[Download] A Hundred Summers By Beatriz Williams

A Hundred Summers

By: Beatriz Williams
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
Length: 11 hours
Release date: May 30, 2013
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (178 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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As the 1938 hurricane approaches Rhode Island, another storm brews in this New York Times bestseller from the author of The Secret Life of Violet Grant and Along the Infinite Sea.

Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It's an escape not only from New York's social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.

But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald-Lily's former best friend and former fiancé-have arrived, too, and Seaview's elite are abuzz. Under Budgie's glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.

As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever...

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32 Responses to “[Download] A Hundred Summers By Beatriz Williams”

  1. Angelia F.

    Wow, What a Sh*t Ending
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  2. Stormy B.

    Perfect Book!
    Back in time one car learn and admire the passages of important events. This is a true vivid story of what I heard from my grandparents. I was so involved on the story, the narrative is amazing!

  3. Marty Misenhimer

    Lacked suspense
    A couple of good characters but story was expected. I enjoyed the description of the old families in Rode island.

  4. Efren L.

    Contrived but sweet
    Typical love story.. very contrived but sweet. Made my commute pass by easily. Ready for a thriller next though.

  5. Felipe Mccraig

    Great story! Author has a clever gift of dialogue
    What disappointed you about A Hundred Summers?

  6. Joe Felder

    Most of the story is a downer.
    I was depressed and grieving. But there is a happy ending.

    What could have been a romance story, instead is written as a tragedy. The book starts (the first 14 pages) with Nick married to Budgie in 1938. They are spending the summer next door to Lily. Then through flashbacks we see how Lily and Nick met seven years earlier and fell in love. It was a wonderful love story, but we know they will break up, and Lily is alone and grieving and still loves Nick in 1938. So for 85% of the book I am grieving. I am depressed. And the main mystery and suspense is WHY did they split? I can’t enjoy a developing relationship when I know a bad end is coming – like the Titanic. By the way, readers who liked the Titanic love story will probably like this – readers who have a desire for tears. If it were turned around and written as a romance, it could have been wonderful – for me. The couple meets, falls in love, has a separation, and gets together at the end. But this is the story of WHY did the disaster happen, instead of love, hope, and anticipation about a relationship.

    Another problem is the flashback method. The author kept jumping back and forth – with cliffhangers. It was artificial suspense – stopping in the middle of scenes. I would have enjoyed this so much more if it were done in chronological order. The flashbacks and jumping around continued for 85% of the book. A cliffhanger example, page 11: Nick is playing football, is injured and on the ground. We don’t know if he’s dead or alive or what happened, and the scene switches to seven years later.

    The reasons for the break up and why Nick married Budgie were kind of stupid. This is one of those “if they would have had a conversation there would have been no break up.” They made assumptions and didn’t talk to each other. They were truly in love which meant they should have cared how the other was feeling and at least attempted a conversation, but they did not.

    There was also a plot hole (for me) regarding Lily’s parents. I wanted to see the mother more fleshed out – her motivations, actions, and words. There was a lot going on between the parents and between the parents and Lily that I wanted to see.

    Lily was a self-sacrificing helper, naive, clueless, and a little stupid in the sense of putting herself in danger or sacrificing her own needs because she believed someone needed her help – which wasn’t really that helpful or necessary. She needed a friend to say “Come on Lily you need to do this” or “Lily don’t do that.” I’m ok with heroines who are not smart, but I was getting a little tired of her worries about and saying “he/she needs me.”

    My favorite part was in the epilogue – what Nick did and why during World War II. I had tears of admiration for him.

    The narrator Kathleen McInerney was ok, but I did not like her voice for Graham – oddly hard and forced.

    Genre: womens fiction

  7. Zackary Cearley

    Just OK.
    Any additional comments?

  8. Dave Wydler

    I really enjoyed this book but..
    I loved this book, and I’m so happy that it came highly recommended to me from NPR. However, I almost didn’t make it through because the first hour or two was incredibly droll. I knew it would be worth it so I kept pushing through.
    Then, I couldn’t put it down. Audiobooks are usually a only-when-driving listen for me, but I found myself listening while cooking, working, and before falling asleep. It was a beautiful escape and took me back to a time of obsessive love, girlfriend cattiness, pure intentions, and blissful passion.

    I would rank the narrator as my current favorite on service. Her range with the voices is very good, and I appreciate the pep and cadence.

    I only gave a lower overall rating because of how tough the beginning was to get through.

  9. MS

    Awesome book! Picked it partially because of the narration, she was super good! I liked the time period of the book and the real life story about Nick and Lily. It held my interest and it was over to fast. Will listen again and highly recommend!

  10. Oswaldo Rampey

    Captivating Period Romance
    Pure and simple this is a gripping love story that spans nearly a decade in the lives of Lily, Nick and Budgie. Lily has come to Seaview, Rhode Island where her socialite family has a summer home. She plans to relax and spend time getting over the difficult breakup with her fiancé, Nick. Budgie, Lily’s best friend suddenly appears with Nick and surprisingly they are married (gasp), which sends Lily into a heartbreak like she has never known before because she knows that she still loves him. The pain of the breakup and spending time with Nick and Budgie is almost more than she can bear. Alternating from 1931 to 1938 the author brings the two time periods together giving you a good picture of the astonishing story of these three people as they head into major hurricane that will change life for everyone.

    I love period stories and this one is enthralling and hard to put down. I also like a good romance that is told with elegance and grace and pulls you into the story so far that you feel like you are right there on the beach with them. The 1938 major hurricane was very real and the worst one that the East Coast has ever seen. It looks as though the author researched this time period carefully. She cleverly used it as a metaphor for the volatile relationship of the three longtime friends while working it into a breathtaking and intense novel.

    I immensely enjoyed the narrator, Kathleen Mcinnerney.

  11. Frank Olesnevich

    well balanced read.
    love, drama, life and death. it is all in this well written book. I usually don’t take the time to write feedback although this book deserved the effort.
    thank you for the great book.

  12. Bryon R.

    Longing for summer
    What did you love best about A Hundred Summers?

  13. Marquitta Woodfolk

    What did you love best about A Hundred Summers?

  14. Debora Cinotto

    Loved this!
    What did you like best about this story?

  15. Melda Blackbum

    a book you will listen to more then once!
    I love this book and have listened to it 5 times!!! It is a great summer book for road trips or a day at the beach.

  16. Molly M. Hooley

    Not My Style
    Not my style of book. Written for the reader who enjoys a romance with a lot of drama. Twists were predictable and characters didn’t change as the plot moved forward.

  17. nanette

    What would have made A Hundred Summers better?

  18. Ericka Michaels

    Great Read!
    This was one of my favorite books I have ever read! Great start line and loved the historical references!

  19. Jane

    Light but not lame
    An enjoyable listen. Slightly on the fluffy side but enough fibre to provide reasonable substance. Very good narration helps a lot.

  20. Claude Bordon

    Entertaining "brain candy"
    Any additional comments?

  21. Rina Skolfield

    You will not want to Pause
    Where does A Hundred Summers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  22. Keenan Sweeting

    Good Beach Read
    Where does A Hundred Summers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  23. Kennith Oliveria

    Not Bad Not Great
    A Hundred Summers is Beatriz Williams’ second novel, the first being Overseas. A Hundred Summers is a story of friendships, betrayals, old families and guarded secrets. The audiobook was an easy listen and thought Kathleen McInerney did a fine job narrating.

    The story alternates between 1931/1932 and 1938. In 1931 we meet up with the main characters Lily Dane and Budgie Byrne where they are attending college football game to watch Budgie’s boyfriend, Graham Pendleton play. Here Lily meets Nicholsen Greenwald at a game, and fall instantly in love with each other but with Nick being Jewish they become star cross lovers. Fast forward to 1938 to Seaview, RI where Lily has arrived at her family’s summer home with her Mother, Aunt and 6 year old sister, Kiki. And who shows up, her former best friend Budgie with former fiancé, now recently married Nicholsen Greenwald. Seeing that Lily is still single Budgie tries to match up her old boyfriend Graham Pendleton – who just happens to be a relief pitcher for the Yankees. But there is a storm brewing, the ties between Lily and Nick are too strong, the Budgie/Nick marriage is not all that it looks to be and Graham is not very trustful – threw in the Hurricane of 1938 for added.

    The characters are where I had my issues. I could not find one redeeming thing about Budgie and I think the author realized that as well as she throws you a little curve ball towards the end. I had no empathy for Lily, I could understand Lily being naïve in 1931 but to stay naive for 7 years was a bit too much. Her relationship with her little sister (or was it her sister), Kiki was a bit over the top.

    I really would have liked to have given this book 4 stars for I felt it was well written but I found the story very predictable and several of the main characters quite annoying – so 3 ½ stars.

  24. Val S.

    It’s my favorite!!!
    I love this book so much! I think I’ve listened to it about 5 times and I never get tired of it. The narration is amazing and I love all the drama and scandal within the plot.

    Can’t wait to listen to it again. 🙂

  25. Orlando Maull

    Absolutely awful!
    What disappointed you about A Hundred Summers?

  26. Adan Dasouza

    Charming Story
    What made the experience of listening to A Hundred Summers the most enjoyable?

  27. Vinnie Caplan

    Keeps you Guessing
    What made the experience of listening to A Hundred Summers the most enjoyable?

  28. Arletta Essaid

    Great story, but…
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Hundred Summers to be better than the print version?

  29. September R.

    This book consumed me
    I got this book on a friend’s recommendation and I am so glad I did. I could not stop thinking about this book and stayed up late multiple nights in a row to listen to it. Wonderful story, well written. I also love it when I read books that don’t have completely obvious endings and this one fits into that category. I’m sad it is over but thrilled I found it. It is not your typical love story yet I was captivated. I highly recommend it to anyone.

    It would make an excellent movie. Hint hint to anyone who can make it happen.

  30. Daron D.

    There isn’t a doubt in my mind to how much I enjoyed this book. The characters, the romance and the secrets were enticing leaving you to want more. I strongly recommend this book!

  31. Darius Ritchhart

    Keeps you interested the whole time!!
    Any additional comments?

  32. Lace

    This book passed the time, but I wouldn’t recommend it to a good friend. The storyline was a bit superficial and predictable.

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