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The Island House Audiobook

The Island House: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The charms of Nantucket tempt a woman to leave her established life in Kansas City - but with a piece of her heart, and a love interest, in each world, she discovers she must look within to choose the right path.

Every summer since college, twenty-nine-year-old Jenny has traded the familiarity of the Midwest for the allure of Nantucket. Now an established university professor in Kansas City, she finds herself caught between two lifestyles and two very different men. She chooses Nantucket and the glamorous life she associates with it, unaware that the summer will take an unexpected turn, and she will have to let her heart decide what it truly wants.

©2016 Nancy Thayer (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Kindle Customer Buford, GA, United States 06-09-16
    Kindle Customer Buford, GA, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Nancy Thayer again?

    I've listened to several of Nancy Thayer's books and enjoy them for their humor and interesting characters. Unfortunately, this book had neither. I found myself skipping whole chapters just to make it to the end. I would try another of her books in the future hoping that she goes back to the style in her earlier writing.


    What about Emily Sutton-Smith’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator was very good. She was able to differentiate characters w/ change in voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I found the main character to be extremely shallow, unlikeable and downright annoying, particularly her repetitive desire to create babies with perfect genes. I found myself hoping that both men would dump her!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Stokes Bay Area, CA 08-20-16
    D. Stokes Bay Area, CA 08-20-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Not Typical Thayer"

    I waited with anticipation for the next Thayer read. This was for me elementary Thayer. Her books are usually much more captivating. This read was very predictable, and just not enough depth. All authors seem to slip in their work. I would say this book is that slip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    denise 08-18-16
    denise 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Southern accent on a Midwesterner?"

    The narration of the Midwesterners sounding like a southern is odd. I have to keep reminding myself Courtney is from Kansas not Arkansas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 07-31-16
    L.W. 07-31-16

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I love Nancy Thayer's style of writing"

    I love her writing. Even loving it there were places in this book a good editor could have made better. Books are so fast most of the time now. I love NT takes the time to weave the story and capture you. I resented the narrator. I realize she has to give different voices but folks from Kansa do not have that much SOUTHERN accent. I found 11 yrs loving and not showing or doing anything about to be unbelievable. However I love stories built around a family like this one!

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    Nancy M. 06-21-16
    Nancy M. 06-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    I enjoyed this book but the narrator consistently used a southern accent for characters from the Midwest which I found to be inauthentic.

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    Kiki Fitz 06-20-16
    Kiki Fitz 06-20-16
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    "Not her best"
    What would have made The Island House better?

    A story with a bit more substance and less fragmented plotline. The characters lacked depth and were not fully developed.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Jane Casey, After the Fire


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Sutton-Smith?

    No other narrator could have saved this story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I always look forward to Ms Thayer's books but this one was truly a letdown.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jean dickson 06-27-16
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    "good book. complex story line. I felt drawn in "

    the characters were good but not perfect. they felt real.as always great Nantucket story Nancy thayer

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