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Summary

Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to find an escaped murderer named Rachel Solando.

As a killer hurricane bears down on the island, the investigation deepens, and the questions mount. How has a barefoot woman escaped from a locked room? Who is leaving them clues in the form of cryptic codes? And what really goes on in Ward C?

The closer Teddy gets to the truth, the more elusive it becomes. And the more he begins to believe that he may never leave Shutter Island. Because someone is trying to drive him insane....

©2003 Dennis Lehane (P)2015 Hachette Digital

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Gripping and so well read

Where does Shutter Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

near the very top! this is one of those books that really does have it all, interesting story, very well written and impeccably read. It's set in an insane asylum which piqued my interest immediately (I find books about the mind so intriguing!) and as you would imagine...all is not as it seems. there are some fabulous twists that I certainly didn't see coming. It is terribly sad in places and can be quite unsettling, the ending is so so good!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chuck... or was it? no spoilers, you'll have to listen to find out!

Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I fully intend to now.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no... I didn't want the book to end as it was so good but I was also desperate to get to the truth with Teddy!

Any additional comments?

JUST. GET. IT. You won't be disappointed!

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Great story

I loved this audiobook, as I knew I would because I love the film and have see it very many times. This is one where the film actually stays true to the book, I'm happy to say. I listened to this all in one day because I enjoyed it so much.

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Lehane at his best

One of the best books I've ever listened to. Mystery, action, thriller and a dose of psychology.

Lehane makes you feel for the characters, creates picture perfect images in your mind and keeps you hooked right to the end.

Narrator does a fine job.

What more do you want out of a book?

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Brilliant

I enjoyed the film and I've been surprised with how closely the film has matched the book. The narration was perfect!

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mixed bag

An intriguing story to begin with as the story unfold. A disappointing ending. Felt cheated by it.

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Breathtaking!

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Beautifully written and great performance. I listened to this in 2 sittings (not sitting really, tidying!) I loved every minute of it! Thoroughly recommend! The setting, characters, twist all bloody brilliant, captivating, so emotional!

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Missing Paragraphs and Sentences

I read and listen to the same book and audiobook and noticed in this title Shutter Island a lot of paragraphs and sentences are missing from the audiobook which do sometimes make a difference in the story. If you never knew this the audiobook is ok but I can’t listen to it knowing bits are missing. I’ve told Audible and said they need to redo the whole audiobook again as people are missing out.

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Soooo good

Loved this. I had watched the film first but that didn't spoil this for me. A twisty tale that keeps you hooked. the characters have so much depth. The narration is just perfect. A must listen!

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Fantastic

I don’t normally leave reviews but I just want to say how enjoyable this book is, brilliantly read and gripping from start to finish. I really don’t think it makes any difference as to whether you have watched the film first, highly highly recommended

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High expectations, destroyed by dull dictation

So dissatisfied, well done to motion picture screen writers for making the movie great!

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Gripping dark thriller.

What did you love best about Shutter Island?

The complex characters, particularly Teddy. Haunted by myriad ghosts and has a thinly-veiled brutal nature.

What other book might you compare Shutter Island to and why?

The Magus by John Fowles. As with The Magus, in Shutter Island, reality is not as it appears.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Teddy sets fire to Dr Collies car. Disturbingly, I found this scene quite satisfying!

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

Definitely. I found Dolores interaction with the children shocking and macabre.

Any additional comments?

A thought-provoking novel.