• The Tenth Island

  • Finding Joy, Beauty, and Unexpected Love in the Azores
  • By: Diana Marcum
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mozo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)

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The Tenth Island

By: Diana Marcum
Narrated by: Rebecca Mozo
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Publisher's summary

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer comes an exuberant memoir of personal loss and longing, and finding connection on the remote Azorean islands of the Atlantic Ocean.

Reporter Diana Marcum is in crisis. A long-buried personal sadness is enfolding her - and her career is stalled - when she stumbles upon an unusual group of immigrants living in rural California. She follows them on their annual return to the remote Azores islands in the Atlantic Ocean, where bulls run down village streets, volcanoes are active, and the people celebrate festas to ease their saudade, a longing so deep that the Portuguese word for it can’t be fully translated.

Years later, California is in a terrible drought, the wildfires seem to never end, and Diana finds herself still dreaming of those islands and the chuva - a rain so soft you don’t notice when it begins or ends.

With her troublesome Labrador retriever, Murphy, in tow, Diana returns to the islands of her dreams only to discover that there are still things she longs for - and one of them may be a most unexpected love.

©2018 Diana Marcum (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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"Mozo's performance breathes life into the real-life people in this audiobook.... Marcum's words and Mozo's performance are a lovely combination, which is sure to help listeners escape to a more tranquil place - at least in their minds." (AudioFile)

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Fun Memoir-Travelogue

My rating scale: 1-Not for me/2-It's okay/3-Pretty good/4-It's great/5-I love it!

Basically, this is a memoir - but if you have some wanderlust, warning - you might find yourself interested in the Azores! The lesson to learn from this book is that while the TV travel shows are fun to watch, the best way to truly learn about a new place is to stay for a while, make friends, live like a native, and visit more than once. Worth a listen!

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