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Summary

Bruised from the breakdown of her marriage, Esther Lomax needs to get away, and Malaysia seems the perfect place. But a day's boat trip takes a desperate turn when Esther and six other holidaymakers are taken to a desert island and their guide doesn’t return. As the days pass, tensions erupt, secrets emerge, and time increasingly runs out, Esther must ask herself: Will she leave the island alive?

©2012 Emily Barr (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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  • jennifer
  • alfreton, United Kingdom
  • 26-12-13

Wicked Girls

I must admit when I first started this book as a lot of books they do the prologue which then leaves you dangling for what seems like a very long time, I found myself longing to know what happened you will see what I mean, it does infact come together and brilliantly too, its very clever and well written these two girls have a second chance in life but like most things the past does infact catch up with them in the most bizarre way very gripping well read loved every minute highly recommend this book.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Willssssssoonnnnnn

That's my Tom Hanks from Castaway impression.

This was a great listen. I'll not give away too much or I'll ruin it for you. A group of folk take a day trip out to a secluded island as part of their holidays in Malaysia. Something happens to their captain and they are left stranded. Was it a mistake, was it deliberate, who knows?

I found this a really atmospheric audiobook and could easily picture myself on the island with them, you'll enjoy it.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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COULDN'T " PUT IT DOWN!"

If you could sum up Stranded in three words, what would they be?

COMPELLING
FASCINATING
SURPRISING

Any additional comments?

As a confirmed "whodunit" fan, I was in two minds whether to try this book, but I'm so glad I did... it has started to wean me off the Detective genre. Very well written - the lead character is SO like one of us in her thoughts and feelings... From the first, this book draws you in and although I thought I knew where it was going - I did not. Finding herself stranded at the beginning of the book I was afraid it would be tedious but far from it...A very clever plot line. Try this book - you will not be disappointed.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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A good listen, glad I tried it.

What did you like most about Stranded?

It was just a nice easy listen, kept me interested. I felt I cared for the characters and I like that there was more to it than just a "castaway" element.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this book in one straight weekend. I spent two days painting or baby's nursery while 28 weeks pregnant and the story was enough that I kept painting through the tiredness just for an excuse to keep listening and find out more. I think this is a sign that it is a good enough story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable

Any additional comments?

Really easy book to get into and keep listening. Good descriptives all through but I became especially engrossed when actually 'stranded'. Thought the stranded bit would take up more of the story as that's the title and was a bit disappointed it didn't as I liked that part. However the overall story was good, I enjoyed it and I have listened pretty avidly - which is wonderful after feeling obliged to persevere with some well-marketed tat recently. So thumbs up from me for this story!

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  • j
  • 11-02-18

Great book and well narrated

I enjoyed this book - a good story which evolved well and kept me interested. The end was a little predictable but it didn’t spoil the overall enjoyment. Good narration too. Recommend.

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A true page turner

Picked this as a 2 for one offer at random. Such a brilliant story. Narrator excellent, tension well balanced and I just had to keep with it. Highly recommended

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Kept me guessing

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the unexpectedness of the plot and how it made you question yourself. It is too easy to second-guess plots these days but this one had lots of surprises with twists and turns that kept me guessing.

What about Antonia Beamish’s performance did you like?

She was pretty good with accents.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you wish for!

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Clever

Really liked this. Not sure why I downloaded it and it was on my list for ages before I got round to listening. So glad I did. It's gripping, surprising and different. Narrator is excellent too.

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Surprising Ending

Would you try another book written by Emily Barr or narrated by Antonia Beamish?

Yes

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ending was unexpected but in keeping with the rest of the story

Would you listen to another book narrated by Antonia Beamish?

Yes

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed reading this book, not earth shattering, must read again, but a pleasant way to spend reading. A few surprises and a good ending.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful