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Firefly Lane

A Novel
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Series: Girls of Firefly Lane, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend.

Tully Hart seems to have it all: beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface, they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn; Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become 'TullyandKate' -- inseparable.

So begins Kristin Hannah's magnificent novel. Spanning more than three decades and playing out across the ever-changing face of the Pacific Northwest, Firefly Lane is the poignant, powerful story of two women and the friendship that becomes the mainstay of their lives. For 30 years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship: jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all, until a single act of betrayal tears them apart...and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Firefly Lane is for anyone who ever drank Boone's Farm apple wine while listening to Abba or Fleetwood Mac. More than a coming-of-age novel, it's the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices. It's about promises and secrets and betrayals. And, ultimately, about the one person who really, truly knows you - and knows what has the power to hurt you...and heal you. Firefly Lane is a story you'll never forget...one you'll want to pass on to your best friend.

©2008 Kristin Hannah (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Susan Ericksen gives an outstanding performance of the thirty-year friendship between Kate Mularkey and Tully Hart." ( AudioFile)

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Loved this book.

What a lovely storyline of two best friends over their years together . Great narration. Laughs, sadness, many parts of the book reminded me of parenting a teenage daughter and the dramas.

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Beautifully written

Kristin Hannah has a way with words that just sweeps you up and transports you to another place. In this book I experienced so many emotions from joy to heartbreaking sadness.
The characters are believable and relatable and I didn’t waNt the story to end.
A beautiful friendship that spanned 30 years this book will not disappoint.

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Amazing

What an amazing and moving story. I couldn’t stop listening. So easy to see your own life in it. Thank you!

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Genuinely 70's

An excellent narration of a genuinely 70's story of two women travelling through life together.

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Firefly Lane

This beautiful story touched on many of the insecurities we often experience as teenage girls and women, I often found myself holding my breath , getting cross and even crying ,at times hoping the situation would quickly be over , only to embrace the next that it would never end. Great writing thank you

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Great book! So worth listening to!!!

This audiobook tells a story of two best friends, what they go through and how important is friendship. Awareness to breast cancer is so important!, I love this story!!

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  • Lisa
  • 29-12-2010

Chick lit meets Forrest Gump

Although the last part of this book is a well-written tear jerker, I didn't buy the enduring friendship that's central to the book. Opposites attract, no problem. But it seems that this relationship borders on abuser and abused. There's nothing that Kate won't forgive Tully for and Tully's never wrong -- at least in her own mind. Neither female seems to learn and grow beyond much where they were as teenagers. The pattern repeats and repeats and repeats. Kate is likable and loving, but deserves more from a friend than she gets. Tully is self-centered and needy and even when she does things for others it seems to be driven by her own needs.I have a really hard time believing these two girls/women would be BFFs. Another problem is the jarring temporal references. I appreciate some atmospheric scene-setting, but the near-constant name-dropping, place-dropping "We were there" references induced memories of Forrest Gump meeting every important historical figure of his time. Apparently quite a few reviewers have found this as intrusive and obnoxious as I did.

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  • Alyssa
  • 27-01-2011

One of the most insipid, cliched books ever

I loved the time period for this book. The main characters grew up in the same decades that I did and the references to it are what I appreciate about the story and why I give the one star. That being said, it was downhill from there. Nothing happens in this book. At the writing of this I am halfway through the second part. It's killing me to get to the end but I have a thing about seeing something through. I wanted to write this now to save anyone else from wasting a credit. This book should be used in writing classes to exemplify what not to do. Awful!

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  • FanB14
  • 29-04-2013

Beachy Fare

Tully and Katie are best friends from teen years through adulthood. This is an easy listen, you can multi-talk without missing much. The story and characters are predictable and tedious.

Only listened to this because a great friend asked me to read the book and discuss. I detest this type of writing and could barely make it through. It was easier to listen than muddle through the actual book.

Hesitate to write this because lovers of this genre will click the "no" button numerous times, but just felt the need to share my opinion. My expectations were low and this was worse than I imagined.

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  • Josephine
  • 28-02-2009

Firefly Lane

Although the book was well written, it was much too long. There was not enough substance to warrant 17 hrs. of listening. I probably will not read this author again. I love long books but they must be more comprehensive. The narrator was superb however. I'll look for her again. This is my first review, and I felt the book needed comment.

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  • C. Hankins
  • 13-09-2008

slow read

This audio book should have been about 1/3 the length. Although the story is OK, it just dragged on so long the reader gets tired of the characters.
I wouldn't recommend it for a long car drive, as it may put you to sleep.

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  • Kelley
  • 08-05-2009

Wonderful Listen

Caught my attention from the very beginning and I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator really adds to the story and tells it wonderfully.

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  • S
  • 09-12-2009

if you loved Beaches....

this book is a Beaches rip-off. Vivacious girl befriends mousy brunette girl, shared man, lifetime friendship, jealousy, arguments, illness. Seriously.....just read/watch Beaches. It's not actually bad--just predictable and done before. How can she write this in good conscience?

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  • AB
  • 14-07-2012

This lifelong friendships gets a little old.

I enjoyed the childhood stories and development of the friendship. By the end, I was a little tired of the whole thing. I did not like the narrator, her voice was too old for the story.

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  • C Sir
  • 15-10-2019

Please please please end!

OMG, I'd return this but I've returned a couple of other books recently. I decided to slog through, but just looked down and, what? ...7 hours left and she's about to have twins? Predictable and slow...Narrator sounds like she's reading to a 3 yr old with inflections that are bout to drive me crazy.

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  • Lynn
  • 16-09-2014

Could not finish this book

I do not make it a habit of not finishing books, whether reading or listening. This, however, was an exception. The charactes are not sympathetic and it was difficult to care what happens to them. Even the narrator's voice could not save this dull, predictable story.

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  • Lyndall
  • 06-08-2008

Anyone for seriously good cake?

If you're about to read this book, get ready for one of the most sentimental, girly (and long) reads of your life! Get ready to plunge into a hot-tub of Americanness, and find a long, cool glass of all that's best about being a woman right at your elbow.

Actually, if I had to liken this book to just one thing, it would have to be a slice of extremely good chocolate fudge cake.

This has to be one of the sweetest, schmolziest books I?ve read in a long time, but it is totally morish, and I could no more have not finished it than I could leave a half-eaten slice of said cake (and I am a huge chocolate cake fan!). But don?t misinterpret me here - this book is in no way frothy or insubstantial. It might have all the irresistable gooey topping of the best chick lit, but it's rich and sumptuous too, with a whole lot of 'woman-complexity' hidden in it, not to mention the nourishing substance of a really good story.

As an avid consumer of audio books, I'd also have to credit the remarkable Susan Ericksen for her quality hot-fudge-sauce of a narration. She is a superb reader anyway, but she surpassed herself in this one, by managing to sustain two distinct 'voices' for the two main protagonists all the way through the book ... no clumsy accent or pitch differentiations, just a subtle difference in tone and intensity which kept you absolutely clear who was who all the way through.

I have rarely cried so much in one book (here the fudge cake analogy begins to fail a little!), and I have been obliged, as I so often am by sentimental
American novels, to reaffirm what really matters in my life. Now you can?t ask more than that from a decent piece of fudge cake, can you!

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  • JaquiP
  • 08-08-2019

Tears at the end but a sweet book

It's very reminiscent of Wings beneath my wind film.with Bette Midler and very sentimental but thoroughly enjoyable. A women"s story I'd say and although all the main characters got in my nerves at moments and I couldn't take to Mara ... There were truths in it about live and friendship. Currently not in speaking terms with my own much loved suster, I know time is always shorter than we suppose and love and friendship and family is ultimately what counts in life and the book resonated with me. I prefer her later novels, but this early one shows what a compelling writer Kristin Hannah is. Very good and with much heart.

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  • J. eatough
  • 06-04-2019

Wow what a read

Kristin does it again with a novel that has relatable experiences and takes you on a journey through the lives of a group of people from child hood throughout the decades. All emotional responses are required and indeed drawn from you .
As with all of the books I have read / heard by this author I am very much looking forward to the next book .

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  • Cornelia Frost
  • 20-09-2018

AMAZING!!

This is an AMAZINGLY book!! Every woman should read this with their BFF's!! I am going to share it with my BFF's today

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  • V_Nerdbooks
  • 02-01-2018

Grab those hankies, Sob-fest ahead!

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By the time I had finished this audio I was an uncontrollable blubbering wreck!

Erghhh this book is like a beautiful piece of art, I loved it so much.

It is about love, loss and above all else friendship!

Just grab it and read it you will not be disappointed !

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  • clarebear
  • 16-03-2020

beautiful, heartbreaking and realistic journey 💔

this book is for anyone who has had a friendship lasting over your lifetime.
following a 30 year old friendship between career hungry Tully and family minded Katy , the trials and tribulations of being children to teens to university and beyond.
this is so well told , I loved it

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  • G. Cohen
  • 03-03-2020

Great narration

It started off really well, but I felt that the end went on a bit too long