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Audiobook Review | Beth Labonte – Summer at SeaSummer at Sea by Beth Labonte
Published by Beth Labonte on April 24, 2015
Genres: Romantic Comedy, Chick Lit
Narrator: Erin Spencer
Length: 8 hours 9 minutes
Pages: 239

Four jackets of varying weights, enough socks for the entire Confederate Army, three umbrellas, most of the antacid aisle from the local pharmacy, and six pairs of old people sneakers that all look exactly the same.

Have you ever helped your parents pack for a weeklong cruise?

No? I didn't think so. So shut it.

So begins vacation for Summer Hartwell - twenty-six years old, living with her anxiety-ridden parents, and unwillingly booked by her brother on a weeklong cruise to Bermuda. Despite the nightmare of being trapped aboard a cruise ship with Mom and Dad, Summer sees a rare opportunity to fulfill The Prophecy – her mother’s declaration that she will live at home until she gets married. With two thousand passengers onboard, at least one of them must be husband material, right?

The only problem is Graham Blenderman – her brother’s best friend who is joining them for the week, in all of his tall, blonde, extroverted glory. Graham doesn’t believe Summer needs a husband in order to break free from her parents. He thinks she just needs a little bit of nerve. And to Summer’s introverted horror, he’s willing to spend the entire week proving that he’s right.

My Review

When an author can work in references to both Doctor Who and the summer beach job episodes of Saved by the Bell, you can bet I’ll be reading that book. Or listening. Thankfully, Beth Labonte’s books are in audio (with an amazing narrator!) so I was able to devour both in a relatively speedy fashion. Well, as speedily as an audio book allows without changing the speed to make the narrator sound like a chickmunk. (Yes, I wrote that correctly. Apparently, that’s how I said it when I was little. Lol!)

I’ve been trying to think of a “good way” to describe my recent listen, SUMMER AT SEA. “Freaking awesome” keeps coming to mind. I don’t know how Beth does it, but she captured me in the first chapter and made it difficult to want to be working instead of focusing on listening to said freaking awesome story. I usually don’t get a chance to listen to my audio books at home because I’m working and can’t focus on the story, but I did this time. I couldn’t wait until the next morning commute to listen more. Rumor has it (and by “rumor”, I mean Beth’s website) that a sequel to Summer at Sea is in the works! I’ll be dropping everything to read on release day!!

Note: If you’re not a fan of “strong language”, you’re forewarned now. It’s not terrible in my opinion. But I generally speak the same way, so it was like listening to a friend talk.

Second note: I interviewed Beth this week and she spoke a bit about Summer at Sea. Swing over and see what she had to say!

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About Beth Labonte

Beth Labonte received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She worked as an administrative assistant for fourteen years, turning to writing as her creative outlet in an excruciatingly mundane corporate world. Beth now writes full-time and resides in Massachusetts.