When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.
T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost 17 and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.
Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.
Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return.
As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
©2011 Tracey Garvis-Graves (P)2012 Tracey Garvis-Graves
I absolutely loved this book and the narrator. I listened to this book in 1 day, I was completely drawn in by the story. You will fall in love with the characters and find yourself rooting for them. The narrator was great, I listen to a lot of audio books and the narrator can really make or break a book. This narrator was perfect!
I have great difficulty reading due to vision loss. However, I read this book on my Kindle before I located it on Audible. It took me awhile, well worth the time as the story is so well written. The story has quite a hook from the beginnning. This author takes you into the experience so well. I can't imagine writing this story but I truly thank you Tracey for sharing this rich story with us. I was surprised it was just one download when it took me so long to read it. The narrator is very good. But her voice was not what I had imagined in my head. She did a great job with the story, my only critic is in differentiating the voices, there were times it was difficult for me to figure out who was talking. Please don't let anything stand between you and this lovely story. Lately so much seems to be geared toward a younger audience. This is a author for all of us. She knows how to write a story that is intelligent enough from teens to older adults can thoroughly enjoy. I did I am 59. Thank you so much. This is one of the memoriable ones. I hope we are able to read more from this author. Great Job! Thank you Audible.
no but I would read it again, great story!!
I fell in love with this story when I read it, so much so that I decided to listen to it when an audio book became available. There is something about having a story read to you that can make the it become more alive. I must say that I enjoyed reading it better than listening to it because of the narration. This is an awesome book but the narration needed work...
My biggest complaint is the narrator spoke TOOO FAST!!!!!!! I tried to slow it down, but the 0.5 speed made it too slow. She had a pleasant voice, but I enjoyed reading this book much better than I enjoyed listening to it.
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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 would change the Narrator. She didn't differentiate the characters enough that you know who is talking and she spoke way too fast.
She didn't pause at appropriate times and it was hard to tell which character was speaking. She needed to do a pitch or voice change for each character. She also read too fast.
I read. A lot. Audiobooks are my guilty pleasure--especially romance! Bring on the HEAs, please :)
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 have read this book in kindle form and I loved it, could not put it down! I could not even listen to the entire book this time. The reader was difficult to understand - as in I had no idea who was talking, who was thinking, etc. Sorry for the bad review but I just wanted to warn people. Do yourself a favour and buy the kindle/paperback, amazon still have it in stock I'm sure!
Yes, do buy this audiobook! Enjoyed the story, characters and a happy ending! Interesting survival tips, in case I ever get stranded on an island. I will definitely pack lots of earrings with hoops!
I listen to 2 -3 audiobooks a month and a good narrator is a must. I have listened to books, based on the narrator alone, and this narrator, Heidi, would fit into this catagory. What a joy to listen to!
I first downloaded this book based on the author being an Iowan, and wasn't disappointed. Any new books in the works?
This book now rates as one of my all time favorites, along with any of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, The Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and anything by Mary Stewart, Jane Austen, Susanna Kearsley, or Ilona Andrews. I liked the book so much that I had to read it (twice) and listen to it (twice). When reading the original description, I was initially put off by the age difference in the two main characters, but the price was right and it kept showing up on my recommended list on Amazon, so I decided to give it a try. I'm so glad I did! It explores the ramifications of two people who at first glance would seem totally incompatible (for good reason) being thrown together on an island (hence the title) and forced to survive on their own for a long time. The first person narrative switches between the two main characters but is easy to follow, and the description of the exotic locale and the minute details of the daily struggle for survival really pulls the reader into the story without being overwhelming. The love story is gradual and feels natural. I'm a sucker for happy endings but don't like them to be too forced, and so I was thankful for the way that even the ending felt natural but left me content that the characters would go on to have a happy life.
"Absolutly Brilliant - Fantastic Listening"
The is a truly brilliant book, i had my headphones stuck in place all through. It reads like a true story but is a tottaly fictional. This is really a work of art - well done Tracey!
This book for the main centres around two characters, so it would be very har to pick between them, but i would have to say TJ was my favourite.
My favourite scene is the the bit where they meet again in the snow outside anna's appartment. I could really picture it, and feel the emmotions of the characters.
I would have loved to listen to this whole book in one sitting. But i had to pause whilst i was at work.
If you buy this book you won't regret it. This book ios destined to become a Classic !
"You won't be able to stop listening !!"
Such an excellent book - the story had me hooked from the moment I started listening and I was plugging into my i-Pod whenever I could. The characters are brilliant and likeable and Tracey Garvis Graves weaves their story in a believable way.
The only slight downside is the narration at the beginning - Heidi speaks way too fast - I just kept thinking "SLOW DOWN" but she settles into it, so persevere.
"A castaway book that I couldn't put down."
I thought this was a fab little audio book, I found it was a great end of month gap filler for when you are in between or if you just want a shorter summer read.
It was lively and interesting all the way through and I found that I couldn't put it down.
It was a typical castaway book and the narrator did a good job and by bringing the characters to life.
I would have preferred the narrator to slow down a little bit as I found her speech too fast for me, but as I was able to set a slower reading speed on my i pod I then sat back and thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio book at a more relaxing pace.
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