OMG!!!!!! This was an amazing story. I totally forgot I had responsibilities until I was finished with this book. Wow, just wow!
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.
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...
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.
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I loved that I loved it I didn't know what to expect and it exceeded everything I thought.
Not sure. Such a different premise that I have not come across before.
I didn't like the narrator. Not the highly educated voice I was expecting. She sounded more like a teenage girl
Love like you've never expected
I'm an audiobook addict and blog about books at The Reading Date. My favorite genres are YA, New Adult, Fiction & Memoirs.
There is something about being stuck on a deserted island that’s intriguing. Well, reading about it that is. As someone who doesn’t even want to go camping for a weekend it’s my worst nightmare to be lost on an island, but the story fascinated me all the same. Like another island mystery, LOST, I felt compelled to keep listening and see how it would all turn out.
Anna is a thirty-year-old teacher who was hired to tutor sixteen-year-old T.J. over the summer. He’s in remission from cancer and has a lot of ground to make up. They board a seaplane to join T.J.’s parents in the Maldives. The pilot has a heart attack and crashes the plane in the Indian Ocean, leaving Anna and T.J. on their own and fighting for survival. They rely on each other to find food and shelter, and to fend off illness and vicious island creatures. Before long, the relationship is more man-woman than teacher-student, which brings on a whole new level of problem.
Anna and T.J. have to start from scratch to find a way to survive on the island. They have a few supplies from the plane that make it easier but it’s still pretty rough conditions. The island descriptions are vivid and I felt like I was right there with them. Some of the details were more than I wanted and I couldn’t imagine going through that situation.
The story is told in both Anna and T.J.’s POV, and I really appreciated getting both perspectives. Graves does a good job fleshing out the characters and making me care for them. When I started the book I wasn’t sure if I could buy into a relationship between the pair, but it did feel natural given the situation.
I listened to the audiobook of On the Island. The author published the audiobook herself and the narrator is Heidi Baker. The narration is not my favorite ever, but the story is so addictive that I zipped through it anyway. Sometimes it was hard to tell if T.J. or Anna was speaking, except in context, and ideally I would have preferred two narrators to make the voices more distinct. Baker has a bubbly voice and is a fast reader. I tend to like readers to read quicker rather than slower, though it wasn’t always the best choice for this book, which called for more tension and emotion. Listen to a sample to see if this audiobook is a fit for you.
On the Island is a good book to take on vacation, though it might make you nervous to read in-flight. It is easy to get lost in and has an easy, quick pace.
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.