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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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    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 09-12-15
    Luvs2Read09 Fayetteville, NC USA 09-12-15 Member Since 2014
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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
    Erin 08-18-15 Member Since 2016
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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
    Robin 07-02-15
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    "Pass on this"

    I did not like and do not recommend, predictable storyline, boring characters. Save your credit.

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    Jenjer 05-21-15
    Jenjer 05-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "When is paridise not"

    This is not my "normal" book but the cover and idea grabbed my attention and I am so glad that it did.

    TJ and Anna where real this was not a instant fall in love and everything is perfect story. Graves grabbed me from the first chapter and did not let me go thru the end. She wove a realistic love story between 2 unlikely lovers. The suffering just strengthened both Anna and TJ and inside and out.

    It is defiantly worth your time and credit.

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    Danise Johnson 04-29-15
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    "Good book, probably a better read than listen.."

    Where I liked the narrator's voice, this book is told my the male and female perspective. Her voice didn't change at all for TJs chapters and I had a hard time telling them apart. I did like the story but I think I would have liked it much more if I had read it.

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    cassia myers 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "worst narration I've heard yet on audible."

    Emotion were misplaced and misused. Her voice never broke. Couldn't tell when characters changed, and considering there was really only 2, it shouldn't have been hard. She was excited and "valley girl" when characters were mad and scared. She rushed through emotions, sex and conflict like it was a description of a mundane platter of vegetables. The story wasn't terrible, but the narration made it feel like it was written by a 13 year old.

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    Amazon Customer MN, USA 04-23-15
    Amazon Customer MN, USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "BUY THIS ONE!!!!!"
    Where does On the Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. I loved this story so much and was almost disappointed when it was over. I was laughing and crying along w the characters.


    What about Heidi Baker’s performance did you like?

    She did the voices great. I usually have to adapt to the voices and get used to them but not her they sounded great.


    If you could take any character from On the Island out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Anna.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this one you will not be disappointed.

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    Carrie C Mpls, MN USA 04-15-15
    Carrie C Mpls, MN USA 04-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Simple, entertaining story; but no masterpiece"

    The story was not too deep & the writing was a little immature (at first, I wondered if it was from the teenage section), but it was entertaining & easy to follow.

    Reminiscent of the Blue Lagoon. Interesting to see how people must become innovative on a deserted island.

    The reader spoke clearly, but didn't give enough hesitation between concepts. She had a cheerful, upbeat voice, but didn't change her tone well enough when reading something serious, sad or angry. You could easily tell who was speaking because it was announced at each new chapter.

    This was the author's first book. A simple, entertaining story, not a work of art showing mature writing skills yet.

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    Bawanamama 04-15-15
    Bawanamama 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful book, narration to fast"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a wonderful book. The narrator has a pleasant voice, but just reads way to fast.. And when I try to slow it down in the audible app I get a very annoying echo.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heidi Baker’s performances?

    Only if she slows down.


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    amy 04-14-15
    amy 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not enough real adventure."

    I was hoping for an adventure-type novel. This is NOT that kind of read. Romantic, sappy and predictable. The narrator's voice was also a bit annoying.

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