The Beach Trees

Narrated by: Ki Gottberg, Gin Hammond
Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (469 ratings)

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In the aftermath of tragedy, life goes on - painful and forever altered, but ripe with new beginnings. For Julie Holt, travelling to the beautiful but ravaged coast of Biloxi, Mississippi, is a journey into a secret past, and a life she never expected....

Julie first knew loss at the age of 12, when her sister disappeared, never to be found. As her once close-knit family grew apart, Julie's mother obsessively searched for the girl, and when her mother died, Julie took up the search, never letting go of the hope. Then, at an art exhibition in New York, she meets Monica - a struggling artist and single mother who reminds Julie so much of her sister that she can't help feeling drawn to her: Monica paints a vivid picture of her family, but never says why or how she lost contact with them. And she has another secret: a heart condition that will soon take her life.

When Monica dies, Julie inherits from her an antique portrait - as well as custody of her young son. Taking him back to Biloxi and New Orleans to see the family he has never met, Julie discovers a connection of her own. The portrait, of an old relative, was done by her great-grandfather - and unlocks a family history she never knew.

©2011 Karen White (P)2011 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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The ending was very weak

This book was a very good until chapter 29 and 30. I am tired of the homosexuality thing being crammed down my throat every time I read a book buy a modern-day author

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Great book! Awful southern accent

I have never written a review before but Amy's southern accent was so grating that I had to comment
about it. The book was great but the awful really was distracting.

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Not her best book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was not impressed with the way this book was narrated and I am sure the author has never been around a 5 year old boy. Generally speaking little boys who have just turned 5 do not have cell phone numbers memorized and haven't lost their baby teeth yet. I would not recommend this book.

Would you be willing to try another book from Karen White? Why or why not?

Yes.

Did Ki Gottberg and Gin Hammond do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No.

Do you think The Beach Trees needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

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Good book for a long trip

Would you listen to The Beach Trees again? Why?

I enjoyed this book while on a long car trip. The long story was a perfect match to the long journey.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Beach Trees?

The discriptions of the storm damage were so real I felt like I too was there.

What aspect of Ki Gottberg and Gin Hammond ’s performance would you have changed?

The accents didn't ring quite true.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really one moment, just the developement of the people.

Any additional comments?

I would not recomend this book to anyone in a hurry, you need to just enjoy the slow reveal

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Mystery in New Orleans

Classic Karen White. Family mystery told in flashback. Great character development. Some may argue a predictable storyline, but there were a few twists to the plot. Overall, a great story. Loved Amy's character.

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l Loved it from the beginning . Very intriguing

One of Karen Whites best. Narrator very good, and pleasant to listen to. Too short.

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Good story, poor narration

The story is good, leaves a mystery unsolved which irritates me. My low rating is due to the narration. Both narrators sound very stilted when switch character voices which annoyed me.

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Karen White, one of my favorite authors

This book switches from past to present and kept me on the edge of my seat!! Would recommend.

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Another great Karen White!

Ms. White takes her time in telling a story but if you enjoy listening to books it is worth the time. Although the solution of the mystery is somewhat obvious, her descriptions of New Orleans and Biloxi are entertaining and her characters interesting. Good narration too!

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Resident of the Gulf Coast

I like the descriptions and details referencing the coast before a hurricane and after Katrina! I have lived through 2 major hurricanes in this area, but this is home! Heartwarming illustrations put into words; well done Karen White!