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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Ganek Narrator: Justine Eyre Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781400185641
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Half-sisters Cassie and Peck could not be more different. Cassie is a journalist with her feet firmly planted on the ground, and Peck is an actress with her head in the clouds. In fact, the only thing they seem to have in common is their inheritance.

Fool’s House is a broken-down home in the Hamptons left to Cassie and Peck by their Aunt Lydia, a house that she decreed they must share. But Cassie and Peck can’t afford the place, and they can’t agree on what to do with it. Plus, along with the house, they’ve inherited an artist-in-residence and self-proclaimed genius named Biggsy who seems to bring suspiciously bad luck wherever he goes. Cassie and Peck try to figure out their Aunt Lydia’s puzzling instructions to “seek the thing of utmost value” in the house, but as summer comes to a close, they seem no closer to coming to a decision.

The Summer We Read Gatsby is filled with fabulous parties, tempting romances, eccentric characters, and insider society details. It’s a sparkling novel that showcases Danielle Ganek’s pitch-perfect sense of style and wit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fun, witty, and surprisingly moving.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “[A] charming, entertaining, and brightly written summer read.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica Gant | 2/17/2014

    " so terrible I could not even finish it. "

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

    " Good book. Little higher level than a classic chick-lit book as it was more about two half-sisters trying to learn to like each other. I also really like the Gatsby tie in, makes me want to re-read the book and live a fabulous life in the Hamptons. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharla | 2/14/2014

    " I couldn't really get into this book... ended up calling it quits about 50 pages in. Just didn't keep my attention, or grab me in any way, so I decided to move onto the next one on my to-read list. "

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

    " Since I'm obsessed with Gatsby myself, I thought this was a fun fun fun read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 2/7/2014

    " Easy read with interesting characters - and you have to love anything that references The Great Gatsby this much! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria Halgren | 1/28/2014

    " So boring I would rather be doing laundry...save yourself the trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cher | 1/19/2014

    " Entertaining - a fun summer read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/18/2014

    " It certainly wasn't a fast paced read but the intriguing characters kept me turning pages to find out what would happen to them next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/12/2014

    " Fun read. Realtes to The Great Gatsby in an interesting way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Snow | 1/11/2014

    " Pure fun! The title promises a perfect summer read set in the Hamptons -- and that's exactly what you get. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/30/2013

    " A fine book for a beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evon | 12/29/2013

    " liked the sister's relationship and growing friendship. to predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 NuevoRain | 12/15/2013

    " Somewhat liked the characters, finished it, but little remember it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 12/7/2013

    " It took me 3 days to read this book during my commute to/from work. It'd have been a perfect book for reading in a single day on the beach...light, reading that has just enough suspense to keep you turning pages to find out what happens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 7/25/2013

    " A nice read. It's Gatsby inspired, as the title would suggest. The plot moves slowly, but that seems to be characteristic of the Southampton lifestyle the book portrays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Careyanne | 5/4/2013

    " Fun Summer read full of love in the Hamptons, complete with Long Island landmarks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan Coan | 4/16/2013

    " Cute, fast, surprisingly witty beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Klein | 4/1/2013

    " A feel good summer read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorie | 9/24/2012

    " Sunny and summery with a bit of mystery and romance all set in the Hamptons. Very fun with a sappy, happy ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruthie | 8/25/2012

    " predictable chick-lit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 12/7/2011

    " Story was good for a summer book. I got annoyed by all the social media (Facebook, Twitter) references. Seemed like the author was trying too hard to sound hip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolina | 10/28/2011

    " A fun read with interesting obervations about life in the Hamptons. Delves into the complex relationships inside complex modern families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeimy | 10/1/2011

    " It's a very light read, not too heavy on the Gatsby references but you don't need to have read Fitzgerald to enjoy it. The style is reminiscent of Jane Green. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 6/25/2011

    " So much fun! I got it from the library at 1:00 and just finished it at 6:30. Great, smart summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liseranner1 | 6/5/2011

    " it made me want to read The Great Gatsby "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghan | 6/3/2011

    " Cute, fast, surprisingly witty beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Careyanne | 5/29/2011

    " Fun Summer read full of love in the Hamptons, complete with Long Island landmarks. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 5/17/2011

    " This book started out as a fun, if not revolutionary read...but it was perfectly enjoyable in its standardness. But then the plot kind of ran off the rails, to the point where I skimmed the last 30 pages. But I guess wanting to know how it ends is a point in its favor. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyson | 5/1/2011

    " PRedictable and boring - couldn't finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 4/24/2011

    " I thought this was a great summer read and a good reference to the Great Gatsby "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2011

    " It was a little slow start, but I wanted to really like it. I kept plugging away and was disappointed that by the time the book really got interesting I had to stop reading because of the language. Too many "F-Bombs" for me. Sorry to say that it's now in my recycle bin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 4/8/2011

    " Read for book club. Mediocre and tried to be too much--a sweeping summer romance, quirky mystery, and playful chick lit. Didn't quite succeed at any of the above. "

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About the Narrator

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated dozens of audiobooks and has a prestigious Audie Award and seven AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt. Eyre is multilingual and known for her great facility with accents. She has appeared on stage, with leading roles in King Lear and The Crucible, and has had starring roles in four films on the indie circuit. Her television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.