my father loves baseball. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dagezi | 2/15/2014

    " I think this is the best thing Chabon has ever written. Probably not for everyone though. Coyote, Axes Mundi, Stadiums built from the bones of giants, fairy ballplayers... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/12/2014

    " A delightful mish-mash of a lot of genres and myths. Chabon clearly deeply loves baseball (and deeply hates the designated-hitter rule) and combines that with some Native American and Norse mythology, the hero quest, some Irish folklore, and a dash of Narnia. Good fun all round with a solid emotional core, though probably even more enjoyable if you care about baseball, which I don't. I like fairies and Sasquatches, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 2/7/2014

    " This book was about a guy who hated baseball but finds out it ain't so bad after all. The only reason he had to go play baseball was because the little league having their playoffs summerlands needed a substitute and he was there only choice. As you reach the climax or middle you will learn plenty of changes about Ethan and his attitude towards summerland and baseball.The ending is amazingly surprisingly I just thought that the indians he meets or the players make you get confused with who's who since there are strangers and the people on the team.I recommend it to teenagers because people feel like they can't accomplish anything when there's overloaded work but using this mentor text is like the key to survival in completing what you thought you could never accomplish. Just like Ethan learned a new personality or trait and interest about himself that makes him unique and he finally figures out an important symbol that's recessive inside him. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colleen | 2/5/2014

    " Zach and I read this one together and while we finished it, we found it to be a little discontinuous and there were long stretches where we were not interested. But there were also parts that we read through quickly. It is a book that pulls in the myths of many different cultures to make one big "other world" type place that needs saving. It was fun to try to figure out where different myths were pulled from. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ariel | 2/3/2014

    " I was disappointed in this... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elise | 2/1/2014

    " Didn't finish--I grew bored pretty quickly. I feel like I would have appreciated Summerland more if I were eleven years old. This young adult novel was a little too juvenile for me, and the talking animals weren't nearly as cool as the bears and daemons in The Golden Compass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 1/25/2014

    " this book was a delight to read - mostly because of the baseball... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/24/2014

    " Kind of unmemorable, seeing as I read it fairly recently and cannot for the life of me remember what it was about. I remember it being fine though, so 3 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clarissa | 1/14/2014

    " Sometimes I felt like Michael Chabon just mashed up all the most random elements he could think of and then wrote this book. The world was not fully explore or explained, but generally it was an enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kojin | 12/18/2013

    " It was kind of boring. The creatures are not original. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susielos2 | 7/21/2013

    " This was a great story. Although it starts off tragic, I love the way the story unfolds with each chapter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 He-who-must-not-be-named | 6/9/2013

    " Meeeehhhhhhhh...I don't care about any of the characters except maybe the main villain. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 6/2/2013

    " too much baseball for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/4/2013

    " Field of dreams meets Lord of the Rings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 11/1/2012

    " Part fable, part hero's journey, part study of baseball - all good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dena | 11/21/2011

    " How come so many of my favorite children/ya books are about baseball when it's not even my favorite game? But it is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 10/16/2011

    " I forgot to rate this book until I saw that Neil Gaiman rated it. If you like Gaiman, you are probably going to like this book by Michael Chabon, although most of Chabon's books are not this whimsical. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 9/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book so much. I need to buy it for my godson and my little cousin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judah-lev | 8/26/2010

    " Best "children's book" since Alice in Wonderland. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 11/7/2009

    " Baseball? And fairies? Really odd combination, that's for sure, but it wasn't a bad way to spend time waiting for carpool kids. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Enrico Spada | 8/16/2008

    " Couldn't finish it. Too many mythologies thrown together. Too many names for everything! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie | 8/2/2008

    " Well written, fun and inventive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noel | 7/9/2008

    " I am doing some young adult book vetting for a buddy of ours in the hospital. This book is quirky, but fun so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Morgan F | 3/22/2008

    " I absolutely detested this book. It was soooo slow moving. I couldn't finish the last few chapters. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is a Pulitzer Prize winner and the New York Times bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, the middle-grade book Summerland, and several others.