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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth and Jackson Shore married young, raised two daughters, and weathered the storms of youth as they built a future together. But after the children leave home, they quietly drift apart. When Jack accepts a wonderful new job offer, Elizabeth puts her needs aside to follow him across the country. Until the sudden death of her father changes everything. Grieving and alone, she retreats to an isolated beach house where she packs away the last remnants of her parents' lives. There, the pieces of a past she never knew unfold to reveal a tender story of lasting devotion, the kind of steadfast commitment that Elizabeth admits is missing from her own marriage. Faced with her own disillusionment, she makes a terrifying decision, risking everything she has for a second chance at happiness.
(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Hit way too close to home

Having been married nearly 33 years and moved 22 times in that period to a husband who is also a superstar in his field, I oh so get it. I, too, am at that point of my life where I have just about had it with the moves and being put on the back burner. Having raised our child, who is grown and gone, and having to had forgone any sort of career and wondering just what the heck do I do now, and what do I want to do; I really got this one. It is hard being married to a man who is sexy, gorgeous and successful and being a wife looked at by his younger female coworkers as arm candy with no intelligence. You find yourself isolating and not being able to connect and make friends any longer because you know it will end in a couple of years or so. Many times listening to this my heart would just ache. I actually feel a little inspired to get some brushes, canvas, and paint and see if I can still create art like I used to when I was young. I even wish there was a Passionless Woman group as encouragement.

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  • Michelle
  • MADISONVILLE, KY, United States
  • 09-24-16

Boring and predictable

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe an older person wiht a boring life would like this book.

What was most disappointing about Kristin Hannah’s story?

There was no real story. The plot line was predictable and the narrator was not good at all. The southern accent was completely off and annoying.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator is a must.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book was about love, choices and redemption. The ideas were ok, but not in any way exciting.

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a struggle to reach the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Bernadette Quigley’s performances?

Ms Quigley should seek a new profession.

What character would you cut from Distant Shores?

Too many to choose.

Any additional comments?

Story and narration equally share the blame for such a boring audible. The narrator's exaggerated fake southern accent was almost laughable. Main character was portrayed as a spineless, lazy, uninteresting, why get out of bed at all, female. Her segments made you want to hit fast forward. The husband Jack's character was a step up. Sub-stories were mere book fillers that went nowhere. This whole predictable story could have taken ten minutes. In a nut shell - couple split up, blah blah blah, wife picks up a paint brush, blah blah blah, she starts to paint again, blah blah blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, couple reunites - the end, thank goodness! Don't waste your time or hard earned bucks on this one. Kristen Hannah has written some wonderfully good reads, "Winter Garden", "Things We Do For Love", "Night Road", "Magic Hour", just to name a few. I honestly don't know where this one came from.

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Distant shores

Having a very strong daughter the character Elizabeth resonated with me.Her fight to find herself after raising her family shows just how much courage you need to not just survive but to thrive in life. Her marriage ment a lot to her and the author brings both together in a book worth reading.

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The narrator makes the audible book I feel.

I just did not like the narration. It made the book slow. I had a hard time getting through it. I was disappointed because I have loved other books by this author.

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  • ct,usa
  • 03-02-18

A little cheesy, but ok.

What did you like best about Distant Shores ? What did you like least?

The narrator annoyed me. Some of the descriptive language and dialogue was unsophisticated. The character's self talk also seemed underdeveloped and immature.

Would you recommend Distant Shores to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I just don't feel like it is for the sophisticated reader. I found myself irritated at the main characters, and considered returning this book several times.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

She sounds like Andy McDowell, an actress I enjoy, but as a narrator I found her annoying.

Did Distant Shores inspire you to do anything?

Stay married.

Any additional comments?

This book is so different from "The great alone" I was disappointed. But yet, I felt like the author was trying to encourage middle aged woman who have dedicated their lives to their families to find their own lives, and stay married. It is a good message.

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This book is sweet.

This book has a sweet story. It doesn't pull at your heart strings like some of her more recent books. One thing I didn't like is one of the characters (not a primary one) was named Large Marge and that is the name of a character in her most recent book.

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Good book, terrible narrator

A great narrator can really bring a book to life. They make you feel like you are there in the story, that all the characters have their own voices and personalities and they make you want to keep listening! The narrator for Distant Shores uses very little inflection, her way of changing voices between characters is to make them have a gravely voice and her sentences seem to run on without pausing to allow the listener to let the narration sink in. The narrator for The Nightingale was fabulous so I know that Ms. Hannah has access to better narrators for her books. I just wish she had chosen one for this book.

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Horrible narrator

OMG ... the narrator is appalling boring, expressionless, spoilt the book. Zero stars on this one.

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Kristin Hannah does not disappoint

I love this author. She knows how to keep everyone interested and engaged in the story.

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  • Rachel Brand
  • 02-28-12

Very thought-provoking

I really, really enjoyed this book. I loved how it showed that you can rediscover who you are deep inside and invigorate your life without giving up your marriage or family. Elizabeth made mistakes in letting her family take over who she was and lost herself in the process, but she was able to reawaken herself without giving up her husband and daughters. My only real difficulty with this book was that Jack and Birdie didn't exactly have a "normal" family life, and while I'm sure many couples go through similar struggles, Jack's job and fame presented a lot of issues that other families wouldn't have to deal with. Plus, I'm really not a sports fan at all, and I found a lot of the aspects of his work to be pretty pretentious. Otherwise, I thought that the book was a very realistic presentation of what can happen to a couple once their children have left home and they realise that they've forgotten why they got married in the first place. I didn't find this at all depressing, as one might expect, since I'm getting married in five months. It didn't make me scared for what might come in twenty years time. Instead, it encouraged me to pursue my hobbies and talents and not let them get pushed aside. I wouldn't ever want to end up like Birdie, married for twenty-four years yet having no idea of who she is. I could see from Jack and Birdie's experiences that it's important to have a balance in marriage and in supporting each other's dreams. A very thought-provoking book. This was my first Kristin Hannah novel and I imagine that it'll stay with me for a while. I'll be reading more from her.

On the narration: The narrator managed to give each character distinct voices without being over-the-top , and I'm not sure how they managed it, but at certain parts of the recording the audio company used affects to make it sound like someone was talking down a telephone line or shouting from a different room. It definitely brought the characters of this novel to life. Highly recommended