The Island

  • by Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by Sandra Duncan
  • 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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)

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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Ragen Nelson

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!
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- Fenella

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-11-2006
  • Publisher: Headline Audiobooks