My heart is overflowing with so many emotions. OVERFLOWING, I tell you. On the Island is one incredible book! I wasn’t just reading it, I was living and breathing it. Thanks to Tracey Garvis-Graves’ amazing writing, I know Anna and T.J. I could feel their pain, loss, and joy right along with them. Tracey tells it like it is. She doesn’t idealize basic human needs. You’re stranded on an uninhabited island. If you drink bad water, you get sick. If you don’t shower, you smell. Plain and simple.
I LOVED that we get to experience everything from both Anna’s and T.J.’s POV. Despite everything they go through (which is A LOT), they remain strong and rely on one another. Over time, their relationship blooms beautifully. Facing the impossible doesn’t seem quite as bad when you’re not alone.
I can’t say enough good things about this book that will do it justice. You just need to read it for yourself. I know I will definitely read it (and listen to it) again and again.
This is a very NOT realistic story - its a fairy-tale with a plot sort of like the movie the Blue Lagune. Except of course that the characters in this book are adult (or for the male main character - teenager). It is not very well written and not really that good, just not really bad either. Narator is fine.
Missed opportunity to explore more social themes. Degenerates into a teenage romance novel.
Yes. Annoying voice. Sounded like a 78 rpm replay of a 45 rpm record.
I know I'm one of few who don't like this book. But the story is absurd, shallow and incredibly unbelievable. It had potential to be edgy and sexy, but then it would be a little too much like The Blue Lagoon, I suppose.
I was so disappointed with this book. Especially the climax/ending. It is written for a young adult and shouldn't be in the romance section.
When her string bikinis, makeup, hair products, birth control and stylish aviator sunglasses happen to wash onto the shore, I could have stopped listening. It was absolutely ridiculous.
There was a fun shark sequence, and I did listen to the majority of the book, that is why it gets two stars vs one...
No. The narrator talked so fast that it was making me anxious. I downloaded this on my ipod and had to slow down the audio to 1/2x. I loved the story though.
Anna and TJ's life on the island.
Well Sara Drew is my favorite narrator so I would take her in anything.
Addicted to Audible.
On the island is a short, cant stop listening audiobook! It was well written and I couldnt believe it was over when it ended.
The most memorable moment was when Ana and TJ were separated by the Tsunami. It was heart wrenching.
Love always finds a way
The story itself made the experience enjoyable. It's a heck of a read, taking listeners on a real edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride.
The growth of Anna and TJ, and the slow development of their relationship was definitely the best part of this book.
Needs more variety.
Narrator Heidi Baker did not change her voice at all when she switched between reading parts in Anna's voice and TJ's. As a result, it was very hard to stop and start listening in the middle of a section and quickly pick up where you were again--both characters sounded like a twenty-something female. Which, ironically, neither of them were. She's not a bad narrator, but definitely would not be my first choice for a book like this. I ended up wishing I'd had time to read the print version instead.
I had read this book and loved it so much I wanted to have the audio version, too.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the past 20 years, and this is without a doubt the worse narrated book I've ever listened to. The narrator reads it like it's a race ("Let's see how fast I can read this book!") with nary a breath between sentences, let alone paragraphs and chapters. If I didn't know the story, I'd have stopped listening about 5 minutes in. The intonation is inappropriate most of the time, too. This is a pretty somber story, but the narrator reads the words like she's channeling Wally from Leave it to Beaver (way to cheesy-earnest, when it should be subdued). Don't audio books have directors? If so, this one was sleeping on the job.
For any of you who haven't read the book, and the audio version is your first exposure to the story--don't give up! But, if you can't suffer through the audio version, get the book or ebook.
to much he does the talking then she does the talking , story was great
no this was my first