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The Sea of Tranquility Audiobook

The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the Earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding - or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

©2012 Katja Millay (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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    Noelle 06-28-14
    Noelle 06-28-14
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    "Sea of Emotions"

    There isn't one thing I didn't love about this book. It's an emotional roller coaster that has you so profoundly connected to the characters that you feel their pain. I recommend this book to anyone who, scratch that, I recommend this book to anyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy JOSHUA, TX, United States 03-24-14
    Amy JOSHUA, TX, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Powerful, Sad & Beautiful. Must have Kleenex."

    I know. It's about time. I'd heard so much about THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY that I bought it for the library, but didn't read it. Then Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog decided to highlight favorite audiobooks. Guess which one popped up more than any other? Yep. So when I was manipulated by Audible to buy audiobooks, I knew this had to be one of them.

    I was immediately drawn into Nastya's world. I liked her wit and sarcasm and had to know what caused this girl to decide to remain silent. And not only that, but why was she outfitted in an armor that made her unapproachable and up for speculation. She seemed so strong and self-assured and powerless at the same time. Then the running, the relentless need to get herself to exhaustion so her mind could rest. I wanted to know her story.

    And it would take an equally broken, Josh, with an equally thick wall of amour to not only intrigue Nastya, but frustrate her right out of her shell. Their story is one of damage and trying to deal with it. They can't quite seem to wrap their own brains around who they are now after. After the loss. After the things and people who have been taken away. Much less can they figure out how to navigate the everyday high school world carrying around so much pain. They aren't who they used to be. They've changed. So they erect walls and lots of barriers to keep everyone else out and try to protect what little they have left. But it is lonely.

    This is a book to experience. I woke up at 2:30 am to snoring, so I plugged in my audiobook like usual to go back to sleep. But this was different, I couldn't go back to sleep. I stayed up the rest of the night following Nastya and Josh. My eyes leaked, my stomach was in knots and my heart broke. It was powerful and sad and beautiful.

    CANDACE THAXTON captured Nastya's anger, jadedness and intelligence. KIRBY HEYBOURNE was Josh. He was strong, withdrawn, but attentive. They took the story that KATJA wove and made it play out in my mind in 3D. BRAVO.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-22-16
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-22-16
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    "Beautiful story, but..."

    I wanted to like this book.
    I even started to LOVE this book.
    But I found myself in the midst of a little too much teenaged angst and a little too much Kirby Heyborne.
    I tried to love it... I really did... but it was an OK read if you're up for teenage angst and sexuality.
    Candace Thaxton's performance almost helped carry this book, but Kirby Heyborne (apart from a terrific performance in "Heft") is a narrator I don't listen to much, and now I remember why.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Book, Great Characters, Keeps you listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sea of Tranquility to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the printed version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters, you just really want them to succeed.


    What about Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton ’s performance did you like?

    It was good over all.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Are second chances even possible?


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ella 10-15-14
    Ella 10-15-14
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    "Loved it"
    Where does The Sea of Tranquility rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to it three times. I did the same with "Looking for me".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I agree with another reviewer that wrote that all the characters are well developed.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    So many of the books on Audible are hopelessly narrated and/or have poor sound. These two bring so much to the story; they do a perfect job and the recording is high quality.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm 30 years old and I loved every sentence in this book. The story is easy to follow and the writing is simple, so it's very relaxing to listen to, yet it's emotionally and socially interesting and never boring.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole W. 10-10-14
    Nicole W. 10-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartbreaking and Heartwarming"
    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton – was your favorite?

    Both of the readers of this book added a realism and strength to the incredible characters but I was really touched by Kirby Heyborne's portrayal of Josh Bennett. Every inflection seemed to hit just the right tone for this fractured character who was falling apart and coming together within the story. Wonderful Job!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book I could listen to again and I stayed up late listening to. While the story involves a teen romance it is truly about two tragically broken people who find a reprieve from the pain of their lives and unconditional, unspoken support in each other. The writer did an excellent job of sharing the complicated emotions of victims: the self-loathing, loneliness, desperation, fear, guilt, shame, denial, etc. - every ugly and heart wrenching emotion that twists in the gut of a person who has gone through loss or pain; as well as the hopefulness and yearning for peace, comfort, love,forgiveness, and healing that exists in a precarious, tiny part of them. I was truly touched by these characters and this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    paula Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-25-14
    paula Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-25-14
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    "a bit addictive"

    I really enjoyed this book. I got hooked in and ended up binging on the majority of it so finished in two short and one looong bout of listening.

    This is well read by two narrators-- usually not my favorite tactic but as the chapters were from two POVs and the readers were very listenable, I dug it.

    The story has the advantage of multiple unknowns that are hinted at but not totally revealed. One is, unsurprisingly, about romantic relationships, and the other primary beautifully slow reveal is about what is at the heart of one of the protagonists. Great supporting characters and refreshing friendships between young men.

    I didn't realize that the main characters were in high school when i got the book. At times I wondered at the believability complex communication skills of these people as 17/18 yr olds. There were moments when motivations and miscommunications were a little hung up on patterns of misunderstanding and overwrought "it's all my fault"s, for the most part this is an engaging, entertaining book with compelling characters and relationships.

    At one point the main character says something along the lines of "I'm not a vampire or from Hogwarts; I'm a person with real life problems." Appreciated that fact in the current tide of fantasy & dystopia novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Uncinematic young love"

    It's good, not great, but has enough page-turning-ness to rate decently with me. A girl has to re-invent herself after a tragic misfortune. A boy is mysterious and gets on her nerves. Teens are tough in the face of life's unfolding tragedies. Teens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam Audio-Fanatic 10-26-16
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    "The Sea of Tranquility Stars"


    I first read this book in 2013, it’s a book I read at least 2 times a year.
    And I was going through my GoodReads and noticed I only did a little review.. But this book needs more than my one line.

    -I have no words to describe how this book touched my heart. MUST READ-

    I stand behind my review lol MUST READ.

    But this book it’s something else, I don’t know if I can explain why I re read it. Or why you should read it. I am always left with hope maybe that’s why I re read it as much as I do.
    You have this girl who is screaming for something…You don’t know what…Understanding? Freedom? Hope? She is the obvious choice right? Her silence, the way she dresses, her makeup. She needs the help right? But no, it’s not just her.

    "I think I'll stay in pieces. I can shift them, rearrange, depending on the day, depending on what I need to be. I can change on a whim and be so many different girls and none of them has to be me."

    Josh, who seems so down, not sad just not present either like he is doing his time. Maybe a little bit of a loner? He is who I root for, he helps her and she helps him. It’s not even an understanding because they don’t realize it’s happening until it happens.

    “It was everybody. All of them…gone…Why? What did I do that was so wrong?”

    I probably didn’t explain anything, but this book just gives me that feeling when I am done reading it. Maybe that’s why I have read it so often.

    If you haven’t read it and keep putting it off don’t I am telling you, you won’t regret the time it takes to read it.

    Also the audio is phenomenal.

    *You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Evaul 10-21-17
    Ryan Evaul 10-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This audiobook is extremely well done!"

    Throughout the story the author switches between the two main characters points of view; the readers also change, it makes the story a lot easier to understand.

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    "I absolutely love this book!!"

    read this book 3 times and it still doesn't fail to give me goosebumps and bring a tear to my eye. it's so well written and you just don't expect what happens..
    defo one of my faves!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reuven Nisser
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    9/11/13
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    "One Of The Best"

    It is not often that you see a novel which is realistic in every way. It is sad to think that such things can happen. I loved them. Yes, I felt that I got to know them. I can understand their motivations. I can relate to them. In some parts of the book, I laughed outloud. Other times, I cryed. I can not recommend it strongly enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
    Cumbria
    7/8/13
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    "Fantastic Debut"
    Would you listen to The Sea of Tranquility again? Why?

    I was hooked by the unique ‘voice’ of this novel from the very first line, the prose are captivating. The point of view switched between Nastya and Josh, but in both cases the sense of these characters was immediate and honest. I guess this narration was ‘The Death of Bees’ (random blurted thought) meets ‘Pushing the Limits’.

    I would have liked more insight into Josh’s head in the second half of the novel and some of Nastya’s decisions seem to come from a far more self-destructive place than you anticipate, but the storytelling was fairly balanced otherwise. I enjoyed the slow growth of their friendship, the way they gradually slipped passed one another’s guard. The secondary characters like Drew and Tierney were well drawn, interesting and entertaining – they were pretty perfect and didn’t feel extraneous.

    If you like smart observant characters, romance, heartache and stories to get lost in then this is a good bet. It’s not fantasy, or science fiction, or a Mills and Boon romance, but it will wreck you, steal your breath and your affections, your heart even. It will impress you.

    This is a book that was worthy of a recommendation by Colleen Hoover.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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