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The Island Audiobook

The Island

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
A Richard and Judy Summer Read selection.

Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past, but Sofia has never spoken of it. She only admits to growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend and promises that, through her, she will learn more.

Arriving in Plaka, Alexis learns that it lies a stone's throw from the deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony. She finds her mother's friend, Fortini, and hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life: the tale of her great-grandmother, Eleni, and her daughters, and a family rent by tragedy, war and passion. And she discovers how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip.

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What the Critics Say

"At last, a beach book with a heart." (Observer)
"Passionately engaged with its subject." (The Sunday Times)

What Members Say

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    Ragen Nelson 02/02/2008
    Ragen Nelson 02/02/2008 Listener Since 2007
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    "Lovely book"

    As my first audio book I was not disappointed.
    This is a beautiful book, heart wrenching and painful at times but beautiful no less.
    So lovely read, I really felt for the characters in the book, and lost myself in the story on many occasions.
    Well worth a listen.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Chelmsford, United Kingdom 29/08/2008
    Christine Chelmsford, United Kingdom 29/08/2008 Member Since 2007
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    "An engaging and moving story beautifully read"

    An engaging story and beautifully read by Sandra Duncan. Sometimes I have a problem with the voices which narrators use to portray different characters and I found this so with the whiny, shrill tones of the young Anna. But it did point up what an unpleasant and selfish child she was, traits which did not change in adulthood. A very moving story especially of how characters adapted to their new lives on Spinalonga, the prejudices which surround the disease of leprosy and what we can learn from the resilience, understanding and sacrifice of others. Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stroud, United Kingdom 11/03/2012
    Andrew Stroud, United Kingdom 11/03/2012 Member Since 2005
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    "Good plot idea, shame about the writing"

    Such a powerful issue deserves so much better writing. The characters are predictable and cardboard - and the writing has no concept of nuance and understatement. The bad guys are too bad, the good guys are too good, and its hard to care about any of them because its all so wooden. Dramatic tension absolutely lacking - and it was just so obvious how it was going to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    The Slowest Bookworm Stockport, UK 23/09/2008
    The Slowest Bookworm Stockport, UK 23/09/2008 Listener Since 2007
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    "The Island"

    I found this book fascinating. Very interesting characters. The locations are beautifully discribed. Lots of facts and information along the way. I couldn't stop listening and was quite disappointed when I got to the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kirstine 22/08/2012
    Kirstine 22/08/2012
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    "A moving story of love against the odds"

    Having greatly enjoyed The Thread by the same author I downloaded this earlier book and was not disappointed. It has similarities in that it is based the same geographical area, this time Crete, and is told over many decades of the 20th century. Where The Thread encompassed love and war, The Island uses the fear and shame of leprosy as a backdrop to a love story. It's a very moving book with a sympathetic narration that carries the listener along. Recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fenella Petersfield, Hampshire, United Kingdom 31/08/2008
    Fenella Petersfield, Hampshire, United Kingdom 31/08/2008 Member Since 2016
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    "Rather predictable writing"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book - the theme, the idea behind it all sounded like they'd sweep me away from mundane life. Sadly, I found the descriptions all too predictable and found myself writing the script before I heard it! Just not dynamic enough for me I'm afraid.

    It doesn't help that it sounded like it was being read by a slightly passionless newsreader ... sorry!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Leah 04/12/2014
    Leah 04/12/2014 Member Since 2010
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    "My favourite "pick it up anywhere" book"
    Where does The Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Island is one of my favourite audiobooks. It's always downloaded to my phone, it's my "go to" for a quick listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The lovely words read by the "perfect-for-this-story" narrator who adds to the romance and the atmosphere of the book


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The romance between husband and wife though they were seperated by infection adn a stretch of water


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Very emotional, it's hard not to get wrapped up in the horrible situation of the inhabitants of the islands knowing that normality is but a stretch of water away.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, cracking to listen to. I can press play and get lost for a short time. They have chosen the perfect narrator for this story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 12/09/2012
    Amanda 12/09/2012 Member Since 2016
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    "You will get hooked!"

    Lovely book. Nicely told. You get sucked into the island and story and the way of life. And you learn a lot about an illness that in those days we knew little of. Its cruel in parts. But that can be life .......... You want it all to end well. A book not to be missed in my view. It will be one you remembered.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dinnick 19/04/2015
    Sarah Dinnick 19/04/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "a much loved story.."

    well worth listening to snuggled up in bed or even passing the time while donate ironing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Noreen United Kingdom 16/01/2015
    Noreen United Kingdom 16/01/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Lovely story"

    A great read. So much sadness for one family. Yet they carried on with their lives. Could not leave it down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Jan
    Melbourne, Australia
    07/10/12
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    "Depressing"
    What disappointed you about The Island?

    I just found this book so depressing and only listened to the first couple of hours a total waste of a credit for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Duncan?

    I could only read the first couple of hours.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    A total waste of a credit for me I bought this to read on holiday in Greece and was totally disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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