Summer I Dared

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Written By: Barbara Delinsky

Narrated By: Julia Gibson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2011

Duration: 15 hours 0 minutes


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.


  • Annie Frederick

    I thought the book was very interesting even though the 2nd half of disc 2 was not able to heard because of the condition of the tape. It really did take away from the story line. I think had I been able to hear all of the book I possibly could have rated it with more knowledge.

  • Anonymous

    This was very interesting. It is about a woman unsatisfied with her life, who does something about it.

  • Anonymous

    An OK read. Predictable and a little thin in content. A reasonably good look at the life a women who needed to and wanted to make some drastic changes in her life but quite superficial in its approach. A good book to bring to the beach for light reading and minimal thinking or concentration required.

  • Anonymous

    Better than most novels I have heard, but a little too unrealistic -- how could anyone be a doormat and miserable for so long and just go along with it? Then, out of the blue, her knight in shining armour . . . What was really going on? The heroine enjoyed a comfortable and unstressful lifestyle. Then, when her daughter left the nest, her attention went inward. She realized she was not getting enough attention. Granted her husband was "messing around" on her, but, she must have been such a BORE, who wouldn't? Anyway, she ran off and started over with another man, all fresh and new. Everybody knows that we all settle back down with the same "issues" mostly every time. In real life, she will be in the same rut in just a matter of time. Why? Because she wants to depend on somebody else to make her life meaningful instead of herself. Lazy woman.

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by Barbara Delinsky

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