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Publisher's Summary

They found paradise.... What would they do to keep it?

In the tradition of Alex Garland's The Beach, a spine-tingling adventure novel about a group of friends whose journey around the world on a yacht turns from a trip to paradise into a chilling nightmare when one of them disappears at sea. Lana and her best friend, Kitty, leave home looking for freedom - and that's exactly what they find when they are invited onto The Blue, a 50-foot yacht making its way from the Philippines to New Zealand. Manned by a young crew of wanderers, The Blue is exactly the escape they are looking for, and the two quickly fall under its spell, spending their days exploring remote islands and their rum-filled nights relaxing on deck beneath the stars. Yet paradise found can just as quickly become lost. Lana and Kitty begin to discover that they aren't the only ones with secrets they'd rather run from than reveal. And when one of their new friends disappears overboard after an argument with the other crew members, the dark secrets that brought each of them aboard start to unravel. Haunting and infused with spectacular detail, the latest novel by Lucy Clarke - whose writing has been hailed as "breathtaking" (Kirkus Reviews) and "exciting and mysterious" (Library Journal) - is a pause-resisting thriller filled with adventure, exotic locales, and high stakes.

©2015 Lucy Cox. All rights reserved. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Great 'Till the Last Page!

Where does The Blue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very very high! Scarlett Mack's voice washes over you as beautifully as the water that The Blue sail's across. The characters are tangible. The story is revealed through "THEN" and "NOW" sequences...and you don't have the "whole" picture until the very end!!

Who was the most memorable character of The Blue and why?

Oh if I told you that, it might give away something you shouldn't know until the very end!

Any additional comments?

I can ALMOST GUARANTEE that you will NOT guess the ending!! And that is why it was so much fun!!

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best narrator ever

Would you listen to The Blue again? Why?

i don't like to listen to anything twice

Who was your favorite character and why?

lana - the main character.

What does Scarlett Mack bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

oh my goodness - all the dialects. she is amazing.

If you could take any character from The Blue out to dinner, who would it be and why?

denny. because he is complicated, sweet and loving

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  • Diane
  • Louisville, KY, United States
  • 06-16-17

Paradise lost

We all, I think, have dreamed of an escape to a magical world where the burdens and regrets of our lives can be left behind. Such is the case for these characters who find themselves aboard a sailboat in the South Pacific.

Lushly evocative of the place, we are drawn into their world, with all its beauty and wonder and freedom. But this is the world still inhabited by humans – with all their baggage and subject to all their frailties. And so the tensions build.
In a narrative which alternates between present and past, we know very well from the beginning that something has gone very wrong. What that is, how that has happened and why, are the substance of this novel. Very well done, building tension, questions and then more questions, as the story proceeds. There are no clear heroes, there are no clear villains. Just life and just like in real life. Well done narration. Recommended!

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Couldn't put the second half down

This book was good but took me some time to really get into it. I couldn't stop listening once I had 3 hours left, I just wanted to know the outcome. The performance was good too and only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I thought it couldn't have been read a little faster.

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Brilliant

Typical John Grisham. Takes on a current problem for our nation and the world and does so beautifully. Loved it!

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Superb!

The narration of the book was fabulous -- a cast of players with several accents performed by one talented individual.

It was so engaging from beginning to end! I was looking for a great mystery and that's what I received! Enjoy!