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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,952 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780743539395
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What comes after the moment that forever changes your life?

This question haunts Julia Bechtel, Noah Prine, and Kim Collela, the only survivors of a terrible boating accident that claims the lives of nine other people off the coast of Maine.
Julia, a 40-year-old wife and mother, has always taken the path of least resistance. Feeling strangely connected to Noah, the divorced, brooding lobsterman who helped save her life, Julia begins to explore the unique possibilities offered by the quiet island of Big Sawyer, Maine. Suddenly, things that once seemed critical lose significance, and things that seemed inconsequential take on a whole new importance. With each passing moment, each new discovery, Julia grows more sure that after coming face to face with death, she must have more from life.
The Summer I Dared is a deeply moving story of the risky but rewarding search for self, and the irrepressible ability of the human spirit to rebound from disaster and to make life anew. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Delinsky excels at combining a compelling mystery with an insightful portrayal of captivating people facing challenges both ordinary and dramatic.” 

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  • “Tight pacing, realistic family portrayals, and deft narration make this compelling romantic suspense.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandi Sullivan | 2/19/2014

    " I loved this book. It had a little of everything. It was a book, again, i could not put down. It is rare for me to find books that I could not put down. I loved all the characters. The mystery could have been a little bit more dramatic, but ifyou get the whole "local law", and have a strong family sense, then a person would welcome it. Good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 2/14/2014

    " A book about a woman who is discovering herself after a scary accident that could have killed her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Dale | 2/2/2014

    " Great book next to the pool! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summer | 1/8/2014

    " I had a hard time caring about the characters at the beginning, but by the end I really was into it and wanted to know what was happening next. Good vacation book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/3/2014

    " The aftermath of a boat crash (traumatic event). It was a story about the journey of the female lead from a giver of all to someone who found her boundaries. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Morgan | 12/31/2013

    " This book never grabbed my attention. I struggled to finish it because it was my book clubs selection. I didn't feel there was any depth to the story and the theme has been done over and over again. Very predictable ending, no surprise at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tania | 12/22/2013

    " Randomly chosen from my pile(s) of books and it is book 94 of 2011 - aim 133 books in 2011 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 12/21/2013

    " The Summer I Dared is about a middle age women who is only one of three survivors of a small ferry boat accident. After this experience, she begins to think about what is really important in her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 12/20/2013

    " I loved this one!! it kept me reading for hours!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathytoran | 12/17/2013

    " As soon as I started reading this book I realized that I had read it before. Not sure when but I did remember a lot of the story but even so I completed reading it again and enjoyed it just as much. It might have something to do with the setting in Maine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keryn Strachan | 12/15/2013

    " Enjoyable read which is strangely empowering. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 11/28/2013

    " I like this author in general, but this story ended so sickening sweet. I was mad at the end. The characters lives ended up too perfect! I was not in the mood for a perfectly happy ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian Croup | 11/18/2013

    " I believe the target audience for this book is 14 year old girls. The book is fine but doesn't have much to offer. "

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

    " I loved this book. The lead male is a sexy lobster man. If you are looking for a little romance book, especially one that provides a place to escape to in the winter months, this is a fun one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Fernandez | 9/9/2013

    " Good book, but very predictable ending. Not one of Delinsky's better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Nolan | 8/4/2013

    " Eh, someone at work gave me this book. It was okay. For being a romancey novel, there certainly wasn't that much romancey stuff. However, I did finish it, so it couldn't have been that bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/25/2013

    " i learned a lot about lobsters and Maine and fishing boats. I found the mystery and drama a little unconvincing and the main characters a little too perfect. but it kept my attention all the way through "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leeann | 3/22/2013

    " Predictable story line, but none the less an enjoyable story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/17/2013

    " Really liked this for an easy summertime read. Loved the family dynamics and how they were repairing their relationships throughout the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anji Stewart | 12/24/2012

    " My first and favorite Delinsky novel. Beautifully written. These characters and their stories stuck with me Long, long after I finished the novel. I think I've read it a total of 4 times now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanne Hunt | 8/12/2012

    " The story was gripping from the start with the narrative of the ferry accident and the relational dramas were both believable and satisfying. I enjoyed the book for its vivid imagery and its hopeful message. To every tragedy there is indeed a redeeming feature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Gelert | 8/4/2012

    " This was a re-read for me. Pretty interesting and a lot of character study of broken relationships and finding who you are "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 12/13/2011

    " This book annoyed me. It had way too many characters that were way too predictable. I found that the book kept repeating itself and took a long time to get started. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/25/2011

    " New author to me.....loved her. The book makes me want to take a trip to the coast of Mains where this tale takes place. I also learned a lot about the rabbits, the daily care, the wonderul yarns make from their hair. The other extremely interesting and dangerous occupation lobster fishermen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 10/10/2011

    " Want a suspensful romance novel that is not as trashy as the ones in the grocery store check out line for a summer read then this is your pick. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 10/4/2011

    " I loved this book about survival, finding yourself, and starting over! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 9/8/2011

    " This isn't one of her most exciting books and the characters are fairly innocuous. However, this is a good beach read. In fact, I began reading it at the beach! *sigh* That was too long ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 7/2/2011

    " not my favorite Delinsky book - kind of a slow story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeannette | 6/28/2011

    " This was a good summer read. The plot followed a basically cookie-cutter theme, but there was enough "other" to make it worth reading. Plus, I really enjoyed the different characters and what they offered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 6/24/2011

    " Perfect for an easy summer read. Fairly predictible but the lobstering details and the island scenery enhanced the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joyce | 6/11/2011

    " I like Barbara Delinsky books and this was a very good summer read. Her characters are strong and you want to see what will happen next. I would definitely recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/9/2011

    " for book club. this would be a great book for vacation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacey | 12/20/2010

    " It was alright, not a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/12/2010

    " This may be one of my all time favorites. Good character development, great plot and I wanted it to go on and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 11/29/2010

    " I've been in a reading funk lately, so I was hoping that this light read would bring me out of it. Unfortunately, it didn't. It was a good book, and I'd read another by this author. Maybe something else will bring me out of the funk. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/24/2010

    " A trite peice of trash. Not even worth the pulp upon which it is written. I thought it was a book about female empowerment, but it is just a cheap romance novel. This is the first, and last book I will ever read by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judi | 7/18/2010

    " After giving me this book to read, my 91 year old grandmother assured me it was, 'not bad.' I am going to have to disagree. The characters were lifeless and the plot was predictable. Skip this one "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 7/10/2010

    " How near death can change your view of life. Great book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judi | 7/6/2010

    " After giving me this book to read my 91 year old grandmother assured me it was, 'not bad.' I am going to have to disagree. It was terrible. The characters felt lifeless and the plot was so predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 6/10/2010

    " I loved this one!! it kept me reading for hours!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lizpeveto | 5/22/2010

    " This author is usually an entertaining read and so is this book. If you want to understand lobstering - this is the right fictional book. When given a second chance at life, she has the courage to chart a new path even tho it is not an easy path. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 5/21/2010

    " This book annoyed me. It had way too many characters that were way too predictable. I found that the book kept repeating itself and took a long time to get started. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.