- A Novel
- Narrated by: Denice Hicks
- Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-06-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
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The Island, whose setting is the remote private isle of Tuckernuck, is primarily a story of four women Birdie Cousins, her daughters Chess and Tate, and Birdie’s sister, India. The women, of course, are all harboring dark secrets and rediscovering long-lost desires, and they agree to reunite at the family’s rustic compound after an absence of more than a dozen years. Over the course of a month and plenty bottles of Sancerre the women fight and reconnect, love and lose love. The impetus for the gathering is Chess, who’s recovering from both a broken engagement and the subsequent accidental death of her ex-fiance, but the Cousins gals all in turn come to face and conquer their own, less obvious demons.
This, as is much of the best so-called “summer beach reading”, is about women tapping into their empowerment. The book rotates among the perspectives of each woman, and narrator Denice Hicks is at her best when giving voice to Birdie, a perpetual people-pleaser and the most naive of the bunch. This is a wide-eyed matriarch whose continual surprise and shock at life’s event lends credence to Hick’s lilting, almost musical inflections. Hicks does falter, though, when she reads as the other characters, most notably the worldly and adventurous India, whose nascent affair with a younger woman comes across as disingenuous. At 15 hours, the book isn’t a quick listen, but in the end goes down just as smooth as the Cousins’ coveted Sancerre. Jaime Buerger
It's only the first hint of what will be a summer of upheavals and revelations. Before the dust has even begun to settle, far worse news arrives, sending Chess into a tailspin of despair. Reluctantly taking a break from the first new romance she's embarked on since the recent end of her 30-year marriage, Birdie circles the wagons and enlists the help of her younger daughter, Tate, and her own sister, India. Soon all four are headed for beautiful, rustic Tuckernuck Island, off the coast of Nantucket, where their family has summered for generations. No phones, no television, no grocery store - a place without distractions where they can escape their troubles.
But throw sisters, daughters, ex-lovers, and long-kept secrets onto a remote island, and what might sound like a peaceful getaway becomes much more. Before summer has ended, dramatic truths are uncovered, old loves are rekindled, and new loves make themselves known. It's a summertime story only Elin Hilderbrand can tell, filled with the heartache, laughter, and surprises that have made her best-selling novels as much a part of summer as a long afternoon on a sunny beach.
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By Christian on 08-04-10
OMG this was the worst narrator!
I couldn't even get to the heart of the story - assuming there is one. The narrator was like listening Desperate Housewives narrator or someone who read stories to 2nd graders. I was hoping for a light beach read, and maybe would accomplish that in the book version, but just couldn't stomach listening to this woman "read to me" as if I were a 7.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Mary on 07-29-10
Couldn't relate to the women
I really disliked this book. I could not relate to any of the women. There was so much angst over so little. The narrotor's voice did not help at all. This is an author and narrator I will remember so I will never listen again.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful