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The Island

Narrated by: Emilia Fox
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.

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. She discovers how secrecy holds them all in its powerful grip.

©2005 Victoria Hislop (P)2006 Headline Audiobooks

Critic reviews

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

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it's not full book.


not full book. I was suprised that only parts of the book are read.

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Very good

Interesting makes us want to holiday there and probably will , sad, happy , romantic , intriguing , similar to a book called the Island

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. I do not read much fiction so this was an exception, but well worth it.

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A deep and interesting story.

This story transports you to beautiful Greece. Both the characters and the way the story is told keeps your interest throughout.