A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams – Audiobook Review

ahundredsummers zps8221ec9d pictureA Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams, narrated by Kathleen McInerney
Published in audio by Penguin Audio, published in print by Putnam Books, both imprints of Penguin Random House

Synopsis:

For Lily Dane, the summer of 1938 promises to be another quiet season at Seaview in Rhode Island. When the Greenwalds move into the old Burns house, though, Lily’s idyllic summer is shattered. Lily has a history with both of the Greenwalds, she and Nick Greenwald were an item seven years earlier, at the same time that his now-wife Budgie Burns was Lily’s best friend.

Thoughts on the story:

I really like the way that Williams structures A Hundred Summers, alternating between 1938 when the Greenwalds have invaded Lily’s quiet life in Seaview and 1931 when Lily, Budgie, and Nick were seniors in college and Lily and Nick fell in love. It helps maintain the narrative tension, as events in both time periods are being teased out, and the revelations of the past (1931) are generally arranged perfectly to reflect on the present (1938). There are some events that I saw coming a mile away, but Williams kept me interested in the process of how and why things happen, as well as the reaction of her characters when they learn hard truths. By the end, I was disappointed to leave Williams’s world.

Thoughts on the audio production:

Initially I was slightly confused by the jumping of the time periods in audio, but that’s mostly my fault because I don’t really pay close enough attention to dates at the beginning of chapters. I’m bad about it in both print and audio, but in audio I can’t go back and check easily, so it is more of an issue. Once I figured out the rhythm, though, it was easy to follow along. Kathleen McInerney does an absolutely fabulous job with the audio. Her voices are fabulous, particularly her voice for Budgie Burns, which was absolutely fabulous.

soundbytes pictureOverall:

A fun historical novel. I don’t think you can go wrong with this either way, but Kathleen McInerney’s expert narration adds so much that I would remiss not to urge you to listen.

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6 comments to A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams – Audiobook Review

  • I haven’t written my review of this audiobook, but I agree. The narrator was wonderful and I really enjoyed the story.

  • I felt exactly the same way about the narrator. She was awesome!

  • I wish I’d known that Kathleen had narrated this. She is an old friend from acting school and such a great narrator (she does a wonderful job with kids’ books, too, especially some of the Ramona books and one of our family favorites, Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath.
    For the record, I was very confused in the first few chapters as to who was who and when it was, but I think that was part of the crumb leaving that Williams was doing, which did make for some fun reveals.

  • I have this in print and have hesitated to read it for some reason. Maybe I need to pick up the audio.

  • I keep saying that I am going to start doing audio books, and I still haven’t. But I am going to keep an eye on your meme to see if anything catches my attention. Good luck.

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