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On the Island | [Tracey Garvis Graves]

On the Island

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. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lisa 06-12-13
    Lisa 06-12-13 Member Since 2011

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    "LOVE IT!"
    Where does On the Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On the island is a short, cant stop listening audiobook! It was well written and I couldnt believe it was over when it ended.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Island?

    The most memorable moment was when Ana and TJ were separated by the Tsunami. It was heart wrenching.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love always finds a way


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    JP Sheppard OVIEDO, FL, US 03-11-13
    JP Sheppard OVIEDO, FL, US 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable and boring."

    I felt like I wasted 7 hours of my life even though I was in a car. I Spy would have been more fun, had I not been alone.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "not that great"
    What disappointed you about On the Island?

    to much he does the talking then she does the talking , story was great


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tracey Garvis-Greaves again?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Heidi Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no this was my first


    What character would you cut from On the Island?

    none


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    Sahal Tucson, AZ USA 01-25-13
    Sahal Tucson, AZ USA 01-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW good visuals."
    Where does On the Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For me it ranks on the top. I will share this one with my listening friends.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both of them. Believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to say just one.


    Who was the most memorable character of On the Island and why?

    Anna, I could identify with her on so many levels.


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    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 12-20-12
    Sandie Elk Grove, CA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Loved this book :)"

    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.



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    Gigi Shelton, CT United States 11-07-12
    Gigi Shelton, CT United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not so great"
    What disappointed you about On the Island?

    I expected more substance. The characters were shallow and underdeveloped. The story was predictable.


    What could Tracey Garvis-Greaves have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heidi Baker’s performances?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think the concept of the book was a good one. There was so much that could have been done with this storyline.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Deborah Memphis, TN, United States 11-05-12
    Deborah Memphis, TN, United States 11-05-12
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    "Great Read!"

    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!

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    BookBabe 09-02-12
    BookBabe 09-02-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A wonderful surprise ;-)"

    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!

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    Sylvia Santee, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Sylvia Santee, CA, United States 08-27-12
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    "Unlikely Romance Blossoms"
    If you could sum up On the Island in three words, what would they be?

    Unlikely Romance Blossoms


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Heidi Baker – was your favorite?

    Both! That's like asking, which leg do I favor for walking. :)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    CHRISTY 08-17-12
    CHRISTY 08-17-12

    chusty2

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    "Enjoyed it!"
    Would you listen to On the Island again? Why?

    Probably at some point.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    At first I didn't think I would be able to listen to this narrator. She was talking so fast at first, and everything was running together. It really got on my nerves. I don't know if she got better as the book went along or if I just got used to her, but by the end it didn't bother me as much.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I was unsure of this book because of the age difference of the characters, but it turned out to be okay. Parts of the book are unrealistic, but I read for escapism so that never bothers me as long as it's a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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