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Summer Sisters

By: Judy Blume
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss,Mark Deakins,Cassandra Campbell,Rebecca Lowman,George Newbern,Xe Sands,MacLeod Andrews,Ari Fliakos,Michael Crouch,Saskia Maarleveld,Dawn Harvey,Brittany Pressley,Everette Plen,Judy Blume
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Publisher's Summary

Number one New York Times best seller

In the summer of 1977, Victoria Leonard’s world changes forever when Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Dazzling, reckless Caitlin welcomes Vix into the heart of her sprawling, eccentric family, opening doors to a world of unimaginable privilege, sweeping her away to vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, an enchanting place where the two friends become “summer sisters”.

Now, years later, Vix is working in New York City. Caitlin is getting married on the Vineyard. And the early magic of their long complicated friendship has faded. But Caitlin begs Vix to come to her wedding, to be her maid of honor. And Vix knows that she will go - because she wants to understand what happened during that last shattering summer. And, after all these years, she needs to know why her best friend - her summer sister - still has the power to break her heart.

With a note read by the author, Judy Blume.

Audiobook Cast of Narrators:
Sophie Amoss as Vix
MacLeod Andrews as Bru
Cassandra Campbell as Abby
Michael Crouch as Daniel
Mark Deakins as Ed
Ari Fliakos as Gus
Dawn Harvey as Regina
Rebecca Lowman as Tawny
Saskia Maarleveld as Phoebe
George Newbern as Lamb
Everette Plen as Sharkey
Kirsten Potter as Dorset
Brittany Pressley as Paisley
Xe Sands as Tricia
Phoebe Strole as Maia

©2009 Judy Blume (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Compulsively readable...[Blume’s] powers are prodigious.” (The New York Times Book Review)
 

“As warm as a summer breeze blowing through your hair, as nostalgic as James Taylor singing ‘How Sweet It Is’. You remember. So does Judy Blume. How sweet it was.” (Chicago Tribune)
 

“An exceptionally moving story that can leave the reader laughing and crying...sometimes at the same time.... Blume creates a rich tapestry of characters.” (The Denver Post)

“Blume’s characters still tend to hover after the book is set aside.... She catches perfectly the well-armored love between longtime female friends.” (The Seattle Times)

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Not one of her best

This book was definitely NOT my taste or style. Didn't even get to the middle. I think it's too graphic about young girls and their sexuality. Just not something I cared for.

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One of my very favorite books.

I started reading this book when I was 12 or so, and have read it every few years since. I've always wanted a friendship like Vix and Caitlin, but this story is a good reminder: love usually ends in heartbreak. Still, beautifully told.

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Good story and decent performance

I appreciated the audio remake of this book. The performance tended to put certain themes relationships between women, teenage girls' sexuality in an updated context. At times, I did miss Kate Readings interpretation of Caitlin. Readings huskier tones for Caitlin tended to project the false sense of maturity that she had; where as Amoss interpretation was that of a little girl who never grew up. Not a criticism, but an observation.

My favorite part though, is Judy Blume's explained of the background that led to her writing the book. Very information and interesting!

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Old favorite made new

This has been a favorite book of mine since high school and I’ve read it more times than I can remember. I get something new from it every time I read it, probably because of where I am in my own life when I take it in. Listening to it this time instead of reading it myself made it new for me all over again and I really enjoyed hearing characters I’ve only heard in my head for so long. I thought it was really well done.

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An 80's throwback

Love Judy Blume and all she has ever written and this one does not disappoint!!

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Love these full cast audio recordings

The first adult Judy Blume novel I've listened to, and it won't be the last. Great story, great voice cast too, and I recognize most of the narrators from other works they've been part of. An excellent story, great characters as well.

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Don’t waste your money

I was disappointed by the lack of character development and poor plot. I do not recommend it

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One of my favorite books

I love Summer Sisters. I have read this book so many times over the years and it never gets old and when I saw it was redone with a cast, I had to get it. I have both versions of the audio book and, while I love the different narrators for each part, I did not enjoy the narrator for Victoria. She sounds bored and emotionless throughout the book. For me, the voice just doesn't match the character.

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Great listen!

I grew up reading Judy Blume so I was excited to listen to this book and of course she did not disappoint. This story took me back to a lot of her other books I read in junior high, but had an adult flaor to it. It was a very good read. I enjoyed the story. I listened to this book in about three days. I recommend this if you're looking for a quick but exciting listen.

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I read SUMMER SISTERS when it first came out and revisited it on audiobook.

The story of two unlikely friends spanning summers in Martha’s Vineyard. Poor little rich girl Caitlin invites her sixth grace classmate Victoria to spend vacation with her. Caitlin’s family include the Victoria in their lives.

SUMMER SISTERS is at times bleak, but Judy Blume kept me interested, however if Blume hadn’t written the book, I’d never have picked it up.