Summer Island

Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Length: 10 hrs
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Thirty-four-year-old Ruby Bridge is a not-too-successful comedienne who uses her mother, a nationally-syndicated "moral and spiritual counselor" as the main fodder for her cynical, rather bitter humor. Her mother Nora, long divorced from Ruby's father, is a woman whose past is just about to catch up with her - in the form of blackmail by a former lover.

After an accident (an attempted suicide?) Ruby returns to care for her stricken mother - bitterly resenting the fact that once again her mother's life has colonized hers. When she is approached by a publisher to write a biography of her mother, Ruby is desperate for the princely sum offered. Yet her research into her mother's past reveals a woman very different from the one Ruby expected. And what began as "mommy dearest" ends as a love story - not only between mother and daughter, but involving two very different men who play a key role in linking the past to the present.

©2001 Kristin Hannah (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Wonderful!

This book reminds you not to judge a book by the cover, or a person by a photograph. Written in a wonderful way not to judge other people, because we don't know their history and the why or how they got to where they are in life.
The characters were real and genuine. Kirsten Hannah is one of the best story writers of our time!

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Thought it would be a typical story

The story line has been done and done again, but having grown up in a broken home, I appreciated the story line and it was a nice grown up reminder that we really don't know all that we think to know about things that happened in our family / families life when we were kids.

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AMAZING BOOK!!!

This book is wonderful!!!! I listen while I run - found myself crying while running... WOW! I am so sad this book is over!!!!!

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Nice summer read

Easy listening and I loved how the reader was able to transition the audience from character to character so smoothly. I always knew just who was in character alk the time.

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Disappointed

I was a bit disappointed with this read. Maybe because it was an earlier writing than the ones I’ve been reading; earlier in her career. This just did not capture me and hold my attention as so many of her others. The love scenes were a bit steamier than I like but glad to know that her more recent writings are tremendous! Love this author even though not happy with this particular read.

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Over descriptive for my taste

If you are the kind of person that likes a very descriptive, detailed story, this book is for you. Personally I like a lot more action so this book was not for me. I felt like it drug in a lot of spots, and it could have been done in an hour while still including the whole story. If you have a challenged relationship with your mother, would not recommend it.

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Wonderful escape book

The perfect antidote to a wintertime cold and cough was being taken way to Summer Island and its beautifully crafted characters and well-spun story. I laughed; I cried; I cheered. There was lots of real-world wisdom imparted, and just the right amount of love and forgiveness to redeem the mistakes of the oh-so-human characters without making them too perfect or the plot too contrived. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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Easy read

Besides being a little bit predictable, this was an easy book to read and enjoy.

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It was okay

Not what I expected from Kristen Hannah. It was a good book but not filled with the twists and turns of the others.

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Great read

Though some things were foreseeable, definitely some surprises! of course I love anything by Kristin Hannah.

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  • 12-23-12

Engaging women's fiction

I was going to give this audiobook a rating of 3.5*, but the ending was so sweet and the scene at the 4th of July party nearly made me cry, so I'm rounding it up to a 4*. I didn't find this book quite as good as the previous novel I read from this author (Distant Shores), but perhaps that's just because the book was drawn out over a longer period of time as I didn't have as much time to listen as usual due to moving house and starting a new semester at university. It was definitely an easy listen, even if it wasn't as compelling as Distant Shores. Kristin Hannah can be relied on to produce engaging women's fiction that deals with real-life issues and contains realistic, flawed characters with just a dash of romance.