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On the Island Audiobook

On the Island

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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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    Carrie C Mpls, MN USA 04-15-15
    Carrie C Mpls, MN USA 04-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Simple, entertaining story; but no masterpiece"

    The story was not too deep & the writing was a little immature (at first, I wondered if it was from the teenage section), but it was entertaining & easy to follow.

    Reminiscent of the Blue Lagoon. Interesting to see how people must become innovative on a deserted island.

    The reader spoke clearly, but didn't give enough hesitation between concepts. She had a cheerful, upbeat voice, but didn't change her tone well enough when reading something serious, sad or angry. You could easily tell who was speaking because it was announced at each new chapter.

    This was the author's first book. A simple, entertaining story, not a work of art showing mature writing skills yet.

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    Bawanamama 04-15-15
    Bawanamama 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book, narration to fast"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a wonderful book. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but just reads way to fast.. And when I try to slow it down in the audible app I get a very annoying echo.


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

    Only if she slows down.


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    amy 04-14-15
    amy 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not enough real adventure."

    I was hoping for an adventure-type novel. This is NOT that kind of read. Romantic, sappy and predictable. The narrator's voice was also a bit annoying.

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    J. L. 04-03-15
    J. L. 04-03-15
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    "Nice"

    This is a sweet story with decent character & plot development. The narrator was just okay. There wasn't enough variation in the narration of each character. This made it a bit difficult to follow.

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    Erykah 04-02-15
    Erykah 04-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I have no clue why I even finished the story"

    The book would work if it were in the young adult section but it wasn't. The storytelling is simple and predictable. The characters are boring.

    The narrator was annoying. She sounded bubbly happy throughout the book which clashes with the plot more than once.

    Blah would be my rating.

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    brittany jones 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Listen! Longing for another..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A Great listen and has me longing for another sweet love story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gotta love TJ he knows what he wants


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

    nope this is my first


    If you could take any character from On the Island out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anna - just to listen to her tell her story


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    Sandra 03-31-15
    Sandra 03-31-15 Member Since 2012

    I love to multi-task with Audible!

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    "2 day listen"
    Any additional comments?

    This book started with a bang... that being said, it fizzled a little and became predictable. There were times where the situations were unrealistic but overall I did enjoy it. The ending wasn't quite what I expected but made more sense than what I had imagined.
    I didn't really care for the narrator, she spoke like a young teenager while the female character was in her 30's and I found that annoying. I raised the speed to 1.25 and that made is somewhat better.
    All in all it was a good "read"

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    Amazon Customer Albany, NY USA 03-31-15
    Amazon Customer Albany, NY USA 03-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simple"

    This was a good story of romance and struggle. A few times I laughed out loud at some of the rediculous situations. The writing is simple and uncomplicated. I would think this was written for preteens, bar the sex scenes which seemed to be written by a 15-year-old boy. I really enjoyed the story and couldn't 'put it Down' but be warned that it is rediculous at times.

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    Suzanne Huddleston 03-31-15
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    "Great read!"

    Really enjoyed this book. I had never read anything by this author, but I definitely will again!

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    Nicole Ann Arbor, Michigan 03-27-15
    Nicole Ann Arbor, Michigan 03-27-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Really bad narrator"

    This is a good story. But the narrator kills this book. The narrator does not have the ability to differentiate characters through her voice... All characters sound the same. She also tells the entire story with a happy voice which does not fit the story or scenes in the book. She also runs sentences and paragraphs together without a proper pause between.
    This narrator is simply awful and she ruins this book.

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