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Distant Shores | [Kristin Hannah]

Distant Shores

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.
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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.

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    Gina Van Nuys, CA, United States 11-15-13
    Gina Van Nuys, CA, United States 11-15-13 Member Since 2013

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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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    Patsy Wichita, KS, United States 03-22-13
    Patsy Wichita, KS, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Bernadette Quigley not the best narrator!"
    Would you listen to Distant Shores again? Why?

    Bernadette Quigley could not decide if she was a southern belle or an austrialian lassie. Her reading was quick and abrupt. One sentence did not flow into the next. Her inflections were in the wrong area.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

    NO!


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

    NO! Needed to take a break from Bernadette Quigley


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    Julie M. Rushing Lantana, Texas 11-13-12
    Julie M. Rushing Lantana, Texas 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

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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

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    Marianne Durham, NC, United States 09-04-11
    Marianne Durham, NC, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrator in wrong line of work"

    The narrator talks as if every part of the story is urgent and as if this speed provides drama and character embodiment. It makes it very hard to enjoy the story. I would never get an audiobook w/ this narrator again. I've enjoyed every Kristin Hannah audiobook until this one.

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  • Rachel
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    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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