• The Narrowboat Summer

  • By: Anne Youngson
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (84 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Narrator Helen Lloyd's consistent pace and subtle British inflections enhance this sweet story about seizing the day with friends." (AudioFile magazine)

From the author of Meet Me at the Museum, a charming novel of second chances, about three women, one dog, and the narrowboat that brings them together.

Eve expected Sally to come festooned with suitcases and overnight bags packed with everything she owned, but she was wrong. She arrived on foot, with a rucksack and a carrier bag. “I just walked away,” she said, climbing on to the boat. Eve knew what she meant.

Meet Eve, who has left her thirty-year career to become a Free Spirit; Sally, who has waved goodbye to her indifferent husband and two grown-up children; and Anastasia, a defiantly independent narrowboat-dweller, who is suddenly landlocked and vulnerable.

Before they quite know what they’ve done, Sally and Eve agree to drive Anastasia’s narrowboat on a journey through the canals of England, as she awaits a life-saving operation. As they glide gently - and not so gently - through the countryside, the eccentricities and challenges of narrowboat life draw them inexorably together, and a tender and unforgettable story unfolds. At summer’s end, all three women must decide whether to return to the lives they left behind, or forge a new path forward.

Candid, hilarious, and uplifting, Anne Youngson's The Narrowboat Summer is a celebration of the power of friendship and new experiences to change one’s life, at any age.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2021 Anne Youngson (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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The book dragged

It wasn’t that the characters in this book were unlikable, it’s that I didn’t find them particularly believable. They lacked dimension, and the story didn’t gel like I hoped it would. The whole book was disappointing, which was sad because the subject matter (longboats/travel/adventure) is interesting. Expecting a lazy, relatable ‘read’ while traveling alone across country, I was instead bored and sometimes actually annoyed. Not a fan.

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Feel good and a good story, too

The Narrowboat Summer is a treat for those of us old enough to understand what we have learned about life and open to understanding what we have yet to learn. The setting is wonderful - I have traveled on English narrowboats myself - the characters well drawn, it is well paced, and offers an evolving plot that keeps one intrigued. 2 middle aged women, strangers, & fresh from momentous life changes, spontaneously take on a lengthy narrowboat trip to help it's owner, also a stranger and facing unwanted life changes. They review life, grow, change, retreat, endure ... and rediscover themselves in their shared and individual journeys. Loved it.

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Memorable

Audible reports that I have downloaded more than 1000 books, and this one is one of my favorites. It is original and beautifully written. The narration was perfect. I truly did not want it to end.