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Publisher's Summary

Enjoy the adventures of eleven year-old Portia, who together with her younger brother, Foster, spend a summer with their cousin, Julian, engaged in more than the usual summer pastimes of sun, fun, and games. The three intrepid children soon discover a fascinating abandoned summer resort, consisting of deserted crumbling Victorian summer homes surrounding a vanished lake, which is now a swamp. But, best of all, they discover and befriend an elderly eccentric brother and sister who tell them the story of Gone-Away Lake.
©1957 Elizabeth Enright, copyright renewed 1985 by Nicholas W. Gillham, Oliver Gillham, and Robert Gillham II (P)2003 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A brilliance and a humor that make it seem as if it were happening right this minute." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A beautifully written, wonderfully imaginative story." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • RV Miles + Our Wandering Family
  • 12-09-2016

Delightful, if not slightly dated, story

We listened to this as part of a monthly book club and honestly I'm not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if I'd been the one reading. Certainly there are places where the time of the book comes into play and that did spark a couple of "girls can absolutely do that" comments from me, overall the book was a quick and engaging listen.
While the storyteller often had some rather annoying sounding voices I absolutely commend her for the ability to distinguish and handle so many different characters.
The story is very simple, but sweet and both my 9 and 6 year old boys enjoyed it. Often asking me to play one more chapter. If you are looking for an easy listen story that children of multiple ages May enjoy than I recommend GONE AWAY LAKE

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  • Donna
  • 25-07-2006

Great Summer Read

My daughter and I loved this book. It was a wonderful relaxing summer adventure. We wanted to be those children!

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  • Shiloah Baker
  • 29-06-2015

Well written and delightful!

This is a book that loves children! It's a charming story filled with a delightful adventure. My children loved this book. We look forward to the sequel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-12-2020

Elizabeth enright : best writer

Um this book is Jamaze the narration could have been better but it still is so good I also recommend the Saturdays 👍👍👍👍

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  • anabanana
  • 15-07-2020

Sweet Summer Story

My kids and I were entranced. It made us wish for our own Gone Away Lake.

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  • Goldie
  • 21-06-2020

Sweet and calm <but dated>

Similar vibe to Melendys or Penderwicks but without spark! Girls mostly scream and like curtains.

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  • mothermayI
  • 02-12-2019

Wonderful!

The narrator was excellent, supreme use of English and a captivating storyline with very down to earth characters.

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  • SC
  • 07-08-2019

Wonderful family story, Excellent narrator

We enjoyed this very much and are looking forward to hearing Return to Gone Away next!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-2019

Great for a casual reader, but not a relevant book

This book was part of our history curriculum, but I don't see how it added any value. Much like her other book "Thimble Summer", it was an easy going story. There wasn't a lot of relevant information, it didn't even seem to represent life at the time. A very dull story. I'm sorry I wasted my Audible credit on it.

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  • B. Reinhard
  • 25-09-2018

Just as wonderful as my memory of it!

This was one of my favorite books when I was young. It filled me with a sense of adventure, a desire to explore my environment and the belief that magical, wonderful things can happen at any time. As an adult I realize that this story also gave me a healthy dose of lessons in work ethic, gratitude, kindness, courage and empathy. My 5 kids and I (ages 6-11, both boys and girls) listened to this audio recording together and they related to it every bit as much as I hoped they would. Every time we climbed into the car (where 98% of our book listening happens) they immediately asked me to "turn the book on!" and they sighed with disappointment when we had no more to listen to (until I told them there is a sequel!). Colleen Delaney is an excellent narrator, able to do convincing voices for each character without taking you out of the story and an easy-going lilt that just sounds friendly. You will be swept up in the scene descriptions and fall in love with Pinder and Minnehaha, Julian and Portia and all of the other well-imagined friends. Listen to this book!!!! And then go and get a copy so you can read it to yourself and enjoy the pen and ink illustrations. Gone-Away Lake is a classic.

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  • Trevell
  • 18-11-2017

Adored this

My only regret is that I didn't have the luck to read this as a child. I know how much I'd have loved it. Never mind, I've read it as an old lady and brother, what fun!
It could be considered anodyne in that nothing bad happens and everyone is lovely but she does it so well that that doesn't bother me. In the future when I'm ill or down, this is the book for me. I also loved the the narration by Colleen Delany. She brought the characters to life in all their quirkiness.

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  • Mzm
  • 12-03-2020

Booklover25

I enjoyed it it was amazing and I would recommend to people who like family books.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-11-2016

Excellent Easy Listening

Great family story,, set in an abandoned holiday resort. No technology involved and plenty of freedom for the kids.

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