The Island

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

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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What disappointed you about The Island?

I just found this book so depressing and only listened to the first couple of hours a total waste of a credit for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Duncan?

I could only read the first couple of hours.

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Any additional comments?

A total waste of a credit for me I bought this to read on holiday in Greece and was totally disappointed.

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- Jan

Book Details

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