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The Castaways: A Novel | [Elin Hilderbrand]

The Castaways: A Novel

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail.
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Publisher's Summary

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.

©2009 Elin Hilderbrand; (P)2009 Hachette

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    Steph Mt Beauty, VIC, Australia 08-12-09
    Steph Mt Beauty, VIC, Australia 08-12-09
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    "Fun listening"

    relaxing, addictive great listen. I didntjust listen in the car, I listened at home I really wanted to find out what happened next & I talked about the book to other people. Great book

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 06-29-12
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 06-29-12
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    "not impressed"

    I guess I have questions how people can call each other best friends when they are doing the spouse of someone they call a best friend. It was a struggle to keep engaged in the story but in the end I listened to the story just to find out whodunit. Sometimes the narrator seem engaged in the story but there were times she was monotone and sounding just as bored as the words she was reading.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L 10-15-10
    L 10-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Castaways-Excellent Read"

    I loved this book and the narrator was really good as well, didn't get tired of her at all. She kept saying "Quay's" like k-ways where I come from that's said "Keys" I found myself yelling at my dashboard on the long commute home "Keys, it's Keys" but I'm not from Nantucket maybe that's how they say it there - all that aside, I really, really loved this book, great story, excellent characters - downloaded Barefoot right after. A Summer Affair was my first by this author and I didn't care for it but I'm glad I looked further and found this book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-04-09
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 09-04-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Don't cast away this one"

    Though initially I had a hard time sorting out who was married to whom, I really enjoyed this book. Well written, good story line, good narration. I was concerned that (like many a good book) the ending would be disappointing, but I'm happy to say that the author finished as strong as she started. A good listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn beverly hills, MI, USA 08-27-09
    Dawn beverly hills, MI, USA 08-27-09
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book... it was simple and easy but kept me interested until the end. I may even miss the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jaclyn Glastonbury, CT, United States 07-18-13
    Jaclyn Glastonbury, CT, United States 07-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    What disappointed you about The Castaways?

    I was expecting some sort of compelling storyline, like Elin Hilderbrand's other books. I listened for hours and hours and even when the book ended, I couldn't figure out what the point of it was.... There was no real conflict or resolution, just miserable cheating characters.


    What could Elin Hilderbrand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    too much to mention in this review.


    Which character – as performed by Katie Hale – was your favorite?

    I don't know.... perhaps Flynn and Chloe.... children aren't offensive like the other characters in the book.


    What character would you cut from The Castaways?

    all of them.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megan Streamwood, IL, United States 10-08-12
    Megan Streamwood, IL, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved It!"

    A great story about great friends and the many different shapes of friendships/bonds. A feel good read worth the time. With so many dark secrets, the author does well in unfolding them a little at a time. Every ball that was thrown into the air is acknowledged at some point later allowing the storyline to layer nicely. I appreciated the narration and hearing the story in each character's perspective. Worth listening to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 07-12-11
    Christine Ramsey, NJ, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Very Good"

    I actually purchased it over a year ago but somehow never started it.
    In the very beginning since it was based on 6 different people, it was hard to follow but very quickly I was able to. Very good character structure and a very interesting story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristy Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-24-10
    Kristy Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-24-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good but not great"

    I'm sure this would not be a book I'd ever reread but it did pass the time. If you are listening to this and doing nothing else the characters are probably easier to keep track of. I found the story to be rather drawn out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Columbus, IN, United States 08-20-09
    Tina Columbus, IN, United States 08-20-09 Member Since 2007
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    I liked the book and found it to be an enjoyable listen. The end was a bit anticlimactic but I frequently find Ms. Hilderbrand's books to be this way so it wasn't unexpected.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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