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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,516 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Martin Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2008 ISBN:
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Christy finalist Charles Martin writes faith-based novels that engage believers and non-believers alike with their realistic and touching stories of Southern living. In a quiet rural town in South Carolina, the end of summer is bittersweet for Dylan Styles. Faced with a terrible tragedy, he must struggle to understand the dramatic change that has come over him. Life will never be the same for Dylan, but will his soul be darkened by heartbreak or galvanized through hope? Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacia | 2/19/2014

    " The book overall was good. It hit a little close to home for me, but wasn't too emotional, which was good. I don't like this style of book. Its very disconnected. You're reading the story and then all of a sudden the "talker" goes back in the past for an entire chapter explaining how he met and became friends with the person. Its just not my favorite way of writing... I wonder if its all first person. I probably won't be reading more from Charles Martin any time soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Baker | 2/15/2014

    " This book was amazing. Sad but beautiful. Discuss's how a man deals with his wonder christian wife being in a coma. He looses his faith for a little bit but regains it by doing some amazing things. At the end (view spoiler)[his wife comes out of a coma (hide spoiler)] Just comes to show miracles do happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamlyn | 2/14/2014

    " Just okay. Loaned to me by a friend; not something I would have read on my own. Too predictable, and found the writing style awkward in areas. Also, Christian fiction not my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/13/2014

    " Loved it, was on the edge of my seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 2/6/2014

    " My favorite Charles Martin book! The characters are easy to relate to and I just fell in love with them. I was sad when the book was over because I felt like I was losing a wonderful group of friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 2/4/2014

    " This book surprised me. One, the plot was very interesting but so was the main character. Two, it was very well written. It had me at the first page and I kept turning to see what would happen. Third, did NOT see the ending at all. Some people might be surprised by that, but I was so glad that I was totally wrong! I hate predictability in a book. I am surprised that I was taken away, which was also very nice. Some people might think the whole book was pretty simple, but sometimes, that's what it makes them so great! "

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

    " I thought this book started off slow, but at about pg 200, it took off and really captured me. Charles Martin writes so beautifully and honestly, it's hard NOT to enjoy his stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Chow | 1/20/2014

    " The writing is beautiful and the journey of the character was wonderful. I wish I had chosen a different time to read this book as three of my friends are pregnant and the plot is based on two scary deliveries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/17/2014

    " I have loved all the Charles Martin books I have read, and I am anxious to start Thunder and Rain. I read The Dead Don't Dance this week and I must say, I have enjoyed his later books better. As usual there is a very sad story but there are a lot of heartwarming scenes. Overall a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie Teeling | 12/13/2013

    " excellent--God meets all "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margie | 11/6/2013

    " Again, a great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 10/22/2013

    " My first book by this author. It is fiction by a Christian author, but I don't know that I would categorize it as Christian fiction - it is not overwhelming or "sappy" in its message, but has some good nuggets of truth about God's sovereignty in tragic events. Good story, well written, I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 10/22/2013

    " It was similar to his other books a nice uplifting book but it had some slow parts "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 9/15/2013

    " One day, when I have the proper time to dedicate, I will write a review for this book. One which will, hopefully, do this work of art some small justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 9/11/2013

    " Really great story of love, loss, life. Very well written & wonderfully moving book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 8/28/2013

    " Very sad...............not much else to say. Hope to never go through anything like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle Dumler | 4/30/2013

    " Really good book! Kind of a slow start but can't but it down after a while, you have to finish it so you can read Maggie (the sequel), its much better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 3/26/2013

    " Good book. Very quick and interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/28/2012

    " This book is a treat to read. The writing flows over you like a river. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 11/11/2012

    " Not my favorite....but didn't have to think too much on this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janeene | 10/17/2012

    " I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. Overall it was a good book, but there were a few parts that seemed to ramble that I ended up just skimming through...otherwise I would have given it a solid 4. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jolina Adams | 9/5/2012

    " My favorite Charles Martin book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 3/8/2012

    " In case you couldn't tell from my list, I love this author. His characters are wonderful and his settings are areas I'm familiar with so that is appealing to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miriam | 3/7/2012

    " I just started reading his books and they all have such great life lessons. Really makes you think and appreciate all that you have and cherish life's struggles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 2/16/2012

    " I much preferred one of the author's later books, "When Crickets Cry." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathi | 12/27/2011

    " One of the best books I have read recently. I read this is one sitting... which is pretty rare for me. I can't wait to read more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Poling | 12/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 11/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book and now am reading the sequel, Maggie. It's nice, once in a while, to read something not violent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley | 11/16/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to getting the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 10/3/2011

    " Not as Good as Chasing Fireflies, but considering it was his debut novel, it's not bad. A little too mushy/romantic for my liking - but I loved the character development of the students and the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 9/12/2011

    " I thought this book was good but a little predictable, and a little odd in spots. A dog in a hospital, and spelling trees and flowers in the hospital from outside? Just a few off things that created pet peeves for me, but overall the story was engrossing and Maggie a character I rooted for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Sandy | 7/19/2011

    " Enjoyed the story. It's refreshing to read about characters of faith and integrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 6/16/2011

    " This author never ceases to amaze me. What a voice! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/1/2011

    " It was kind of a challenging read for me. Seemed like it took me forever. I would say the last third or so is definately the best part of the book. I don't read a lot of books from a male perpective, it was different from some of the things I usually read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marlo | 5/24/2011

    " Not as good as When Crickets Cry or Chasing Fireflies, in my opinion, but still a good story. I liked the sequel, Maggie, more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/3/2011

    " I liked this one even more than the first of his books that I read. It was a quick read that keeps your attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 4/11/2011

    " Good read - a little depressing, but thoughtful and loving - The sequel I liked the sequel "Maggie" a lot more - I like the way Martin writes though - definitely worth reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 3/10/2011

    " Very sad...............not much else to say. Hope to never go through anything like that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/21/2011

    " Not one if my favorites by this author. It was a slow read and kind of depressing. It had a few happy moments, but mostly very sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 2/4/2011

    " not particularly exciting. this would be a great beach book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/3/2011

    " Not many books ellicit my emotions, but this one did. I enjoyed it more than expected. Highly recommended; nice clean read for those looking for that qualification. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2011

    " Good story - sad and yet hopeful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 12/7/2010

    " Pretty good for his first book, but have already read his most recent book, he has really come a long way. Keep writing, Charles! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/13/2010

    " This was a well written novel. It is a very sad subject, so be prepared to cry. I liked the progression the main character makes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 11/2/2010

    " Really great story of love, loss, life. Very well written & wonderfully moving book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacie | 10/28/2010

    " Not my favorite....but didn't have to think too much on this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 9/6/2010

    " Amazing, inspirational, christain book about dealing with the problem's life throws at you. "

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About the Author
Author Charles Martin

Charles Martin is the author of several novels. When not writing, his hobbies include bow hunting, working out, and Tae Kwon Do, in which he currently has a black belt, though he notes he is “the least flexible person you’ve ever met.” He lives with his wife, Christy, and their three sons in Jacksonville, Florida.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won fifteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.