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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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    Akilah 05-15-16
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    I loved the book, it was great! I love a good story, and this is definitely a good story!

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    Amanda 05-14-16
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    "Good Story, Bad Narration"

    As other reviews state, the narration isn't great. She spoke fast and upbeat, even in dire situations. She didn't try changing her voice for different characters and this sometimes made it hard to decipher which character was talking. But, it is a good story and I'm glad I didn't quit listening.

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    Amazon Customer 05-06-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Read the book"

    How do you ruin a good book when put to audio? Hire the worst actress possible for the task. Every character sounded the same: high pitched and annoying as hell. Changing the speed of the audio to its slowest cadence didn't help either. Read the book, instead.

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    julia 03-17-16
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    "I realy enjoyed this sweet story."

    I especially enjoyed the age difference between the two characters. It made it interesting and exciting to find out what would actually happen between the two. it was a very sweet ending.

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    Kelly Deskins 01-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    The narrater spoke quite fast . After I slowed her speech down the story was really good.

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    Jeanette Finan Little Rock, Arkansas 12-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Keeping it Real"

    At the very beginning I was a little squicked by the ages of the characters because you absolutely knew where the relationship was headed but then I suddenly remembered some very good friends who have the same age difference where she is 13 years older than he is and they have a wonderful marriage and grandchildren even so who cares how old other people are. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter a fig.

    I was a little surprised at how long it took for the characters to develop the relationship but I guess the author did that to keep the relationship above board. Personally I think that in the real world it would have happened a lot sooner for comfort as well as passion.

    But I really liked the story. Their struggle for survival, how much they both had to pull together and draw on inner strength neither knew they were capable of made an exciting story for me. And then the difficulties they had adjusting to going back to civilization after so long rang really true for me.

    So yeah, I recommend this book.

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    Misty Washington 12-06-15
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    I wasn't quite expecting this to be the emotional roller coaster that it was... It hurt so good! I loved every word and literally couldn't stop listening until it was over. I wish that they could have had a male narrator for TJ's chapters, but Heidi Baker did a fantastic job portraying both.

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    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 09-12-15
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    One of my all time favs! I absolutely love the story, so unique! The narration takes a bit of getting used too. It's not awful but the narrator speaks super fast.

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    Erin 08-18-15
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    "Great story - needs a different narrator"
    Where does On the Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. It was a nice world the author brings you into. Which is why I wish it were longer. There is so much detail that the author just skims over and you're left unsatisfied, wanting more. The cadence of the book moves too quick.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator certainly sounded way too bubbly for characters that are supposed to be dealing with plane crashes, starvation, and multiple life-threatening issues. She sounded like she was describing the annoyance of a hangnail rather than a near-death experience. Usually I can get past a narrator's performance, but this one annoyed me to the end. I also wish they had a separate narrator for TJ's chapters. The narrator never switched up her voice for different characters - never added different personalities whatsoever. If you tuned out for a second, you lost who she was speaking for. Two thumbs way down for her.


    Any additional comments?

    I really love the concept of the book - and thought the author could have done SO MUCH MORE with it. Carried it deeper. And they definitely needed a different narrator. But other than that, the story is great. And I thought it had a good ending.

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    Robin 07-02-15
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    I did not like and do not recommend, predictable storyline, boring characters. Save your credit.

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