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.
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
Say something about yourself!
to much he does the talking then she does the talking , story was great
no this was my first
For me it ranks on the top. I will share this one with my listening friends.
Both of them. Believable.
Too many to say just one.
Anna, I could identify with her on so many levels.
I'm married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Love to read books, and love to listen to audio books. Genre's UF/Sci-Fi/ dystopian/ fiction and mystery/thrillers
Not sure why people are complaining about the narrator I thought she did a good job. I gave her 4 stars because she didn't change her voice when switching between characters, but that didn't take away from the book at all, The way the author wrote the book you didn't need the voices to change, you knew when it was Anna or T.J.'s POV.
I expected more substance. The characters were shallow and underdeveloped. The story was predictable.
Made the characters more believable. Getting stuck on an island and surviving for four years on coconuts and fish, while swimming with smiling dolphins and being lucky enough to have a toolbox and first aid kit wash ashore, and let's not forget the sex, was like reading a teenager's version of true love. The book is really a glorified harlequin romance novel.
No. I did not like her reading voice at all. She mispronounces words like "kept", leaving out the last letter of the word, saying "kep" instead. She does this through the book, failing to pronounce the "s" or "d" at the end of words. She does not express the right emotions for the scenes she reads. To be honest, I think her narration made the book cheesier than it already is.
I think the concept of the book was a good one. There was so much that could have been done with this storyline.
I think the author used the tragic event of the 2004 tsunami in poor taste. If you are going to use a historical event of this magnitude, at least give it the respect and attention it deserves instead of using it as a vehicle to move the characters through the story.
I downloaded this book on my Kindle and just wanted to hear it on audio. It was just as good as the text. The narrator was good and she helped me see the story again with her narration. If you are looking for a good story with a wondeful ending- pick up this book. Both characters were very believable and likeable. This is a keeper!
I love survival stories and romances and this combines both beautifully. This story is not going to please the reader of literary fiction but it offers more than the average lightweight read. I loved the interaction between the characters and the story is touching. If you cry at touchy-feely commercials, have some tissues on hand because this is a tearjerker. I can't wait to see what this first time author writes next! And IMHO, it's not just for teens either!
Unlikely Romance Blossoms
How they needed each other in order to survive. Each gave the other respect & trust for human survival.....then later their hearts & bodies for human nature. Surprisingly romantic.
Both! That's like asking, which leg do I favor for walking. :)
Once they were rescued, Anna knew that they would be separated either by days or worse forever....and she was already missing him and wondering how she would manage NOT sleeping next to him with his arms wrapped around her every night....as if already "husband & wife". Very touching.