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About the Creator

Elinor Cook is a London based playwright who was the winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2013 and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2018. Her plays include Out of Love (Paines Plough), Pilgrims (HighTide), Image of an Unknown Young Woman (The Gate), and a new version of Ibsen's The Lady From The Sea for the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. She is currently working on a musical adaptation of a major children's novel for the stage.

About the Performer

Daisy Ridley is an English actress best known for her breakthrough role as Rey in the 2015 film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She reprised her role as Rey in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, which was released by Disney on December 15, 2017. Ridley was most recently seen in the final film in the trilogy, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by JJ Abrams. In 2019, Ridley was seen in Ophelia opposite Naomi Watts, which premiered at Sundance in 2018. The film was released by IFC Films on June 28, 2019. In 2018, Ridley lent her voice to Sony’s live action animated hybrid, Peter Rabbit starring opposite James Cordon and Rose Byrne for director Will Gluck. In 2017, Ridley was seen in Murder on the Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh and featuring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench. That same year, she wrapped production on the sci-fi adventure Chaos Walking opposite Tom Holland for Lionsgate. Chaos Walking is set for release in 2021. In 2016, Ridley voiced the lead role of Taeko in the 25th Anniversary re-release of Studio Ghibli’s classic animated film, Only Yesterday. She also served as an Executive Producer on the documentary The Eagle Huntress which was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Additionally, she sang the duet At the Ballet from A Chorus Line with Anne Hathaway for Barbra Streisand’s Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway Album. Daisy is the recipient of a 2016 Oscar Wilde Award. The non-profit US-Ireland Alliance created the event to recognize the contributions of the Irish in film. This is an honorary Irish award.
Photographed by Hiroyuki Tsutsumi

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  • 09-10-20

Failed attempt to tell an interesting story

There is so much wrong with this story. The POV this story is told in is awful. "We" this, "us" that. It does not do this story any favors. It seems like the author tried very hard to write an intriguing story, but instead, it is just a mess. The perspective is confusing. The story makes no sense. No interesting characters are introduced. No "hook" to engage the listener. It strives to be innovative, but it fails to be entertaining, uplifting, inspiring, illuminating, anything. I'm sure there is supposed to be a great "lesson" to be learned at the end of this, but the supposed realization of the main character at the end fell completely flat.

I did not enjoy this at all and would not recommend it to anyone, however, if you are someone looking for something completely different, no matter if it is good or not, this is the story for you. It IS different.

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BRILLIANTLY subversive

I'm not surprised this isn't hitting Stateside - this performance piece seeks a difficult audience: one that has simultaneously spent the requisite hundreds of hours it takes to slavishly obsess over Love Island, and enjoys the slightly experimental aspects of this literary-dramatic crossover.

You're basically asking for the high-lowbrow transatlantic crowd that would frequent both Edinburgh AND NY Fringe. And pronounces it freQUENT.

For that sliver of audience this book is AMAZING. I got emotional listening to it and I stretched this buck and a half over 2 days because I wanted it to go on. I wish Cook would write one for every season of the show.

Pretentious AND trashy? I wouldn't be surprised if ITV's behind this whole thing.

As we say on the Island: Don't worry about gettin' pied off, babes, I'll graft for you.

P.S. The pronoun-game some listeners had trouble with plays a key turning point.

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  • 09-11-20

excellent performance

i bought this because daisy ridley is my favorite actress, and if you listen to this performance, i think you can see why. from beginning to end, she gives the script the attention and interpretation it needs, with lots of little flourishes that you only see in the higher quality narrations. there are often confusing dialogues between characters on account of the piece's weird pronoun game (i didn't get it), but they were at least intelligible in terms of who was speaking because of the tastefully done vocal stylings for each character that nevertheless didn't detract from the "one person talking for an hour and a half" appeal of this kind of performance. the story wasn't my favorite (i primarily read non fiction), but i think daisy ridley's performance really made it a worthwhile listen//i would love to see more daisy ridley on audible!

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No wonder it’s free

This is the worst book ever. Just straight up awful. I had to restart 2x thinking I kept missing stuff. Awful

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Awful

This barely deems to be called literature. The 3rd person writing is horrendous and the story is depressing. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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Purposeful Coming-of-Age

A lot of the negative reviews can't get past the POV used or the fact that this story makes you self-introspective in the end, alone with pleasant and troublesome thoughts. The "we" pronouns used are indeed purposeful and it takes up residence in your mind once the finale comes to fruition. I feel like most Young Adult readers would love this experimental coming-of-age. It highlights the themes of self-love and self-awareness; How do we present ourselves to one another? Do we truly know who we are? How do we let the past affect our actions and consequently, our future? What lurks in our heads that we make sure to avoid and never confront?

Whatever you do, I urge you to give this short story a chance. Take your time with it and listen to its message. Savor all the conflicting emotions it conjures within you. A lot of the people who dismissed it so easily missed the point entirely and let the process of the slightest bit of self-discovery come to a halt over superficial misunderstandings. Well done to Daisy Ridley and Elinor Cook!

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Great narration

I really liked the narration. This is short and fast-paced. The story was interesting to me; however, I found the first person plural pronoun use (or whatever it’s called when we is used instead of I) offputting and distracting. Even though the characters aren’t perfect, I was still invested. I enjoyed the end.

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Where is Reality, really...?

An excellent performance by Daisy Ridley, for a captivating short story, which I'm afraid may be lost on most Americans (I say this, only because I am an American who's spent over a decade married to a Briton... ). That's all I can say, without spoilers, but I would advise, anyone listening to this title, stop everything and give it your full attention. Keep your wits about you, and go in with an open heart and mind. I'll be listening again, to go back and capture some of the nuances I might have missed, but for now, I can say it was enjoyable and captivating. A seemingly simple story for our modern times, but complicated by so many layers of consciousness. Kudos to Elinor Cook for crafting SO much into such a short span of time!

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Brilliant look at depth vs. venality.

A short story with a moral compass that peers into the Consciousness of the haves and the have nots locked down together in a reality tv show. Who is good, what is good, what is worth having? Islanders is Well written, well performed and definitely worth a listen.

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A wonderful and beautiful surprise

I started this book with no expectations and was so delighted. Loved the story & performance!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-20

Please listen!

The story was very interesting but was elevated even further by the amazing performance of Daisy Ridley, adding such depth and emotion to the story. The enthusiasm from Daisy is phenomenal and maintained throughout, feeling as if you were following her through every detail in the story. Really hope she does more audibles in the future. Loved the story and loved Daisy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-10-20

Fantastic!

The story is brilliant and Daisy Ridley is such an amazing narrator. She is so enthusiastic and tells the story and details perfectly. She is the best choice for this! Absolutely amazing, love this and love Daisy.

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  • Amazon_Customer
  • 09-17-20

Enjoyable, original piece

I bought this because I enjoy Daisy Ridley's voiceover work, and I was not disappointed - her mellifluous tones were easy to listen to and also well matched to the content. The story is an engaging piece - though I'm not a Love Island fan, I appreciated the author's attempt to shine a light on the implicit exploitation involved in shows like this, and simultaneously to explore the agency and motivations of those who participate. I felt it fell a bit flat at the end but would recommend overall.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-20

A nuanced look at fame, class and gender

This play tackles the messy subject of how fame, especially reality TV fame, impacts and exploits the young and emotionally vulnerable for both its own ends and the entertainment of others. The story follows a contestant on a Love Island style show and unpicks how her decisions could easily be all of ours (the use of a narrative 'we' for the majority of the piece is very clever, particularly in the audio medium, and resolves to a subtle but satisfying pay off). That it is narrated by a woman who found enormous fame so young only deepens the experience. Complex, but very much worth your time.

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  • evgenia
  • 02-28-21

Daisy Ridley's voice is mesmerizing.

The truth is, Daisy Ridley could have narrated Hoover instructions and I would more than likely still would devourer every word.

Presumably the story itself wouldn't be everybody's cup of tea due to it's style and rhythm but what is?

Thank you Daisy. Please do some more narration work.