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I thought this would be a pleasant Young Adult novel (aka, light literature). Instead, ten minutes into it I was hooked and spent the rest of the day listening to the end. Yes, I agree that the narrator could have done a better job of differentiating the two main characters, but the story was well-paced and compelling. Tracey Garvis Graves excels at the subtleties of relationships, and has an unusual understanding of teenage boys. Entirely satisfying.
I enjoyed the book, although I thought there were a few too many convenient coincidences. My main complaint was the narrator. She reads well, but fails to differentiate between the voices, so they all sound the same. For a while I wondered who the third person was on the island. Without any distinction it's difficult to remember who's talking at any given time. Still, I gave it four stars for the enjoyable story.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
I bought it on sale based upon the great reviews, but I was disappointed with this purchase. In fact, I may ask for my money back on this one. The plot holds no surprises, the ending is never a mystery, the characters are likable but simple, and the narration is poor with no delineation between the characters.
Not once was there a surprise in the story. Well, actually I was surprised by how often the author jumped past huge chunks of time. The time sped by without any real analysis of the meat of the story -- life on the island.
It was impossible to delineate the voices. Every character had the same sound ... pacing, tone, accent, everything was exactly the same for every character including the two leads.
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.
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.
Yeah it was an interesting tale of survival. It made me a realize how helpless I would would be in a survival situation.
She did a really good job with all the characters!
I don't want to spoil anything. But it was moving... I think I cried.
This is not great literature, but the story line was well thought out and the author tied up all loose ends. As a Romance novel, it was entertaining, though a little tedious, and without much lasting value. Overall, the book seemed like a sophomore effort. I would not read this book over again, nor recommend it to a friend as a "must read." Still, it flowed well and shows talent, despite it's overly simple story line. The book covers the " lost together on a deserted island" theme, as well as can be expected. Sort of a "Fantasy island with survival hardships." Younger man falls for the older and experienced woman. Bottom line: It passed the time, but didn't stir the soul.
My most lasting impression was that the performer had an obnoxious voice and weird affect. I was glad when I finally finished the audio book and I could stop hearing her speak. I was happier still that I got the audiobook on a special sale. It's worth $4.99, but not more.
She is a good writer, but needs a deeper story line...I'd read her work again. She has the ability to write a great book.
Definitely could have been better.
OMG!!!!!! This was an amazing story. I totally forgot I had responsibilities until I was finished with this book. Wow, just wow!
I'd read the book and loved it so when I saw the audio version I had to have it. I can barely force myself to listen. The narrator sounds so chipper and ditzy even in the very difficult circumstances they encounter struggling to survive on the island... ruining the story. I kept feeling like I was listening to a commercial where the voice tries to pack umph into every word to sell a product... so not appropriate for a book. She also made no effort to sound different when she's being Anna or TJ (the main characters) making it really difficult to tell them apart. In addition she reads way too fast. And that's all she does is read it straight with no nuance or feeling for the emotion or sentiments being expressed. Narration either makes or breaks an audiobook. Unfortunately Heidi Baker's narration breaks this wonderful sweet romance. If I could give the narration 0 stars I would. Because of the awful narration I have to give it an overall 3 stars but the story is just amazing... do yourself a favor skip the audio and get the kindle or paperback.
Loving all things that go bump in the night
The story. It's a beautiful story of survival - both on the island and off - and of the lengths people will go to for the ones they love, even it if that means letting go.
Impossible. I love Anna and TJ equally.
I only need two: Too fast.
I'd take 'em both out...just to be super creepy and watch them being happy together.
Heidi did an all right job with the reading, but she needed to seriously slow down. There was little to no pause between description and dialogue and I started getting the feeling I was late for something because she was rushing through telling me the story. It was also really difficult deciphering if we were in TJ's voice or Anna's. I think the audiobook would have benefited from dual readers - one for TJ and one for Anna.