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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Audio Book Review - The Castaways

A while back I won The Castaways on a giveaway. I apologize, because I lost the email, and I am not sure who I won it from. I just finished listening to it, and let me tell you, it was awesome!

EDIT: I found it! I won this from Bev, at Merry Weather!

The Castaways
By Elin Hilderbrand , Katie Hale
ISBN: 1607882388
Published by: HACHETTE AUDIO
Published on: 6/08/2010
Subformat: CD (AUDIO)
Edition: Unabridged

About Elin Hilderbrand (from publisher's website)

Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

About the Book (from the publisher's website)

Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent Nantucket couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail. As the warm weather approaches and the island mourns their loss, nothing can prepare the MacAvoy's closest friends for what will be revealed.

Once again, Hilderbrand masterfully weaves an intense tale of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of endless summer island life.

My review:

I was extremely excited to win this book on CD, because I had never read anything by Elin Hilderbrand, and have always wanted to. I love stories that take place on the East Coast as I lived there for half of my life. I am especially drawn to stories that involve islands back East or coastal towns.

This is one of the first books on CD that I have read that made me also want to read the book. This really says something because it was unabridged so I have listened to the whole book already, but it really was that good!

The Castaways is a story of a tragedy and friendship from many sides. It is the inside of a group of friends that covers the truth of the friendship from the eyes of those inside. It is amazing how everyone has a different piece of the puzzle and their own views of their dynamic. As each side of the story is told, the reader gets to feel like an insider on the "real" story and feels like they are waiting for the characters to catch up. Then another tidbit comes into play. Truly I loved not being able to predict each and every move. I love that!!!

The Castaways was read by Katie Hale who captured each personality in the book. I really believe that the narrator is key when it comes to audio books and Katie Hale definitely does not disappoint.

All in all, I'd highly recommend The Castaways audio book. If you have the chance...check it out. You will not be disappointed.

1 comment:

Anna said...

I don't really do audio books, but I have a hard copy of this book from BEA. I can't wait to get to it. Glad you enjoyed it.

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