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Distant Shores Audiobook

Distant Shores

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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything. Grieving and alone, she retreats to an isolated beach house where she packs away the last remnants of her parents' lives. There, the pieces of a past she never knew unfold to reveal a tender story of lasting devotion, the kind of steadfast commitment that Elizabeth admits is missing from her own marriage. Faced with her own disillusionment, she makes a terrifying decision, risking everything she has for a second chance at happiness.

(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    J M Rushing Texas 11-13-12
    J M Rushing Texas 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

    JMR

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    "Beautiful Story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Distant Shores to be better than the print version?

    I always like audible books better than reading a print version. I'm a multi-tasker and can't sit still long enough to read a print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Distant Shores?

    The ending. I don't want to spoil the end for those that haven't listened to the book or read it, so I will just say that the ending is refreshing, loving and encouraging.
    I am also and artist, so I was able to relate to the main character and her struggles in losing herself and fighting to find her passion again.


    What about Bernadette Quigley’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful! Loved the way she performed each character, especially the daughters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    You will enjoy this book whether you listen to it or read the print version. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed in any of her books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    pindr 10-18-16
    pindr 10-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great story, not so great narration."

    I love how easy it is to relate to Kristin Hannah's characters.I almost gave up on the audio book early on because the narration bothered me right off.I felt she read too fast, had strange sentence breaks and has a tendency to draw out the last word of most sentences. For me her reading style was unnatural and distracting. I stuck with it and eventually got used to it.

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    Michelle MADISONVILLE, KY, United States 09-24-16
    Michelle MADISONVILLE, KY, United States 09-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring and predictable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe an older person wiht a boring life would like this book.


    What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

    There was no real story. The plot line was predictable and the narrator was not good at all. The southern accent was completely off and annoying.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator is a must.


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

    The book was about love, choices and redemption. The ideas were ok, but not in any way exciting.


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    Kim-ly stevenson 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "soothing book"

    nice book, teaches you to appreciate your Family and how to get your life back

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    Judith A. 04-04-16
    Judith A. 04-04-16
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    "Nothing happens in this book. First book by Hannah that was booting."

    I did not like that there were none of Hannah's usual plot twists
    I love the way she writes
    I think this whole story could be told on one page

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    Lois Arena Elmsford, NY 02-27-16
    Lois Arena Elmsford, NY 02-27-16 Member Since 2007

    Series lover

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    "Not great"

    Some of Kristin Hannah's books are enjoyable and keep you interested but this was not one of them. It was boring from beginning to end.

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    K. Ashworth 11-27-15
    K. Ashworth 11-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Forces myself to finish"

    I loved her book the Nightingale!!
    But, I found this book to be tedious, and shallow. She truly could have told this story in one chapter., instead if 28. You can tell this is one of her earlier books, and that she had not matured yet as a seasoned author.

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    JoAnn Bismarck, ND, United States 10-14-15
    JoAnn Bismarck, ND, United States 10-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Hooked on Kristin Hannah"

    I've been on a mission to listen to all of Kristin's books. Although Distant Shores is not as captivating as some her other books, it is a good story about finding yourself and your passion. I could certainly relate to losing oneself to the passage of time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sumfretym 02-28-15
    Sumfretym 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "a struggle to reach the end."
    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

    Ms Quigley should seek a new profession.


    What character would you cut from Distant Shores?

    Too many to choose.


    Any additional comments?

    Story and narration equally share the blame for such a boring audible. The narrator's exaggerated fake southern accent was almost laughable. Main character was portrayed as a spineless, lazy, uninteresting, why get out of bed at all, female. Her segments made you want to hit fast forward. The husband Jack's character was a step up. Sub-stories were mere book fillers that went nowhere. This whole predictable story could have taken ten minutes. In a nut shell - couple split up, blah blah blah, wife picks up a paint brush, blah blah blah, she starts to paint again, blah blah blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, couple reunites - the end, thank goodness! Don't waste your time or hard earned bucks on this one. Kristen Hannah has written some wonderfully good reads, "Winter Garden", "Things We Do For Love", "Night Road", "Magic Hour", just to name a few. I honestly don't know where this one came from.

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    Gina Van Nuys, CA, United States 11-15-13
    Gina Van Nuys, CA, United States 11-15-13

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    "Great Story, horrible reading"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator ruined the audible. It was still a good book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator. She butchered the word ruined. She kept pronouncing it as runed. The entire performance was completed as if she was out of breath. Anyone who had some character to them was performed as if they were a brat with a valley accent. The narrator also butchered Elizabeth's sometimes southern accent. This performance was like a nail on a chalkboard. I will never listen to an audible with this narrator again.


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  • Rachel Brand
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/28/12
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    "Very thought-provoking"

    I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved how it showed that you can rediscover who you are deep inside and invigorate your life without giving up your marriage or family. Elizabeth made mistakes in letting her family take over who she was and lost herself in the process, but she was able to reawaken herself without giving up her husband and daughters. My only real difficulty with this book was that Jack and Birdie didn't exactly have a "normal" family life, and while I'm sure many couples go through similar struggles, Jack's job and fame presented a lot of issues that other families wouldn't have to deal with. Plus, I'm really not a sports fan at all, and I found a lot of the aspects of his work to be pretty pretentious. Otherwise, I thought that the book was a very realistic presentation of what can happen to a couple once their children have left home and they realise that they've forgotten why they got married in the first place. I didn't find this at all depressing, as one might expect, since I'm getting married in five months. It didn't make me scared for what might come in twenty years time. Instead, it encouraged me to pursue my hobbies and talents and not let them get pushed aside. I wouldn't ever want to end up like Birdie, married for twenty-four years yet having no idea of who she is. I could see from Jack and Birdie's experiences that it's important to have a balance in marriage and in supporting each other's dreams. A very thought-provoking book. This was my first Kristin Hannah novel and I imagine that it'll stay with me for a while. I'll be reading more from her.

    On the narration: The narrator managed to give each character distinct voices without being over-the-top , and I'm not sure how they managed it, but at certain parts of the recording the audio company used affects to make it sound like someone was talking down a telephone line or shouting from a different room. It definitely brought the characters of this novel to life. Highly recommended

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